Apple is constantly improving its podcast usage with small touches, which are certainly sensible, but practical. It’s on iOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4, and we’ve seen a new system to manage the deletion of automatic downloads of episodes in a more sophisticated way.
If enabled, this option automatically deletes downloaded episodes based on defined criteria, such as last three episodes, last 24 hour episodes, last 30 days, all new episodes.
There is an unfortunate tendency to gain too much weight in the use of podcasts, so you need to constantly clean and delete episodes you no longer want. Until you check the option Delete read downloads (on iOS settings) or Automatically delete played episodes (in the Podcasts app options under macOS), but you should have read the questionable chapters yet.
The new option does not apply to podcasts that already have customized settings, available directly from files in use (three small dots). Also, manually recorded or downloaded episodes will not be deleted.
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