iTunes Podcasting Support Falls Short of Expectations

Recently, there’s been quite a buzz about iTunes and its perceived shortcomings. While I personally don’t believe iTunes is terrible, it’s evident that its users are passionate and vocal about wanting improvements.

One of the newer features in iTunes is the addition of Podcast support, which initially didn’t seem very useful to me.

However, after becoming engrossed in several vlogs, it’s apparent that iTunes still has some ground to cover in perfecting this feature.

A major issue for me is the notification system, or rather, the absence of one, for new podcast episodes. If you’re navigating within the Podcast section of iTunes, you’ll notice a small blue circle indicating new content.

Yet, when you’re browsing other sections, like your Library, this notification is nowhere to be seen. The image below shows my iTunes screen with several new podcasts waiting, but it’s not immediately obvious unless you’re looking at the right place.


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