Why does iTunes not automatically download new podcasts?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mrochester, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. mrochester macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hi all

    I'm subscribed to about 10 differet podcasts, and I just realised that there hasn't been a new episode of any of them in a while. I right clicked them all in turn, and chose Update Podcast, and lo and behold, a whole slew of episodes started downloading. For some of them there are even more than 1 episode that hasn't downloaded.

    Can anyone tell me why iTunes doesn't automatically download new episodes of these subscribed podcasts? iTunes is set to check everyday for new episodes, but simply seems to have not bothered! This has happened a few times before too.

    Thanks for any advice


    EDIT - From iTunes saying that there are no new episodes of any of my subscribed to podcasts, I've ended up with 20 downloads after manually checking :O
  2. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    I also have this issue and it is bloody annoying, why do TV Shows download automatically but not Podcasts????? really stupid Apple:rolleyes:
  3. applesupergeek macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
  4. Mew2468 macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2009
    Home of the 2010 Winter Games
    Have you checked the "Settings" button at the bottom of the screen when you are on the podcast section? What is "Check for new episodes:" set to?
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    AFAIK if you don't listen or watch a podcast for a while iTunes will stop automatically downloading it.
  6. mrochester thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Check for new episodes it set to every day.
  7. oneduhy macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    iTunes 10.2.2 not downloading podcasts from store to library

    I have itunes 10.2.2 and am trying to get some podcasts to load into my itunes library and then synch to my iphone.

    I can select and play the podcast within the itunes store and i can select subscribe

    It will display a 'grayed out' image of the subscribed podcasts in the library and 'grayed out' episodes - with an exclamation mark - the error message saying required folder cannot be found

    It will also not even attempt to download any episodes

    any ideas on what I have done wrong or missed doing correctly - the itunes media library is on an external disk
  8. moonbeamsshop macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2011
    Illogical behaviour

    Has anyone found a way to override this illogical behaviour? Surely the whole point of a podcast downloader is to download podcasts, not sulk if it things it is being ignored?:mad:
  9. PaulKemp macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009

    Yes somebody has! Read here, http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=updateexpiredpodcasts

    Basicly, it'a a applescript that fixes this spescific issue. Great work Doug!

    Install the script in the /Library/iTunes/Scripts folder and create the launchd agent as he describes.
  10. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    It just try to preserve your precious hard disk space.
  11. Howard Brazee macrumors 6502

    Howard Brazee

    Oct 24, 2006
    Lafayette CO
    It's inconsistent. Sometimes the podcasts download automatically. More often, I have to tell manually iTunes to download them. It didn't happen with earlier versions of iTunes.

    Since the beginning, I have found each "upgrade" of iTunes to be less easy to use and often more buggy.
  12. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Some months back, iTunes frequently went into an eternal redownload mode for podcasts. Some viewed this as a bug, so Apple fixed it. The fix was not perfect, likely because the company didn't map out all the logical possibilities before inflicting their podcast software on the public, and are now playing catchup.
  13. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    It's trying to save you storage space. Lots of podcasts, especially video, add up quick on 128 and 256 SSDs.

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