Tuesday, June 29, 2010

iTunes auto delete won't work -- fixed

I upgraded to a new computer with Windows 7 and moved my iTunes library to it. Right away I noticed that podcast auto delete was not working, even when I right-clicked on specific podcasts and made sure that "Allow Auto Delete" was on.

The fix was to open the podcast settings dialog and change the "episodes to keep" option. The problem is that in the latest iTunes, it's not obvious where to find that dialog box. It's not in the main preferences dialog. Instead find it by going to the podcasts view. Then look at the bottom of the window. You'll find "Unsubscribe" and "Settings..." buttons. Click "Settings...", then change the "Settings for:" field to "Podcast Defaults". Set "Episodes to keep:" to "All unplayed episodes".

5 comments:

greg.heath said...

Thanks, it worked for me and I am on a Mac. I had exactly the same problem.

Anonymous said...

I had the same issue, now fixed thanks to you!

John said...

Very good. Fixed it. Thanks.

Tim L. Walker said...

Thanks for this. Been bugging me since I switched to my new machine!

Doctor Tarr said...

Two years after your post I upgraded from Vista to Windows 8 and was having the same problem, and the fix was the same. Thanks!