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Podcasts, Why ... ?

Toro KMA

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Dec 25, 2009
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I have Direct TV. I record something. When I'm done watching it, I delete it, and I never see it again.

It used to be like that for Apple's podcasts. I'd download a podcast, listen to it, and then delete it.

But no more.

For some reason, Apple has decided that all the episodes you've deleted ... and hundreds more ... are still available on your device!

Why does Apple think this is a good idea? I find it ENORMOUSLY frustrating!!! When I delete an episode, I NEVER want to see it again!

My Podcasts ap is telling me I have 958 podcast episodes of The Economist podcasts going back several years. I do NOT want to see all those! I spent far too much time deleting them. I get that having a place to re-download episodes one accidentally deletes. But this is incredibly annoying. And it NEVER happened a few years ago! When I delete a prospective episode, or an episode I've already listened to, I don't want to see it again. That's what happened a few years ago. But no more.

I love podcasts. But my love of podcasts is significantly declining due to Apple's silly software.
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Oh, and after I've deleted a podcast, Apple tells me I've "played it." I've never ******** played it! And it keeps reappearing after I've deleted it!
 

dxstewart

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Sep 2, 2010
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Not sure what I’m doing differently but I downloaded a podcast and chose “delete from library” (and not “remove download”). It removed off my phone and out my storage.
 
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NoBoMac

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^^^^This.

But will add, seen some podcasts show back up after being deleted. Will show with the cloud icon. Can take a couple delete attempts to make it stick. Where I tend to see this are shows that have been problematic in the past (eg. show showed up twice in iTunes, episodes showing twice in a show).
 
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Toro KMA

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I "Delete from Library" too.

But today, over 1000 podcasts from The Economist going back to 2016 showed up on my feed that I already deleted.

And I was seeing five of the same episode on another podcast.

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This is ridiculous.
 
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Toro KMA

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Apple is really f****** this up.

Their podcasts used to be awesome. Now it's nonsensical. I am literally seeing hundreds of podcasts that I have deleted, with many repeats. And with podcasts they claim I've read which I never have. It is completely f***** up.

I don't know how such a great company could get it so spectacularly wrong. I'm thinking about shutting down Apple Podcasts completely.
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In the old Apple iTunes, in Podcasts, there used to be a "Saved" column and a "Feed" column. That has gone away.

WTF Why? This is what I'm seeing now. Why am I seeing multiple podcasts? WTF is wrong with Apple's software? And when I've deleted it, why does it keep coming back? What is the matter with Apple?

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Toro KMA

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Apple's Podcasts really, really sucks. It is absolutely terrible. It's amazing how a tech company that prides itself on quality can f*** it up so bad.
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After deleting these podcast multiple f****** times, they come back. WTF is wrong with Apple? Why am I seeing podcasts from two years ago?

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Why am I seeing multiple podcasts?

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Why am I seeing 247 podcasts when I've deleted 246 of them multiple times?

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posguy99

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But will add, seen some podcasts show back up after being deleted. Will show with the cloud icon. Can take a couple delete attempts to make it stick. Where I tend to see this are shows that have been problematic in the past (eg. show showed up twice in iTunes, episodes showing twice in a show).
You do realize that the only thing any podcast app has to go on is the feed from the podcast itself. Apple or anyone else doesn't magically decide that a file is new. What the feed says, is what happens.

So you deleting something, removes it from local storage. If the feed says it's still available for download, then it will show up as being available for download.

If the feed says it's new, then it's new.

So. What does a different podcast catcher say about the same feed?
 
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Toro KMA

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It is amazing how bad Apple Podcasts have become.

Here is a list of all the things that are wrong with Apple Podcasts.

Desktop

  • Multiple shows for one podcast
  • Deletes and the show comes back
  • Deletes and says show has “Played”
  • Episodes show as Played when they’ve only partially played
  • Will show as not Played when they’ve been partially played
  • Shows episodes that have been played as not played
  • Not syncing with iPhone – Economist podcasts on iTunes are not showing up on iPhone
  • Old shows that have been deleted multiple times re-appear and start downloading unprompted
  • Says there are many shows on the front but lists none in the shows


iPhone

  • Not synching all shows
  • Incomprehensible titles
  • Two “Economist” shows
  • “Ghost” episodes showing
  • Showing episodes that were deleted and are years old
  • Partially played podcast named changed to something indecipherable and showed as not played
 
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DeepIn2U

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^^^^This.

But will add, seen some podcasts show back up after being deleted. Will show with the cloud icon. Can take a couple delete attempts to make it stick. Where I tend to see this are shows that have been problematic in the past (eg. show showed up twice in iTunes, episodes showing twice in a show).

Has those having an issue checked to see that any subscriptions are not enabled and also to ensure 'auto download' within iTunes/Music settings for Podcasts is not checked/enabled? Just curious.
 
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Aika

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Apr 7, 2006
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I got tired of fighting with the Podcasts app (both on Mac and iPhone) and just use Pocket Casts exclusively now.
 
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