Today I notice that in the Subscriptions tab the option to mark episodes of a given podcast as played is not available anymore.
I used that feature every time I subscribe a new podcast in order to make old episodes to disappear from the filtered list.
The new podcast, at leas for me, it is not the same as played.
Marking all episodes as played without actually playing them is not really how AntennaPod was intended to be used. The feature was therefore removed from the (rather prominent) long-press menu to make room for other options. You can still use multi-select on the podcast screen to mark all as played if you really need to.
So you are using the “all episodes” screen as a queue for things you want to listen to? Why don’t you use the actual queue instead? That’s exactly what the queue is for. Then you don’t need to mark episodes as played that are not actually played.
The “downloads” screen shows downloaded episodes. The queue shows episodes that you decided you are interested in - either by downloading or by adding them to the queue. The “new” screen shows episodes that were published but that you did not yet decide what to do - you did not play them, nor download, nor add them to the queue. Think of the “new” screen as the inbox where you decide what should happen with each episode. The screen will be renamed to “inbox” in a future update.
Thinking of it again, maybe the inbox/“new” is actually the screen you want to use. Only episodes that were published after you subscribed are listed there.
FYI it’s possible to add an episode to queue without downloading it. You have to long press it and select add to queue.
I think it’s still not ideal for you but it might be better that’s what you do now.
For the sake of argument, I just wanted to mention there can be several legitimate reasons why a user might be frustrated by not having quick access to a ‘Mark all as played’ option. Just to name three which I experience fairly regularly:
Feed providers sometimes edit their back catalogues, republish episodes, or just make a real mess.
Feed providers sometimes publish new episodes in batches, of which I am only interested in a few.
Sometimes I subscribe to podcasts I already know, just to listen to present/future content. The first thing I do after subscribing is marking all past episodes as played.
Don’t get me wrong, I get that screen space is limited, but are we sure that ‘Remove all “new” flags’ is not the option that should make room in the long-press menu (on the Subscriptions view)?
I agree that providers mess up their feeds sometimes but it does not happen, like, weekly. So I don’t think it needs a prominent button for that reason. Note that you can still mark all as played using the multi-select menu in case the provider messes something up.
To me, those two are reasons to not have the prominent button. It encourages users to save incorrect state to their database instead of using the tools that AntennaPod already provides to handle stuff like that (queue, “new episodes”/inbox screen, etc).
Hello. I agree with Jose Luis Borges. ‘Mark all as Played’ was an essential tool I’ve used on AntennaPod for year, and I’m devestated it’s gona.
I am just setting up AntennaPod on a new device. I imported my OPML file from another device. AntennaPod is now showing me with over 25000 new items. Obviously, I want to ‘Mark All As Played’ and start seeing new items on a go-forward basis.
My inability to do this any longer after having the capability for years is borderline infuriating. Please bring it back soon.
Does it work if you go to episodes, switch to all episodes tab and use mark all read which is in menu?
I don’t know if really all episodes are listed there but it looks like it could be possible to mark all read from there.