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Cookie usage and policy

Allowing your browser to set Radioplayer cookies

Radioplayer uses cookies to enhance your experience. It allows us to maintain your list of station presets and the recent listen history. What we don’t do, is store personally identifiable information like email or IP addresses etc. Nevertheless some browsers block third-party cookies and assume all are evil, so you’ll need to change your cookie settings to tell your browser that Radioplayer cookies aren’t evil. Until then, we’re only able to bring you a limited set of features.

AboutCookies.org is a great reference for how to edit your cookie settings. You want to look for a setting that lets you allow "third party cookies". And if the only cookies you want to allow, are our friendly ones, then you can add *.radioplayer.co.uk and cookie.radioplayer.co.uk to any approved site whitelist which your browser may have.

Cookies on Radioplayer web consoles

How Radioplayer uses cookies

Cookies are small files which websites use to enhance the experience they offer their users. At Radioplayer, we use cookies to offer you simple personalisation features which enhance your radio listening experience and help you discover more radio.

What do our cookies do?

The cookies we set allow for a number of features. For example, we store the current volume level so you don’t have to keep changing it every time you open a Radioplayer window. When you add a station to your My Stations list, we store this in a cookie. And the list of stations you’ve listened to recently? That’s kept in a cookie too. We also use cookies to provide additional functionality and to ensure your Radioplayer experience is smooth no matter what device or browser you choose to use. We’re careful to only use cookies for tracking when they’re absolutely necessary.

Do you store personal information in cookies?

No, we don’t store anything that could be used to personally identify you, such as contact information. After all, you don’t need to enter your email address before you could turn on the radio at home. And we’re here to make sure listening to the radio online is just as easy.

Who else sets cookies when I use Radioplayer?

As part of our efforts to give you the best possible experience, we collect aggregate web statistics to help us understand which features our users enjoy the most and how often people listen to the radio with Radioplayer. These statistics are collected by Google through a service called Google Analytics. It’s used by millions of websites around the world. The cookies are named _ga, _utma, _utma, _utmc, _utmv and _utmz. Google provides a method of opting out of this tracking. Click here for more information.

Additionally radio stations may set their own cookies when you use Radioplayer. Those cookies are outside of our control and we recommend that if you’re worried, you check their cookie policies. To help, here are a few links to some of the policies set by the biggest stations in the UK. If the station you’ve just come from isn’t below, visit their website or contact them directly for information.

How can I stop all of these cookies?

You should follow the links above to stop Google Analytics and radio stations from setting cookies. For Radioplayer, you can re-configure your browser to block cookies from cookie.radioplayer.co.uk. Take a look at www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org for some good advice on what you need to do.

What happens if I block Radioplayer cookies?

Radioplayer is able to operate in a very reduced mode when cookies are disabled. You’ll still be able to listen to the radio, view recommendations and search for stations but you won’t be able to save stations to your My Stations list, nor see your listening history.

I’m interested in the technical details about Radioplayer cookies

announcement
A marker to ensure you only see any Radioplayer announcements once per session
guid
Unique identifiers set for each unique browser to allow for aggregated analysis
interstitial
A marker to ensure you only see any radio-station provided advertising once per session
lastplayed
Contains a number which relates to the last station a listener listened to.
listeninghistory
Contains a list of the radio stations you’ve listened to, so we can show it in your Recents list.
preferences
A cookie which stores whether a user has seen certain one-time messages in the console
presets
A list of radio stations that you’ve added to your My Stations (favourites)
primed
Allows Radioplayer to work well on Safari on iOS devices
stationlistprefix
Helps make the A-Z station list work well by storing the last letter viewed
volume
Contains the volume level value so you don’t have to keep adjusting the volume when listening across different stations on Radioplayer
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