For anyone coming across this now, in the latest version of iTunes (~v12.5.1) it's much easier to prevent downloads for all podcasts you're subscribed to.
Go to "Podcasts" in the menubar dropdown.
In the second column of your subscribed podcasts, at the bottom there's two buttons, "Refresh" and "Defaults...", click "Defaults..."
In the popup, set "...
Select the List tab:
Click on the disclosure arrow to expand the subscription (if it's not already expanded):
Click on the download button at the top of the list:
Click OK to start downloading all episodes:
What you observe is the default setting for podcasts in iTunes, which is to download the most recent episode of a podcast.
To avoid this, follow these steps:
Go to Podcasts in the iTunes Library pop-up menu.
Select a podcast.
Right click and choose "Settings" (or alternatively, click on the gear icon next to the podcast title on the episode list on ...
Apple's entire podcast ecosystem is known to be buggy and has been for a long time. (See, for example, this bug of utter disconnect between iTunes and iOS prior to the arrival of the Podcasts app. It seems the point of moving podcasts to a dedicated iOS app was simply to banish the irredeemably buggy podcast code from the otherwise well functioning Music app ...
From the Podcasts view (left tab), press the Edit button at the top left (you may need to scroll up to see it). Each podcast will have an (x) button in its top left corner. Hit that button (it's small and can be tricky, but it works) to remove the podcast. Use the Done button at the top left when you're finished editing.
You may need to recheck the Podcasts checkbox in the menu iTunes | Preferences... | General tab. OSX Daily suggests that it may be unchecked by default. Once checked, podcasts should appear under Library rather than as a playlist.
Right-click on any podcast and select Settings. Or if you are in list view, select the settings button in the lower-left corner:
In the Settings for: drop-down list, select Podcast Defaults, then select Download all and All episodes:
Make sure that all of your desired podcasts are using the new default settings by selecting each one from the drop-down list ...
This issue has little to do with an iPod Nano but has to do with MP3 settings for the MP3 file itself in iTunes. To change a plain MP3 to a podcast, open up iTunes, select the MP3 then select Get Info on the MP3, select Options & then look at the Media Kind list. One of the Media Kind options is Podcast so just select that and then copy the newly ...
In the sidebar at the top you have the Podcasts option (just above the Stations one you have just selected) which seems to do what you want - you will see a list of all of your podcasts in the middle column. Then you can switch between unplayed/feed tabs in the right column to see all episodes or just the unplayed ones.
Depending on the defaults the view ...
iOS 5 does not do automatic Podcast download or subscription. OTA downloads are available only for Music, Apps and Books under the Settings -> Store screen.
For podcast management, you're still required to sync with iTunes. This might change in future versions, but it is not in the current version, nor can I find any references that it will be.
Marking all podcasts as played
This feature was originally removed sometime during iOS 7 (I think iOS 7.1, but am not certain on this).
Just in case you're not aware, the closest option to doing this within the builtin Podcasts app is to do as follows:
Launch the Podcasts app
Tap on My Podcasts
Tap on the Podcast series you want to mark as played
Tap on ...
First connect your device to your computer and open iTunes. Go to the iTunes Library. If you don't see the Library option in iTunes, you can get there by clicking on the 'Done' button in the lower right corner (if it's there).
In Library, click on the File menu, then select Add File to Library... Browse to the .mp3 file you want to import as a podcast, ...
I can't add a simple comment as I don't have the rep, but I'd like to add something to this discussion:
In 11.1 you can delete downloaded podcasts just like always. The difference is that, while the file will disappear from your HD, the listing for that file will still be presented to you in itunes. The listings are not deletable (currently). This is ...
I'm not much of an AppleScripter, so this is modified from some scripts at Doug's AppleScripts website, but it's GPLed, so derivative works are allowed as long as they're also GPLed.
My idea was to make a script that could take the release date, which can't be used in smart playlists, and store it in the last skipped date, which can be used in smart ...
If you have three podcasts as follows:
A - downloaded, synced and played
B - downloaded, synced and not played
C - newly downloaded, never synced, and not played
When choosing "all unplayed", podcasts B & C will by synced. A will be removed from the iDevice
When choosing "all new", only C will be synced. A & B will be removed from the iDevice
Here’s a Safari extension to view the raw XML data: https://github.com/sergeche/xmlview#readme
There’s an online demo, too: http://media.chikuyonok.ru/xmlview/ This works in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
Edit: Sadly, this extension doesn’t work in Safari 5.1. There’s an issue for that here: https://github.com/sergeche/xmlview/issues/16
Alternatively, you ...
For a good summary about how other people do it see How we do our home work which documents how the Home Work podcast gets recorded and post-processed:
QuickTime for audio recording
GarageBand for audio editing
Sound Studio to adjust the sample rate, mix down to mono and add metadata
Depending on your setup and your quality requirements you can ...
Go to Settings, then scroll down and tap on Podcasts app icon:
So I'm assuming you turned "Auto-Downloads" on...
Then tap "Episodes to Keep" and specify which episodes you want to keep. (Depending on your listening habits, I'd not keep this setting on "All" because it can quickly eat up your available memory. Mine is set on "Last 3 Episodes" which gives me ...
You can use the following AppleScript:
tell application "iTunes"
set aList to every track of playlist "Podcasts" whose album is "podcast_name"
repeat with aTrack in aList
set aDate to release date of aTrack
set aWeekday to weekday of aDate as string
if aWeekday is equal to "Saturday" then
Apple's podcast specs explicitly discuss how to embed HTML links within the Summary field:
Use plain text UTF-8 encoding for your podcast feed (no markup or HTML, except as described below).
Tag values are limited to 255 characters, except for , which can be up to 4000 characters. Don’t add leading or trailing spaces to your ...
They're in the iTunes .plist-file on a Mac.
Since you don't specify platform, I can't offer that much. In Windows, they're almost certainly stored in a similar preference file. In Mac OS X, they're not conveniently readable.
If you just want to back up your subscription info, locating and backing up the iTunes preferences will do it. If you need to scrape/...
Doesn't quite answer your question, but there are a number of fantastic iOS podcasting apps that do download automatically over the air and let you stream podcasts as they download as well.
My favorite is Instacast. I've switched completely to using Instacast to manage podcasts. No more syncing to iTunes, no more managing podcasts, just subscribe and play. ...
If your podcasts are automatically being downloaded by iTunes on your computer, you leave your iTunes running, and you have Wi-Fi Sync enabled, podcasts will be automatically synced to your iOS 5 device when it is charging.
This works great for me -- a computer with iTunes constantly running, and my iOS 5 iPhone 4 plugged in to the charger on my bedside ...
@Daniel's answer lead me to a working solution, so I'll post it up
Using windows means that the apple script solution wasn't going to work, and so using the iTunes.Application com object my solution looks something like this (in Ruby, cause I like Ruby, though other scripting languages will work too).
itunes = WIN32OLE....