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How do I hide old podcasts in iTunes 11.1 and What's Up with the New Podcast Pane?

16676 Views 137 Replies Latest reply: Feb 25, 2014 5:07 AM by RSoxNo1 RSS Branched to a new discussion.
  • chuckbo Calculating status...

    No, that hasn't been helpful to me.

    That view doesn't show the new  podcasts that I can choose whether or not to download. It doesn't show me the last time one has been played.

  • nzape Calculating status...

    Well I have read everyones views here and I agree with everything said. I have just wasted a good hour of my life getting very annoyed with itunes, I'm fed up with being messed about by a bunch of second grade programmers, that's really what you are!!!!


    What's even funnier My stations does not transfer to my nano so what's the point of all this confusion and distress?


    Who ever is in charge of software development for itunes needs to pull up their socks. Apple are really loosing the plot, it's about time we recognise that apple doesn't care about us the consumer. I'm moving on to find another solution that doesn't use apple software any ideas I'm on a PC.

  • Evan Forman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I'd be happy to use the "My Podcasts" view (well, "happy" isn't quite the right word, but I'd do it), but for the fact that there are several copies of some of my podcasts in the list at the left.  Three "This American Life"s, three "99% Invisible"s, etc.  Not the old iCloud versions of the episodes are preferable.

  • fox27 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Well, I just tried to restore my lost podcasts from my Time Capsule backup - not good, my restored podcasts from the same show were distributed into two folders (with the same name), with no obvious way to merge the folders, and despite the podcast meta-data (via 'Info') being identical.


    So I decided to re-download all the lost video/audio podcasts from scratch, to see if that would fix things.  It's taken the best part of my weekend, and about 30GB worth later. It appeared to go smoothly, BUT for some unknown reason, the podcasts just don't seemd to be saved onto my hardrive in the usual fashion.


    Can ask I a dumb question here, what does the little downward arrow/cloud icon mean - does it mean you are downloading to your local hardrive from the Cloud, or does it mean you are somehow downloading and then saving to your iCloud storage?


    Bottom line is: I think iTunes 11 is a complete bag load of #X!%* !!!  I disagree with you Nzape, they are not second rate programmers, they are something even less than that!  I think I was using iTunes 10 before, and up to now, I've flatly refused to upgrade to iTunes 11 for fear of things breaking. Well now we know, our fears have come true.  Inevitiably the day arrived when I couldn't postpone the "upgrade" any longer, and iTunes 11 was required for iOS7.   Not happy with this at all...!



  • Lost in Asia Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)

    Can ask I a dumb question here, what does the little downward arrow/cloud icon mean - does it mean you are downloading to your local hardrive from the Cloud, or does it mean you are somehow downloading and then saving to your iCloud storage?

    As best I can tell, neither. The cloud icon means the episode is "out there" in internet land - in THE cloud, but not in YOUR cloud - and it's available for download. If there's no cloud icon, then that episode is already on your computer.


    If you think of a public library metaphor: the cloud icon means the book is in the library, and you can go get it if you want: and, just like public libraries frown on members shredding books, the podcast library doesn't want you to delete the file. No cloud icon means the book is already in your home. (Just why Apple has apparently chosen this kind of metaphor is beyond me. It makes even less sense than equating podcasts to a reel-to-reel tape.)


    As for downloading, and where they go: I have absolutely no idea. I keep downloading podcasts that disappear, and others that stick around. I have no idea why. Others download five times. At this point any podcast that I manage to download is instantly relabelled as "Media Kind = Audiobook", just so I can manipulate it without iTunes/Apple causing further trouble.


    Tentative guess: I think Apple/iTunes are trying to move us towards a model where the podcast files are never on our computer at all; we just stream them as and when we want. I've found a couple of times in iTunes 11.1 that I've been playing a podcast that I thought was downloaded, but actually I was streaming it. This model would probably improve syncing with iOS devices, and in a way I can see the logic behind it. That being said, it is NOT a model I want any part of.

  • Mike Retondo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm so ******, that's what's happed to me, and all these download iCloud icons, my god!

  • Mike Retondo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    NO, because it already deleted all my saved podcasts. I save a lot of video training podcasts.

  • Dennis Bodden Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who's annoyed by this setup. I usually shrug off new features that I don't like if I can see the reasoning behind them, but I don't see how being forced to look at every available podcast is a feature anyone would find useful. Between this an the horrid Podcast app, I wish Apple would just give up the podcast ghost and leave them to 3rd party developers already.

  • fox27 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    The Podcasts module in iTunes 11 is plauged with so many problems. I've just started a new Discussion relating to the fact that I can't even do a simple save on some podcasts. I feel that the problems are so significant, that Apple must be working on a solution as we speak. I recall the Apple iOS podcast app which was released with so many bugs - they didn't take that long to get the message and iron things out. Fox

  • William Martin, RM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think the solution is basically simple. Apple needs to add a 'switch' to View or an item in Preferences to do something like hide or not show previously listened to podcasts. On the other hand this should be a boon to maker of third party podcast apps like Downcast, iCatcher and Instacast. Personally I am waiting for an at least 128 GB iPod Touch so that I can use one of the aforementioned podcatcher apps to sync listened to podcasts with my iPad Mini.

  • KelleyRV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    How do I get Time Capsule to show me past podcast episodes? 


    I have several podcasts I was saving, and since they had been listened to, they are now gone.  They are older, so they aren't available to re-download. UGH.


    I just want to be able to get the old podcasts that were deleted by the new update - which is HORRID.


    Anyway - When I open Time Capsule and go back to a day before the update, it only gives me the option to open it up in iTunes, but when I click that, nothing happens.

  • actualsize Calculating status...

    I agree wholeheartedly. This new podcast management scheme in iTunes is bogus. I'm fine with iOS7 on the device, more or less, but podcast handling on iTunes has become unmanageable.


    I prefer List view 100-to-1 over the other choices, but it's now utterly polluted with listings that go back to the origin of nearly every podcast I subscribe to. There are hundreds of lines dedicated to Planet Money going back to 2008, to name one example. And they all appeared checked, which per my "sync checked podcasts" setting would have triggered a mass download to my device if I hadn't unchecked them quickly.


    usually, I delete the line with the episode I just finished. But today such deleted episodes magically reappear right back where they were with the poofy iCloud icon. NO! I want it gone from the list entirely. Or, if I really like it, saved in perpetuity.


    Right-clicking any episode line reveals a command line called "show old podcasts" but there's no check to uncheck to change the status to something like "hide old podcasts" which might help a little. It sounds like someone in Cupertino was thinking about it but failed to follow through and finish the implementation. But even that might have it's problems. Mainly, I just want to save what I want to save and delete what I want to delete. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so.

  • shineybraidsX Calculating status...

    Same thing with itunes u.  This is a really bad update. 

  • LarryG18 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    FINALLY - it appears to be fixed, at least on the podcasts that were updated today - all the old (deleted) podcasts are gone - for example in "Fresh Air" and "Story of the Day" both had new content today. After the podcasts were done refreshing with the new content, the old deleted file were gone!

  • Kiminy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    sbarbe13: In case you didn't know, you can remove the Podcast app from your iPhone/iPod/iPad, and the Music app will take over again just like in the old days. The Podcast app is frustrating to me because it wouldn't allow me to create playlists of multiple podcasts in a single list, even if I created them in iTunes on my computer.

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