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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
    
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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

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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  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

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