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About podcasts

What is a podcast?

A podcast is a digital audio file (usually in mp3 format) made available for download on the Internet via a "feed". It often takes the form of a radio show, and many traditional broadcasters have begun to use it as an alternative delivery source for their audio content. The word "podcast" is a combination of the words "broadcast" and "iPod" ® (one of the most popular portable mp3 players).

Though podcast publishers, known as podcasters, offer links for direct download or streaming of their audio content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital media by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically, using a feed reader application, also known as podcast aggregator and podcatcher.

How can I listen to the WHO podcast?

The WHO podcast episodes are created as standard mp3 audio files, so they can be listened to on computers, mp3 players and some mobile phones.

To play any of the episodes, click on the "play or download" link attached to it. The audio file will be played through the media player available on your computer.

To download an episode, right click on the link and save the file on your computer. You can then play it through the media player available on your computer, or transfer it to an mp3 player or a mobile phone.

How can I subscribe to the WHO podcast?

Option 1

Copy our podcast XML feed link below and add it to your feed reader application, which will periodically search our web site to find the latest episode and automatically deliver it to your computer:

You will need a podcast aggregator installed in your computer. There are several free aggregators available on the web for download:

Follow the set-up instructions and help guides of the aggregator you have downloaded. When a new podcast episode is available, your software will automatically download it. You can then listen to the new episode on your computer or transfer it to your portable player for listening later.

If you already have iTunes installed in your computer, you can subscribe easily by clicking on the following link:

Option 2

You can also subscribe to the WHO podcast feed on the Feedburner site, which allows subscribing through a number of popular web-based podcast aggregators. The aggregators download the new episodes when they are published. But you have to visit your feed subscription page on the aggregator web site to listen to the podcast episodes.

Can I unsubscribe later?

If you no longer want to receive our podcast episodes, you can unsubscribe by clicking on "Clear" or "Unsubscribe" option in the feed reader software in your computer or on your feed subscription page on the aggregator web site.

Do I have to pay for the subscription?

No. Subscription to the WHO podcast is free of cost. But its use is subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the WHO copyright notice. If you wish to use our podcast on your web site or in conjunction with any commercial purposes, contact us at permissions@who.int. Please provide your name, organization, contact details, web site address and the purpose for which you intend to use the WHO podcast, and we will consider your request.

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