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The BBC is said to be working on its own music streaming service called “Playlister,” which will give license-fee payers free access to “hundreds of thousands” of tracks at no extra cost. The service is expected to compete with the likes of Spotify and Deezer in the United Kingdom.

The BBC has “talked about” launching a music streaming service before, according to British broadsheet The Telegraph, but it has previously run into problems securing the necessary rights. It’s now in talks with other music services in an effort to side-step this problem.

A BBC spokesperson confirmed:

“The BBC is regularly in conversation with digital music providers about how we strengthen radio’s position as the number one place for discovering music in the UK.”

Playlister is set to make its debut later this year, or in early 2013, according to the report, with the BBC’s director of Audio & Music, Tim Davie, in charge of the initiative. It has been described as an “iPlayer for music,” and the BBC will be hoping that it can become just as popular.

Launched in 2007, iPlayer has become a huge success, being used more than 196 million times during June to September of this year.

[Via: The Telegraph]