iTunes: Exclamation point appears next to podcast

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If you have podcasts in iTunes, an exclamation point may appear to the left of a podcast or podcast episode in certain circumstances.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • iTunes can't locate the podcast episode. You may have inadvertently moved or deleted it. If you can't locate the podcast episode, you may want to download it again.
  • There is a problem downloading the podcast. You can click on the exclamation point to learn more information.
  • You've subscribed to a podcast but have more than five unplayed episodes. iTunes will stop automatically downloading newer episodes. You may get the following message:
    iTunes has stopped updating this podcast because you have not listened to any episodes recently. Would you like to resume updating this podcast?
    You can click Yes to continue downloading additional episodes. Or you can just listen to any part of any episode and a new episode will download at the next update.

Note that with iTunes 4.9, you cannot edit a podcast address. If you typed the address in manually (as opposed to subscribing from the iTunes Store), you will need to delete the podcast subscription and resubscribe with a valid address.

Published Date: Oct 7, 2016