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Check for unplayed podcasts using Front Row Apps
One of the most frustrating things about iTunes is the fact that it checks for new podcasts even when you don't have an internet connection. After checking for podcasts, it leaves an exclamation mark next to each podcast (as it wasn't able to update that podcast), eliminating the blue dot.

If you open Front Row, however, all unplayed episodes will still feature a blue dot, letting the user know which episodes are new.
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Check for unplayed podcasts using Front Row
Authored by: CaptainIndignant on Feb 08, '08 08:15:50AM

Or you can just turn off automatic podcast checking if you're often not connected when you launch iTunes. (I recently did this because iTunes can really bog down downloading too many podcasts when the library is on a shared volume.) In podcast preferences, change Check for new podcasts to Manually.



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Check for unplayed podcasts using Front Row
Authored by: nosugrefneb on Feb 08, '08 08:55:48AM

An alternative: Create a smart playlist.

Podcast->is true
Play count->is->0
Kind->contains->MPEG audio

No blue dot, but this way you don't have to look closely to see what's been played and what hasn't. (The last parameter is so that I could throw the playlist on my nano.)



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Check for unplayed podcasts using Front Row
Authored by: zkarj on Feb 08, '08 01:43:52PM

Or just leave the podcast entries expanded and see the blue dots on the episodes. Surely quicker & simpler than firing up FrontRow?



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