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What is a podcast?

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Podcasts are audio programs, similar to radio programs, available for download over the Internet. You can subscribe to a podcast and have new episodes automatically downloaded to your computer. Podcasts can also then be uploaded to an MP3 player.

Do I need to own an iPod to listen to a podcast?

No, you can listen to a podcast on your computer with a variety of free software. Many other portable devices, including smartphones, also support podcasts.

How do I subscribe to an Oxford Journals Podcast?

In order to subscribe to a podcast you must first download a Podcast Client (also known as a 'podcast manager' or 'podcatcher') or an RSS reader that supports podcasts. iTunes is one of the most popular but there are many other free providers around such as Juice.

There are many ways to listen as well. Once an episode is downloaded this can be played on your computer using software such as iTunes or Windows Media Player. An alternative is to load the episodes onto a portable MP3 player.

Oxford Journals Podcasts can be subscribed to using the links and RSS feed URLs on each podcast's page.

How can I listen to an individual episode, rather than subscribing?

Individual episodes can also be listened to direct from the website using the episode links:

How much does a podcast cost?

All Oxford Journals podcasts are free.

Do I need to give any personal information to subscribe to a podcast?

Because podcasts are delivered via an RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed, you do not need to give any personal information to subscribe to a podcast.

Can I use a podcast for broadcast or educational purposes?

Please contact Oxford Journals permissions department at Journals Permissions.

Do you have transcripts of each show?

No, not at this time. If you would like to see transcripts offered in the future, please email us at Oxford Podcasts.

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