iTunes for Mac: Download podcasts

Download podcasts

Podcasts are free shows that you can download and play just as you would a radio or TV show. You can download individual podcast episodes, or you can subscribe so that new episodes are automatically downloaded as they become available.

You can also create podcast stations with the podcasts you subscribe to—for example, you could group all podcasts about personal finance into a station. You can have the podcasts in your station play in any order you choose, and the stations are automatically updated when new episodes become available.

If you have a free iCloud account, your podcast subscriptions, stations, and current play position sync to the Podcasts app on your iOS devices.

Download or subscribe to a podcast

  • Download a podcast from the iTunes Store: Choose Podcasts from the pop-up menu at the top left, then click Store.

    iTunes Store selected in the iTunes navigation bar

    If you don’t see Podcasts, choose Edit Menu, select Podcasts, then click Done.

    When you find a podcast you want to download, do one of the following:

    • Download a single episode: Click the Get button next to the episode.

    • Subscribe to the podcast: Click Subscribe.

      iTunes downloads the most recent episode.

  • Subscribe to a podcast without using the iTunes Store: Choose File > Subscribe to Podcast, then enter the podcast’s Internet address. You can usually find the address on that podcast’s webpage.

Update or unsubscribe from a podcast

  1. Choose Podcasts from the pop-up menu at the top left.

    If you don’t see Podcasts, choose Edit Menu, select Podcasts, then click Done.

  2. Click Library, then do one of the following:

    • Update your podcast subscriptions: Select a podcast and click Refresh near the bottom left of the window. All currently available episodes of the podcasts you subscribe to are displayed.

    • Stop or resume a podcast subscription: Select the podcast, click Gear icon near the top right of the episodes list, then click Off or On next to Subscribed.

If you have a problem subscribing to a podcast

  • If a podcast episode doesn’t download to iTunes, the website that provides that podcast may be offline or busy.

    To try downloading again, Control-click the podcast or episode, and choose Refresh Podcast.

  • If you subscribe to a podcast by entering its URL and the podcast doesn’t download, you may have entered an incorrect URL. Check the podcast webpage for the correct URL.

  • Some podcasts on the Internet may use files that are incompatible with iTunes. For more information, contact the podcast producer.

Choose your default podcast settings

You can choose default settings that apply to all podcasts, such as how many episodes of each podcast are saved, and when they’re deleted.

  1. Choose Podcasts from the pop-up menu at the top left, then select Podcasts in the sidebar on the left.

    If you don’t see Podcasts, choose Edit Menu, select Podcasts, then click Done.

  2. Click Library, then click Defaults near the bottom left of the window.

  3. Choose the settings you want:

    • Refresh: Choose how often to check for new episodes.

    • Limit Episodes: Choose the maximum number of episodes to keep.

    • Download Episodes: Choose On to automatically download new podcast episodes when they become available.

    • Delete Played Episodes: Choose On to have iTunes delete podcasts after you’ve played them.

  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Choose settings for individual podcasts

Each podcast you subscribe to can have its own settings. Settings you choose for an individual podcast override your default podcast settings.

  1. Choose Podcasts from the pop-up menu at the top left, then select Podcasts in the sidebar on the left.

    If you don’t see Podcasts, choose Edit Menu, select Podcasts, then click Done.

  2. Click Library.

  3. Select a podcast, then click Gear icon near the top right of the episodes list.

  4. Choose the settings you want:

    • Play: Choose the order in which episodes are played.

    • Sort Order: Choose the order in which episodes are sorted.

    • Subscribed: Click Off to pause your subscription to the podcast; click On to resume.

    • Limit Episodes: Choose the maximum number of episodes to keep.

    • Download Episodes: Choose On to automatically download new podcast episodes when they become available.

    • Delete Played Episodes: Choose On to have iTunes delete podcasts after you’ve played them.

  5. Click Done to save your changes.

Create a podcast station

  1. Choose Podcasts from the pop-up menu at the top left.

    If you don’t see Podcasts, choose Edit Menu, select Podcasts, then click Done.

  2. Click Library.

  3. Click Stations in the sidebar on the left.

  4. Click New at the bottom of the iTunes window.

  5. Type a name for the station.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • Add podcasts to the station: Click Empty circle next to the podcasts you want to include, so a checkmark Checkmark in blue circle appears next to them.

    • Add all podcasts you subscribe to: Click On next to “Include all podcasts.”

  7. To customize the settings for the station, click the Settings button Gear icon.

    • Play Order: Choose what order the episodes in the station play in.

    • Include: Choose how many episodes to include in the station.

    • Media Type: Choose whether to include audio podcasts, video podcasts, or both.

    • Unplayed only: Select to include only episodes you haven’t played yet.

    • Group by Podcast: Select to organize the station by podcasts.

    Your settings apply to all podcasts included in the station.

  8. Click Done.

To view a station, click Library, then click the station in the list on the left. To play the station, click Play button.

Published Date: Mar 28, 2017
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