Recently I wrote How to automatically delete podcast episodes in iTunes, but have been finding that only some of my podcast episodes disappear automatically after being played.
I’ve also been too busy meeting simultaneous deadlines to spend time tracking down what was going on. So I was thrilled to stumble across this explanation on the TidBITS Talk mailing list:
If you download a podcast manually (clicking Get) it will be marked as Do Not Auto Delete and iTunes will exclude it from the count of podcasts to keep. i.e. automatic deletion only occurs, and counts, those podcasts marked Auto Delete. You can right-click a podcast to change this flag, and next time iTunes does a cleanup it will include it.
That explains a lot. I have only a couple of podcasts where I automatically download every episode. For most of them I pick and choose individual episodes.
Still, it’s very irritating. I’ve set the podcast as a whole to auto-delete episodes. iTunes should honour that setting.
My thanks to barefootguru for the post on the mailing list.