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     Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 12:13 AM EDT


    I know this has been brought up here in the forums from time to time. A situation when iTunes insists on downloading older previously listened podcasts. I know this can be annoying as it has happened to me with certain podcasts, but never with Doctor Who: Podshock.

    As I expressed in the past, we haven't done anything with our feeds for this to occur for some people. Also, it only seems to effect some people...

    I've had it happened with certain podcasts I subscribe to (a couple tech-base podcasts). I believe I found a solution, albeit I don't know how permanent this solution may be. So far, it has worked for me for the past couple of weeks, and I haven't downloaded any older episodes since I have done it. But this is not to say that the problem won't come back.

    In your Podcast list in iTunes (the list of podcasts you are subscribed to pane), find the ones you having this problem with and click on the expanding triangle while holding down the COMMAND KEY (on Windows, I believe it is the ALTERNATE KEY)... This will expand the list of podcasts episodes for that particular feed to show ALL the podcasts listed in the feed including older episodes you may have already heard. Now simply select all them that you don't want download again, and hit DELETE to get rid of them.

    iTunes no longer downloads these older previously heard episodes now...

    This has worked for me so far. I have not tested it on Windows, but I can only assume the results will be similar.

    If the problem does indeed reoccur, try doing this again. As I said, I had two different podcasts which I had this problem with, and this solution has worked for me. I waited a couple weeks to see if indeed it did the trick before posting it here. So far, so good.

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     Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 05:41 AM EDT
    One comment from me:

    As far as I am aware you do not have to hold down any keys while using Itunes in Windows.

    You can also manage your podcasts by deleting any that are no longer required by highlighting the excess episodes and the hitting the delete or backspace key.

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     Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 12:21 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  BadWolf] One comment from me:

    As far as I am aware you do not have to hold down any keys while using Itunes in Windows.

    You can also manage your podcasts by deleting any that are no longer required by highlighting the excess episodes and the hitting the delete or backspace key.


    Normally, you don't have to hold down the COMMAND or ALTERNATE key down while clicking on the triangle, but when you do hold down the key, it will force iTunes to show all files on the feed... old and new... including all the files you may not have downloaded or you may have downloaded listened to and then deleted...

    What I should have been more clear about in my original posting is when you see the list of old episodes, these are files on the feed and may not be on your computer... you can "delete" these as well (even though you don't physically have the file) and it will prevent iTunes from downloading these files you don't want.

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     Friday, October 20 2006 @ 05:44 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Louis]
    Normally, you don't have to hold down the COMMAND or ALTERNATE key down while clicking on the triangle, but when you do hold down the key, it will force iTunes to show all files on the feed... old and new... including all the files you may not have downloaded or you may have downloaded listened to and then deleted...


    Louis,

    It appears that you must "SHIFT-CLICK" on the triangle next to the podcast's name to display the list you are talking about in iTunes running on Windows.

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     Friday, October 20 2006 @ 06:10 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  rocko]
    Louis,

    It appears that you must "SHIFT-CLICK" on the triangle next to the podcast's name to display the list you are talking about in iTunes running on Windows.


    Thanks... I had not had a chance to test it out on the Windows version... Often when there is a program on both platforms, and if the Mac version uses the Command key, then the Windows counterpart is usually (but not always) the Alternate key. I assumed this may had been the case. Thanks for the heads-up.

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