I have noticed that I cannot see all the episodes of a podcast in the feed section, even though I see it on the podcasts website. Can someone tell me how I can access the older episodes ? I'd like to watch some episodes not being shown on the app but available on the website.


  • What kind of podcast where you going to watch / listen? – rwzdoorn Jun 10 '16 at 12:56
  • Ones about Science. I'm talking about Frontiers in particular here. It's run by BBC – Saikat Jun 10 '16 at 13:08
  • I am seeing the same content (30 podcasts) on the official bbc website and iTunes ? – rwzdoorn Jun 10 '16 at 13:14
  • @rwzdoorn But, in this link bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qy5p/episodes/player there are 120 episodes. – Saikat Jun 10 '16 at 14:09
  • @rwzdoorn There's also a show called Science Friday which only allows access to it's last 10 episodes through the app. How can I get the older episodes? – Saikat Jun 11 '16 at 5:55

It depends on the author of the podcast. Some authors limit their podcasts on iTunes but do offer them via their website (it gives them extra traffic).

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  • Is there no way to listen to it rough the app ? It's not organised otherwise. – Saikat Jun 10 '16 at 13:08

Unfortunately, the podcast feed for this particular show only includes the most recent 30 podcasts. To determine that, I looked at the feed source and counted the number of <item> tags within the <channel> tag.

Unfortunately, there is no way to play shows older than that with a podcast player unless they'd previously been downloaded and saved to your device.

It's true that podcasters often limit this, but normally the limit would be higher — 100 is common, for example. Your best bet for a solution is to contact the show (or the BBC, if direct show feedback isn't possible) and ask them to set the limit high enough that all podcast episodes are available.

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  • What can I do for other podcasts like the Nature podcast? Also, can you tell me how you checked tags? – Saikat Jun 10 '16 at 17:13
  • "What can I do for other podcasts like the Nature podcast?" I couldn't find an RSS/podcast link on the show's page or on iTunes. It appears that this show (last broadcast in 2014?) isn't available as a podcast. – Charles Jun 11 '16 at 19:02
  • "Also, can you tell me how you checked tags?" From the podcast tab of the Frontiers show, clicked the Subscribe button and selected RSS, then selected View > Developer > View Source in my browser. I cleaned up the source XML using a text editor (Atom) and then counted the number of <item> tags. – Charles Jun 11 '16 at 19:05

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