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I would like for iTunes to check for new podcast episodes more often than it does, without having to click “Refresh” manually. Is this possible?

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To be clear, you mean more frequently than "Every Hour"? And what OS? – Craig H Mar 17 '11 at 23:37
Is hourly the default? My iTunes hadn’t checked for new episodes despite having recently been awakened from a few days of sleep. On OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – Alan H. Mar 18 '11 at 16:11
I think the default is manual. – Mike Wills Mar 18 '11 at 19:49
@Mike I think it’s “every day” since I don’t remember changing my preference and that’s what it was set to. Not sure though. – Alan H. Mar 19 '11 at 0:40
up vote 2 down vote accepted

In the podcast section in iTunes, on the bottom on the screen there is a Settings… button.

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Click that, then make sure you are setting the default settings. Then set the refresh to however often you want.

Beyond that, it depends on your OS. I have created an Automator script to check 4 times per day.

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Not sure how I missed this, though I expected it to be in the main Preferences dialog. Thank you! I appreciate the screenshot, too. – Alan H. Mar 19 '11 at 0:41

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