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Radio Alan: The Alan Partridge Player

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Have you ever wished you could listen to Alan Partridge’s radio show for real?

Now you can.

Radio Alan – the official Alan Partridge app takes audio clips of Alan broadcasting ‘live’ on the radio and plays them interspersed with songs from your iTunes library.

It creates the impression that you’re listening to Alan’s ACTUAL show live on North Norfolk Digital.

Back of the net!

As loyal Partridge fans will know, Alan’s radio segues often end with him introducing a song in his own inimitable style…

“Keep your clubs away from his young, it’s Seal”

The app will recognise if you have a (e.g.) Seal track in your iTunes library and play it in the right place. All the songs that Alan introduces are available to download from a “Partridge Playlist” within the app along with other Alan favourites.

As a bonus feature, Alan will analyse your iTunes library and let you know what he thinks of your music taste. You can improve your score by downloading Alan-approved songs from the Partridge Playlist.

The app comes preloaded with clips taken from Mid Morning Matters. Additional clips are available to download once you’ve heard all of these and further material will also be released in the future.

Alan clips bundled with the app include introductions for the following songs:
Wizzard - Any song
Def Leppard - Any song
The Simon Park Orchestra - Eye Level (Instrumental)
The Commodores - Three Times a Lady
Enya - Orinoco Flow
Jamiroquai - Any song

Alan clips in the in-app purchase pack include introductions for the following songs:
The Vapors - Turning Japanese
Susan Boyle - Amazing Grace
Duran Duran - Any song
Seal - Any song
Michael Jackson - Any song
Simply Red - Any song
Elton John - Daniel
Alison Moyet - Any song
Visage - Fade to Grey
Scritti Politti - Any song
Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun

Radio Alan: The Alan Partridge Player was conceived by Brighton-based app development studio Touch Fantastic and developed in collaboration with Baby Cow Productions and BBC Worldwide.

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What's New in Version 1.0.2

Bug-fixes and refinements:
• Fixed rare crashes on launch (sorry to those affected!)
• Prioritised clips where Alan introduces songs
• Made in-app purchase immediately accessible

We have also investigated supporting iTunes Match. Unfortunately, Apple does not currently offer developers sufficient access to fully support iTunes Match in apps such as Radio Alan. As a workaround, we suggest ensuring the tracks you want to listen to are downloaded to your device. See for more details.


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Customer Reviews

Genius app, absolutely fantastic, be prepared to laugh out loud.

Hand downs the best app I've ever bought, it's THE reason to have an iphone over any other smart phone. Would definitely recommend getting the add-on, as the original runs out far too quick, but to be fair, so does it all in the end. This is an app that I'll use for a period till I've cycled through all the fills, leave it a couple weeks, come back and it'll have me in stitches all over again, never gets old!

I only have a couple of the integrated tracks, but reckon it's worth tracking down them all!

If you have delicate ribs, get medical insurance before listening!

With one almighty bound, Alan Partridge propels North Norfolk Digital to the very pinnacle of the 21st century hi-tech multi-media world!

If you have delicate ribs, get medical insurance before listening. It does sound like the 12 inch plate scam all over again, charging me to play my own music, but in fact Alan segues seamlessly around my own music better than I ever could, and he's found great stuff I didn't even know I had. Pity I was laughing too much to remember what it was.

The doctor says I'll be able to take the rib strapping off in a week or two.

I think you said that Alan?

Having downloaded the app I liked it first off and I am an Alan fan. As others say it's like having a local live radio station. However after a few hours use I had heard all the Alan pieces and was prompted to buy more, which I did, so that's circa £2. And presumably more will follow in time.

But you aren't told and you can't tell before purchase or after how many other Alans's you have bought? Also the app seems to repeat some Alan's frequently and some play infrequently? Without scrutiny I can't tell if it mixes first and second download purchases or is stuck playing only the more recent download or not. I don't really know what order random or other Alan's appear in.

I haven't downloaded Alan's music pack. It seems expensive when old tracks are available elsewhere more cheaply on compilation albums. I have heard Alan "introduce" only one track, ie Alison Moyet from music in my collection. But I don't hold much music.

How about including some short video clips instead of stills?

Radio Alan: The Alan Partridge Player
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £0.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Size: 41.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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  1. additional Alan pack£0.99