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What is a Podcast?

A podcast is an edited piece of radio content. It might be a whole programme, an excerpt from a programme or the edited highlights of a programme. Currently not every radio programme is available as a podcast. You can listen to or download for free on the BBC iPlayer Radio app or on your computer. You can also listen to podcasts on the BBC Sounds app.

From our website, you can download podcasts as MP3 files. You can also transfer the MP3 files to a portable device, such as an MP3 player, to listen to on the move. On the BBC iPlayer Radio app, podcasts are downloaded directly onto the app, so you can enjoy them at your leisure. It’s not yet possible to download on the BBC Sounds app but this feature will be coming soon.

You can also subscribe to receive a podcast, rather like you might subscribe to a magazine and get it delivered each week. This way you will automatically receive the latest episode of your chosen podcast as soon as it's available.

Find out more about podcasts in the following FAQs:

 

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