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"unget" podcasts?
Authored by: hypert on Oct 13, '05 01:17:00PM

First, what would be the point of crowding up your podcast playlist with files that aren't on your system? Are you trying to get a playlist such that clicking on a podcast will cause the iTunes to go fetch the podcast on demand, instead of storing it in your Mac?

Second, I can't think of a way to do this. You got closest to the mark when you said you could just delete the MP3 file, but this will leave you with a dead podcast link.

If you delete a podcast file (w/ the Delete key, I think), iTunes will ask if you also want to remove the file from your drive. I always do this, to keep my drive and my playlist clean.

I only ran into one problem with this approach - Roger McGuinn's Folkden podcast. They're not identifying each podcast "episode" properly, so my iTunes was downloading every song every time it tried to update the podcast subscription.

So, what is it that you will get by having items in your podcast playlist that aren't on your computer?

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"unget" podcasts?
Authored by: sjk on Oct 25, '05 06:27:48PM

The point of preserving Podcast playlist entries after deleting the content is to keep a history of what I've listened to (or watched). And maybe I delete the content before listening/watching, then decide to download it again later. So, I was wondering if anyone knew a way to do that without creating dead links (orphaned entries, in my original post), which apparently there isn't.

A kludgy workaround is to remove an entire podcast feed after content has been deleted, then resubscribe so that all entries (with and without content) are recreated. But there's no guarantee all the entries will still exist on the server. So, when I want podcast history for deleted content I'd rather just live with the dead links, even if it's messy.

Does that make more sense now?

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