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can't delete podcasts in iTunes 11.1

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  • CapnMike Calculating status...
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    Sep 29, 2013 1:50 AM (in response to m_i_o)

    I contacted Apple Support thru chat and the agent was aware of the problem and asked me to contact Engineering - which I shall ~

  • kahako1 Calculating status...
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    Sep 29, 2013 9:41 AM (in response to m_i_o)

    I am experianceing the bug as well.  However for me it seems to only affect 2 episodes (it was 3 but as I was testing for this post 1 stop returning)  of one podcast.  These were podacast that I had not listend to before I upgraded to iTuens 11.1 (126).  My other 7 podcasts subscriptions seem to be working correctly.



    This is frustrating as I automated my podcast matinenace with smart lists the podcast rules. I only want my lists for each podcast to download the most recent version and delted played versions.  I can always download version I want to keep. Now I have to manually mark the espsods as played before syncing so they don't compy over. I want my automate maangement to work again.

  • kahako1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 29, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to kahako1)

    I found a work around for my particular issue. This does not resolve the bug. And may not work for everyone. I unsubscribed from the podcast that was re-downloading. Then I delted it and moved everything to trash. I then resubscribed and downloaded the latest episodes I wanted. It is no longer adding back episodes.

  • InNoHurry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 29, 2013 9:53 PM (in response to kahako1)

    The more replies, more this is yet another Apple fanny job, to use the expression.


    iOS7 comes with several good new features, including separating music and podcasts. One item that wasn't working was that if you stopped a music playlist to listen to a podcast, iTunes would recycle the music playlist and repeat music. Annoying if you prefer going deep into your repertoire, instead of a Top-40 repetitive format. Thanks for that. However, messing with something that was working is poor customer service.


    There are several shows that hold hundreds of old episodes, and it's nice to listen to them to catch up with older material. Cartalk, for example. Now you must keep a cheat sheet of episodes you've already listened and which you haven't, because if you (try to) delete the previously-listened episodes, they look just like the ones you haven't listened. Why, Apple? Why?


    Why not fix the alphabetically-sorted shuffle instead? That is still annoying. Why not return iTunes DJ? How about the old Genius recommendations? I used to buy loads of music via Apple. Same here, one day I'll be another company's customer. This 4S may be the last Apple product. Wifey's already eyeing the Galaxy.

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 8:29 AM (in response to InNoHurry)

    i think cartalk is a bad example they only ever keep 2 episodes available so you shouldnt see this problem as severly as most podcasts.

  • InNoHurry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 8:57 AM (in response to ubernaut)

    Certainly Cartalk may not be the case. The Roadhouse keeps nearly all episodes since inception. I've been listening in chronological order. Now I must keep a cheat sheet to remember which episodes I already listened. Not fun!

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 9:00 AM (in response to InNoHurry)

    yeah i hate it when a podcast seems to be behaving itself and then i find all the sudden its downloaded the entire series

  • acseligman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 30, 2013 9:30 PM (in response to ubernaut)

    Here's my latest feedback, which will hopefully help them understand our frustration:


    Please add my voice to all of those who are totally aggravated about the inability to make pointers to old podcasts disappear, even if the file is deleted. First of all it’s a real pain because it takes forever to scroll through some podcasts which make hundreds of old episodes available. Second, if we don’t listen to episodes consecutively, it’s impossible to keep them straight. Sometimes I listen to today’s, sometimes an interesting archive from before I subscribed, or sometimes an old one if I’ve fallen behind. There’s no way to tell the difference between 1) listened to and deleted and 2) never downloaded. It’s not the same. Unless you think it’s the same to be dead or never have been born. Maybe to you, but not to others!


    Finally, does it say something about Apple’s priorities that  when you’re choosing a topic from the download menu in feedback, podcasts are never even mentioned?

  • QuantumHawk Calculating status...
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    Oct 1, 2013 5:12 AM (in response to m_i_o)

    what were you thinking apple?

    Like others I have a number of podcasts I listen to, not necessarily in order, delete the ones I'm done with / up to in order etc etc, easily managed with the list view.

    So I can no longer be trusted to look after this myself?

    All My Podcasts seems to do is add another layer to slow things down, thanks.

  • Generosa Rader Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 1, 2013 5:20 AM (in response to acseligman)

    1.  Thank you for succinctly summarizing  our major dilemma.  I too wondered why "Podcast" is not listed among the list of choices in the Feedback column of iTunes - if one considers the entire world of Apple users who employ "Feedback" for all sorts of issues and uses iTunes, why does Apple not list a major part of iTunes such as "Podcasts" regarding problems and trouble-shooting? 


    2.  I am so dismayed and disappointed at the apparent indifference from Apple about our problems regarding the ridiculous latest iTunes 11.1 update full of incrompehensible, useless changes for the worst and bugs galore. 


    3.  Not one statement is evident from Apple on this Apple Support Community, nor by e-mail to each one of us who has contacted Apple recently in person by phone or by Feedback in the iTunes application. 


    4.  After over 20 years of buying Apple products, I deserve better customer service from Apple.  I feel totally abandoned and ignored, as if a loyal customer does not count. 

  • CharleneC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 1, 2013 10:14 AM (in response to m_i_o)

    Found yet another glitch. I went to "My Podcasts", highlighted the podcast in the left panel, right-clicked, selected "Delete". It disappeared from the My Podcasts section, but the last episode is still showing up in my smart playlist and I can't figure out how to get rid of it.




    [This thread is in the Mac section, but seems to have both Mac and Windows folks; I'm using Windows.]

  • startswithj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 2, 2013 7:13 PM (in response to m_i_o)

    I'm having this same problem. I only use List view (strongly dislike the newer views). I don't use iCloud. I only sync via USB.


    Filed a report at and hope you all will too. Best.

  • RonL Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 2:26 AM (in response to startswithj)

    Also provided to Apple employees is iTunes 11.1.1. This upcoming update is a bug-fix release for the recently launched iTunes 11.1. iTunes 11.1 brought iTunes Radio to the Mac, and 11.1.1 will improve stability and fix bugs relating to Podcast management and iTunes Extras.


    New OS X 10.8.5, iTunes, & Safari coming... ( article )


    Let's hope.

  • Thorzdad Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 5:02 AM (in response to m_i_o)

    Add me to the chorus. My podcasts in list view have become an unmanageable mess after updating to 11.1.


    • Podcasts where I keep only the newest episode now display years-worth of back episodes for download. Can't delete the unwanted listings.


    • Podcasts where I have kept back episodes show those older episodes as downloadable, as if I've never downloaded and listened to them.


    • When a podcast ends, iTunes automatically jumps to another random podcast and starts playing. I cannot find any way to turn this off. This is probably the most annoying bug.


    These are really insane bugs to have from a mere .1 incremental update. Especially considering none of this was in the 11.0 release. It's almost seemingly purposeful.

  • Belvadere Calculating status...
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    Oct 3, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to m_i_o)

    Experiencing the same things reported here.


    Additionally, today in my pull down menu (LIBRARY) I now have two (2) podcast icons. It appears to be an identical duplicate.


    Tried deleting, no luck.

    Tried unsubscribing, resubscribing, then deleting. No luck

    Even experienced seeing podcast episodes of different podcasts in the "old episodes" section of quite a few. Lots of quirkly things going on.


    Hoping Apple fixes this soon.

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