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Recently, I've started listening to more podcasts on my iPhone. I've found a few that I like and want to listen to past episodes. Ideally, I want to just download. I can't seem to figure out a way to queue up all unplayed episodes for download in iTunes.

I found in the settings for the podcast I can have it automatically download all new episodes, but this doesn't apply for older episodes.

Ideally, I don't want to have to click the download button for each episode (there are a couple hundred episodes).

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For what its worth, I just want to state publicly somewhere that I hate the new iTunes 11 interface. It looks nice, but they broke the number #1 of good UX and that's to keep an interface which is familiar and consistent for the user. –  Anthony Dec 2 '12 at 0:31
    
start thinking different, do everything different :) You must enjoy breaking traditions and learning useless things! –  Val Jun 27 '13 at 17:03

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  1. Select the List tab:

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  2. Click on the disclosure arrow to expand the subscription (if it's not already expanded):

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  3. Click on the download button at the top of the list:

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  4. Click OK to start downloading all episodes:

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This has worked for me in lists less than 100. If anyone finds a limit to the volume of data, the count of episodes, or another limit to this, please comment or edit. –  bmike Dec 2 '12 at 18:36
    
I tried this on a 400+ episode subscription (Stuff You Should Know) and it downloads all of the items. –  Bryan Luby Dec 2 '12 at 19:01
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I see no such "download all" button in my iTunes 11.3 on MacOS 10.9.4. i.imgur.com/SBTfSkh.png I had to click on the "download from cloud" icon for each file/podcast individually (which takes a while for subscriptions that have many historical podcasts; eg, I can do click on 63 different episodes individually to get all the historical vimcasts downloaded, as per the aforementioned screenshot.). –  Johnny Utahh Aug 22 at 19:19

Right click the podcast in your list of subscribed podcasts and there should be a "download all" option. Just found this myself after agonizingly clicking each download link for a few shows. Addition: The list to click is the one on the left side of the screen, not with all episodes open. Didn't work on screen with all eps open, does work when only left side list is seen. No idea why, but thanks for this, worked for me.

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I had to use 'Save Episode' for it to work in iTunes 11.4 At the top of the Podcast list under 'list'. –  Jordan Oct 1 at 18:08

My sympathies. I have been struggling with this and tripped over the answer by accident.

Open iTunes and display your podcasts. Near the top of the page you have the options to view All Unplayed, My Podcasts, My Stations, or List. Select My Podcasts.

Choose the podcast you want to download. In the pane to the right, you have the options Unplayed, Feed, or Saved. Select Feed. This will show all available podcasts for download. Click on each cloud icon and go have lunch while you wait for the downloads to complete.

Cheers.

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  1. Open the podcast settings (the gear icon in the standard podcasts view, or the Settings… button at the bottom in list view). podcast settings

  2. In the second drop-down, select the podcast you want (or choose Podcast Defaults if you want to do this for every podcast).

  3. Change the When new episodes are available setting to Download all and click OK.
  4. Click the Refresh button for each podcast you want to download.
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I tried to say in my question that I tried this. Doing this does not seem to download all old episodes, only episodes which are added from the moment I subscribe forward. –  Anthony Dec 2 '12 at 1:55
  1. Don't go to "list"
  2. Go to "My Podcast"
  3. Select the podcast series you want on the left side
  4. Click on any episode on the right
  5. Command+a to select all podcasts
  6. Right click and find the "Download podcast" option

Don't do the "Save podcast" thing because it screwed up my podcasts in that there are now three different ways to view podcasts, some of them are still in my computer and iPad even after I deleted episodes.

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