So I keep getting an exclamation mark next to a bunch of my podcast feeds, and when you hover over it, it tells you:
iTunes has stopped updating this podcast because you haven’t listened to any episodes for two weeks
…or somesuch. If you try googling it, you will find other people who are equally annoyed by this:
I’m not sure whether I’m annoyed by this behavior or not. On one hand, it’s a good thing I’m not filling up my hard drive with files I’m not listening to. On the other hand, I often let a few shows pile up and then listen to them while I’m out running errands or something and do get caught up eventually. Now I actually need to make sure the downloads are taking place before they expire out of the originating feeds.
Apple – I think this is a behavior you need to offer a configuration for in the preferences. It’s a great idea, but it should be my decision to stop downloading files, not yours.
…but frankly most of the people you will discover are complaining about feeds that have moved, or accept the “click on it and pull down the update podcast” opium. I don’t want drugs. I manage my system, I want this shit switched off, or the timeout uplifted from 2 weeks to 52.
I loaded ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iTunes.plist using:
Developer/Applications/Utilities/Property List Editor.app/
…but cannot see anything obvious; there appears to be a bitmask (?) called PPrf:Downloads but in truth that could be anything. Going into /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj and doing
perl -pe ‘tr/\000//d’ < Localizable.strings | grep stop
…shows the exact message:
“9008.014″ = “iTunes has stopped updating this podcast because you have not listened to any episodes recently. Would you like to resume updating this podcast?”;
…but knowing what the string’s ID (9008.014) is, is not terribly useful.
So does anyone know how to disable this check, or how to to set it to an enormous timeout rather than “recently” for whatever value Apple defines as recent?