CBC Listen is where live radio shows, podcasts and playlists live - all in one place.The Listen website launched this Spring and the Listen app will launch in the Google Play and App Stores this Fall. We've listed some features and benefits as well as some FAQs for you in this article.
CBC Listen App Features and Benefits
- Easy access to Radio One and CBC Music LIVE streams.
- Select from live streams wherever you are from across Canada.
- Learn more about the show and listen to recently aired episodes of popular Radio and Music content.
- Listen to recently aired episodes and segments from your favourite talk and music shows.
- Catch editor’s picks of current events and hot topics.
- Search the section for your favourite shows and hosts.
- Listen to CBC Music Live Sessions and Concerts
- Browse & listen to our award-winning original podcasts.
- View in order of most recent to most popular, listen to serials or episode-specific content.
- Search the section for your favourite podcast.
CBC MUSIC PLAYLISTS
- Browse & listen to hundreds of curated playlists created by CBC producers.
- Countless genres suited for any mood and activity.
- Search by genre.
- Use the Favourite function so you can jump to your favourite shows, podcasts and playlists.
- Try the Save For Later function to tag content you’ll get to another time.
- The new Play Status and Recently Played functions allow you to revisit and review your listening activity, in case you want to pick up where you left off.
- Set the Sleep Timer so you can fall asleep to your favourite shows, podcasts and playlists.
- Want to know the name of the song you heard on a CBC Music show? Access Playlogs in the CBC Listen app to learn the song title, artist and album names.
- iOS users can now use AirPlay to send CBC Listen content to their preferred and connected receivers.
- Coming Soon: Offline Listening (podcasts for download)
What mobile operating systems work best with Listen?
Listen apps work best on:
- iOS 11 and up
- Android 7.0 and up
App download success may also depend on your device’s operating system.
If you’re unable to access the Listen app, please check the operating system. Should an install still fail, please send the device type and operating system to our support team via email@example.com
What happened to the CBC Radio and CBC Music apps?
The CBC Radio app has become CBC Listen. This means that the next time a CBC Radio user updates their app – boom! You’ll have CBC Listen on your mobile device.
CBC Music has been discontinued and is no longer supported for updates. No need for two apps when you have everything (and more!) all in one app.
When did CBC Listen launch?
The CBC Listen app launched in September 2019. It is available in Google Play and the App Store.
What other features are coming?
After the Fall launch, we will be working on:
- refined search,
- downloadable content,
- CarPlay and Android Auto,
- improved conversational interfaces,
- Android tablet and more!
How many tracks can I skip when listening to CBC Music Playlists?
CBC Music Playlists enables continuous play of curated music with up to 6 skips per hour. If you skip 6 tracks in an hour, rest-assured that the skip counter automatically resets when you reach the next hour.
Can I access CBC Listen content outside of Canada?
You will always be able to access Live Streams and our Original Podcasts. On Demand and Music Playlists are subject to geo-fencing due to rights management and can only be enjoyed in Canada.
Why does the CBC Listen app request access my location? Will the app not work if I do not enable my device’s location detection?
Some CBC Listen content is accessible without sharing location. Notably, sharing location will allow CBC to auto-detect your region so that if you are in Canada, you can enjoy the free the Live Streams. If you choose to not share your location, you will see the default live Radio 1 (Ottawa) and CBC Music (Eastern) radio streams only, instead of your local, regional streams and you will not be able to launch the Live Streams.
Will CBC Listen web and CBC Listen apps be synced (like my other streaming accounts)?
At this time, the web and apps experience are independent of one another. We are working on ways to merge the experiences.
Where will I find Playlogs?
While you’re listening to a CBC Music show, simply tap the player so it displays the full screen view. Scroll down in the full screen player. You’ll see a playlogs selection in the view, tap this and you’ll be taken to the respective playlogs page in the app.
If you’re looking for a playlog for a previously-aired show, search for the show in the Live or On Demand sections. Tap on the show and browse the available playlogs by airdate. Once in the playlog, search for the respective time to land on the track you are looking for.
When I want to hear what’s live on the air in another Canadian region, how do I change the location in CBC Listen?
We want our listeners to be able to access Canadian content from anywhere across the country. There are two ways to do so:
- When you are in the Live Radio section of CBC Listen, tap on the location displayed the Radio One or CBC Music program currently on the air
Hint: There a downward facing triangle to the right of the location name
- Once tapped, you will be shown a new view of available stations
- Tap on the location or region of your choice
- When you are in the Live Radio section of CBC Listen and have selected either Radio One or CBC Music, simply scroll down below the show currently airing
- Here you’ll see an ‘On Air’ section with a switch that you can tap to access ‘All Locations’
- Once switched on, you can scroll horizontally to see what’s playing across all of our regions
How do I enable CBC Listen to detect my location so that I can hear programming from my region?
The CBC Listen app relies on your device’s permission settings to access your location. Be sure to check your mobile device’s Security and Privacy settings to insure your Location service is set to ‘on’.
Is the new Listen app streaming only? Or can I download shows onto my phone, like with the old Radio app?
The current version of CBC Listen is enabled for streaming only. CBC Podcasts and On Demand content will be available for download in the coming weeks in a forthcoming app update. Our team of designers and developers are already hard at work to bring this functionality to you very soon.
Does the Save for Later feature mean I can listen to content when I am offline?
At this time, the Save for Later feature is intended to be used as a bookmark for content you’d like to listen to at another time. Once content is made available for download and offline listening, you will have the option to both bookmark and save content to your device. Stay tuned for this update in the coming weeks.
As a CBC Radio app user, will the content I saved in the My Radio view be ported over to CBC Listen?
Unfortunately, with the update, your saved items are no longer available. They were stored only in the app and are not recoverable. If you find a large data cache, we recommend deleting and reinstalling the app. This should clear the space taken by these files.