The iTunes interface goes through changes with every new major release. Some changes are really well designed while others throw us totally off the track. One of the areas where iFolks have had challenges is figuring out how to download all episodes for a Podcast in iTunes. The settings can be a little confusing and we will focus on providing you with some of the easy tips to get you started.
Many listeners like to download individual episodes of a podcast into their Macbook or idevice so that they can listen to the episodes even when they don’t have wireless / cellular connection. You can download individual episodes of a podcast easily by clicking on the download button next to the episode.
There are times however when you subscribe to a new podcast and would like to download all the past episodes of the feed into your computer. In this article we will walk you through some of the common settings that are made available to you to manage and enjoy podcasts via iTunes.
Accessing Podcasts in iTunes
Open iTunes on your computer. Once you have opened up iTunes, you can choose the Podcasts option in the menu selection. If you are just getting started with Podcasts via iTunes, you may or may not see ‘Podcasts’ as a menu option.
Click on Edit Menu and make sure that the Podcasts choice is clicked. Click on Done. Podcasts will now be available to you in the drop-down for the iTunes menu.
Choose Podcasts from the drop down menu. On the top, you will find three tabs to choose from: Library, Unplayed and Store. Choose Library to see all the podcasts that you have subscribed to. Click on any given podcast in the middle column and it will list all the episodes that are available to you for downloading and playing.
Download All Podcast Episodes
In order to download all the past episodes of a given podcast, right – click on the podcast in the middle column and select ‘Download All’. In prior versions of iTunes, this option was available on the ‘List’ tab.
In iTunes 12.5.x and higher, the ‘List’ tab is not available readily. You can right click and choose download all. This will start the simultaneous download of all the past episodes of the podcasts into your computer.
This saves you time as you don’t have to click on the ‘download from cloud’ button next to every individual episode that you want to download.
While the episodes are downloading, you can choose to pause the downloads if you change your mind. Simply click on the download button and scroll down to the end and choose ‘Pause Downloads’ to stop the download.
Once the episodes have downloaded, you can choose to sync them with your idevice
Customizing iTunes Podcast Settings
Clicking on the cogs button in the right hand panel will provide you options to customize your podcast.
On the top half of this setting screen, you can choose the sort order for the episodes, choose whether to play newer or older episodes first and verify the subscription status.
The section titled ‘On this computer’ provides you customization features to control how you want your computer to handle the new podcast episodes.
You can choose to limit the number of episodes that will be stored on your computer, set it to automatically download new episodes when they are available, and set the option to automatically delete downloaded episodes once they are played. You can change all these options to your taste in this important setting.
Some users prefer to not have the automatic download option while others prefer to retain the episodes after they have been played. By using the podcast setting button(cogs), you can control the various settings as described above.
Clicking on the three dots button next to the cogs button provides you with additional settings. Here you can provide your feedback rating on the podcast, Delete all the downloads for a podcast, unsubscribe from the podcast or delete the podcast from your library among other choices.
Feel free to check out these settings that are available to you for Podcasts in iTunes.
While working with iTunes on your computer, you may sometimes encounter this weird error. This happens particularly when you are trying to subscribe to a new podcast. When you click on the subscribe button, you see this error and it does not let you subscribe to any new podcasts.
If you are having this issue, the simple way to fix this is to click on Account from the top iTunes menu and choose sign-out. Once you are signed out, sign back in using your credentials and then proceed to subscribe to your new podcasts.
Managing Podcast Settings on iPhone or iPad
Most of the settings discussed in the prior section focused on using iTunes on your computer to get the best out of podcasts. You can also control how podcasts operate on your iPhone and iPad.
Tap on Settings and scroll down and choose Podcasts. This will bring up the various podcast settings that are made available to you on iOS.
Use ‘Sync Podcasts’ to sync with your computer when you connect your idevice to your computer running iTunes.
If you are experiencing battery/cellular usage issues, you can choose to disable ‘Background App refresh’ for podcasts here.
We also like the default option of turning on ‘Only download on Wi-fi’ to make sure that we are not eating up our data plan.
If you are trying to save space on your iPad or iPhone, you should check out the settings under the Podcast Default section. Make sure to turn on ‘Delete Played Episodes’ and for ‘Download Episodes’ setting, you can choose to ‘off’ or ‘Only New’.
We hope you found these tips helpful. Please let us know some of your favorite tips when it comes to using Podcasts on your idevice. What are some of your favorite third-party apps that you use for Podcasts?