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TV episdodes for purchased seasons have stopped downloading. Check for Available Downloads is broken.

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  • AbsolutGrndZer0 Calculating status...

    They could build it into the new OSX, but that wouldnt help me.  I know this thread is under "iTunes for Mac" but I'm actually a PC user, reason I'm posting in this thread is because this issue affects BOTH Mac and PC users...


    Plus, there are a lot of other threads about this, a lot of people make their own, or they dont bother asking others for help since WE can fix the automatic downloads, only Apple can.


    I seriously doubt that even if the majority didn't like it, they wouldn't come here to discuss it, they'd just be emailing Apple, you know?  So we really have no way to know if we are the only ones who hate it, but I really doubt we are. We're just the few that care about it enough to discuss it here.

  • SMB-IL Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    That is the change. As long as the show's new episode is listed in your iTunes library (something I've found to be hit or miss), if you double-click the episode, it should start to play without downloading. I discovered this by accident as there has been no announcement about it, but you can stream stuff from iCloud on a computer now. I think it's only iTunes 11 and above though.

  • SMB-IL Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Me too. I would much rather download than stream -- the reliability is far better. Your Applescript above to get the purchase when the download email comes in is great!! The only thing I did in the email rule was to move the email message out of the Inbox after the script runs because it looks like if another email from iTunes comes in, it will re-download whatever is in the Inbox again. Hopefully, they won't change the email format again! Thanks!!

  • AbsolutGrndZer0 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Yeah, I can't stream 1080HD content, that's just not going to happen.  My ISP is only DSL 6MBPS.  Now, I COULD get 50MB cable in theory, but I left them because of their habit of always doing maintenance during my usual internet times.  I'm a night person.  "Well, we have to do maintenance every day, and businesses need the internet during the day." That's great guys, but I'm a customer too.  If you can't provide me internet 95% of the time I need it, I'll find someone who can.  So I went to DSL and can count on one hand the # of times in the past 10 years my internet has been down.


    IF they are moving to a more streaming model, they need to rethink that every user is going to have a superfast super reliable internet connect able to stream 1080HD.  ****, my computer just barely meets the iTunes 1080HD requirements (which is ironic, since the computer is intended to play 1080HD content, but iTunes requirements seem to be a bit higher than others' software) so if I was streaming at 6 MBPS, I seriously doubt I'd not get serious lag.

  • SMB-IL Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I've only been able to test with previous emails in the Inbox and haven't had a "real" one come in yet, but I'll post results here also. The mail rule I have is the one you put in your original post with checking for the sender address and the word "available" in the Subject. I added to run the script and then put the email in the trash. I get Saturday Night Live and Monday night shows, so I'll leave it running and see what happens in the next few days.

  • SMB-IL Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I bet they change that "Buy" button. Too many people are going to be crazy clicking a button that says "Buy" for a Season Pass!

  • AbsolutGrndZer0 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    SMB-IL wrote:


    I bet they change that "Buy" button. Too many people are going to be crazy clicking a button that says "Buy" for a Season Pass!


    Not only that, but even it it does say "Download" the first time I did it, I saw it says "Purchasing..." on the title bar... which freaked me out and I emailed them, they said that no, it's just saying that because I haven't entered my password in the last 15min.  Srsly? It needs to change, it STILL freaks me out even though I know it's not actually charging me.

  • J. Tuttle Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for the script.  I didn't feel comfortable putting my iTunes password in my Keychain.  Figure my kids will figure out it's there and use it all the time!  Also, while testing out the "security" command in Terminal, I got prompted to allow Terminal to access my Keychain (Once or Always).  I assume I need to click Always for the script to work, but that means anyone with command-line access to my Mac has open access to my Keychain (or at least this item in the Keychain).


    Anyone else have any observations/issues with using Keychain like this?

  • SMB-IL Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks, David, that's awesome! I should have two downloads overnight tonight, so I'll report back.

  • SMB-IL Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    The script works just like it's supposed to! Tuesday morning I had two shows ready to watch. Excellent script, David. Thanks again!


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