Cast Away
Cast Away 2.9.12
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Podcast removal scheduler and episode auto-player.   Shareware ($8.00)
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Cast Away allows for the scheduled removal of podcasts on a per podcast basis. It also features the automatic playing of podcasts.

Features:
  • Separate podcast removal settings per podcast subscription
  • Separate settings for iTunes and iPod for each podcast
  • Separate settings for long and short episodes
  • Separate over-rides, including keep latest, megabyte caps, and keep unheard
  • Global megabyte caps for iTunes and iPod
  • Can be scheduled daily if not open, or hourly if open
  • Works both with
What's New
Version 2.9.12:
  • Work around other iTunes 11.1.x issues involving deleted cloud episodes.
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.4 or later
  • iTunes 8.1 or later



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ver. 2.x:
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Chimoosoft commented on 12 Jul 2007
Anyone try this with the latest iTunes version (7.3.1)? I'm nervous to give this thing access to my library...
[Version 2.2]


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Defector commented on 08 Jul 2007
I heard about this app on the Mac Observer Mac Geek Gab and finally decided to track it down.

This functionality should be free- FROM ITUNES!

But since Apple has chosen NOT to include it, somebody has stepped up to figure it out and write an app.

I'm curious- how can anybody with NO coding skills say this should be *free*? Seriously. This makes no sense. You can't do it, but of somebody can, they owe you, and should make this free? And you slam the developer for making this DONATIONWARE?! UNCRIPPLED and DONATIONWARE! Are you kids nuts? Gimme, gimme.

Hey, if this was something ANYbody could do, or some people have already done, with no unique features, you'd probably have a point. So far, that's not the case.

This is a niche product. And in the consumer world, filling those niche needs *is* more expensive than mass marketing.

I'm going to try this app out, and if it does what I need I'm buying. Seems fair enough.

I could wait until Apple incorporates it in to iTunes. Anybody know when that will be? Me neither.

For those who actually wrote a credible review, it would be helpful to know where and why it was less than satisfactory. Then I might not even have to download it.
[Version 2.2]


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Keith Nealy reviewed on 16 Apr 2006
Cast Away is incredibly useful. I can set it up to get rid of podcasts automatically and so just let iTunes and Cast Away keep me up-to-date. I just sync my iPod to have all the latest stuff without having to worry about it filling up.

The developer is very responsive and worked with me to add the ability to handle SmartPlaylists and resolve some timing issues.

Highly recommended.
[Version 1.9.2r2]


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El Payo reviewed on 04 Dec 2005
I think the ability to manage podcasts is critical and can't believe that Apple left it out of iTunes.

Without Cast Away my podcast library would quickly balloon to many gigabytes (especially with video podcasts.) I may be a 'niche' user, but I find that the app has allowed me to subscribe to many more feeds than I'd otherwise have the time to manage manually, and as another reviewer has mentioned, the new 'caps' options keep both my iPod nano and my Mac from choking on too much input.

If you're trying to manage your podcasts video podcast subscriptions this is your app.
[Version 1.7.4]


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+1


Anonymous reviewed on 28 Nov 2005
This application does what it is supposed to do and does it well. When iTunes was releaesd with podcasts I was dissapointed with its options for cleaning up podcasts. CastAway makes up for that without forcing me to give up on iTunes and use a custom podcast app like iPodder X

If you have a flash-based MP3 player (i.e. nano) and subscribe to more than one or two podcasts they can quickly get out of hand and fill up more space on your MP3 player than you would like. Through CastAway you can specify which podcasts to retain longer (iTunes treats all podcasts the same) and set limits on how many MB each podcast should take up or a cumulative total for all podcasts. For those of you with hard-drive based MP3 players this isn't as much of an issue.

I can see iTunes eventually improving its features for cleaning up podcats but I'm skeptical that it'll be as flexible as CastAway. (Besides, Apple benefits when you fill up your MP3 player and decide to buy one with greater capacity ;-) In the mean time, I'll continue to use CastAway. The developer is responsive and listens to suggestions (at least 2 major updates in the last week)
[Version 1.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Nov 2005
If you review this product please review its functionality, not its cost. Although there is a requested fee, it is on the honor system and the product is not crippled in any way. This product should not be getting low ratings just because the developer wants some renumeration for his hard work.
[Version 1.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Nov 2005
free maybe. 7 quid... nuts!
[Version 1.3]

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Anonymous commented on 22 Nov 2005
Yeah it should be free, but "quid" refers to the British pound. Seven American dollars is less than seven quid.
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Anonymous commented on 22 Nov 2005
All the comments so far have been about the $7 shareware fee. So apparently it is working as designed for most, which is a good thing.

Although I too wish this function was built in to iTunes, it is not, and so far there is no sign of it coming. So Cast Away serves an important function for me and for other podcast subscribers.

Cast Away was not an easy application to develop, so I do feel a modest shareware fee is justified. However, as a principle, WBC releases unrestricted shareware on the honor system. So if you really want to use it for free, you can lie and just check the "I paid" box. Technically this would be stealing, but I do realize this will happen. It's all honor system.
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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Aug 2005
I agree. It is a little too niche and futureless for anything beyond donation-ware.
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 31 Jul 2005
This should be freeware. Sorry developer.
[Version 1.0]

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Anonymous commented on 31 Jul 2005
2 stars because it should be freeware?

sorry but i release a whole lot of freeware-- this one took a lot to develop believe it or not. and it's not even crutched either. it's honor system.

please rate on the basis of whether it does what it claims well.
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Anonymous commented on 31 Jul 2005
My stars or lack of them had more to do with the value for money. I have not tested it which is why I gave a 3.
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Anonymous commented on 31 Jul 2005
If you have not tried it then you can hardly review it using star ratings.

Furthermore, your post was labelled as a 'comment' and a comment is NOT a review.

You are a putz.
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Anonymous commented on 31 Jul 2005
For the record-- the developer did not write the above comment calling this guy a putz. Someone else did.

But I concur with the other assessments.

--WBC
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Anonymous reviewed on 31 Jul 2005
i'll wait for the next update to itunes and get this functionality for free.
[Version 1.0]


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teacher24_70 had trouble on 04 Jun 2007
I keep losing me settings!

I just downloaded Cast Away yesterday and am trying to get it to work. I'm using the "test without removing" option so that I can make sure that it treats each podcast correctly. So far, I've input all of my settings--FOR 44 PODCASTS--than then lost those settings! TWICE! Once when I quit Cast Away and then restarted it. It appears that some settings are there, but many are not (looking at the "advanced" tab).

Has anyone else seen this? I'm tired to trying to get this to work without losing all of the hard work of setting up each podcast.

Using on G4 Powerbook-10.3.9 & iTunes 7.1.1
[Version 2.2]



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rleebond rated on 23 Mar 2012

[Version 2.9.7]


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License:Shareware
Date:14 Feb 2014
Platform:PPC 64 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Cast Away allows for the scheduled removal of podcasts on a per podcast basis. It also features the automatic playing of podcasts.

Features:
  • Separate podcast removal settings per podcast subscription
  • Separate settings for iTunes and iPod for each podcast
  • Separate settings for long and short episodes
  • Separate over-rides, including keep latest, megabyte caps, and keep unheard
  • Global megabyte caps for iTunes and iPod
  • Can be scheduled daily if not open, or hourly if open
  • Works both with iTunes podcasts and with any playlist created by a 3rd party podcast application
Podcast Playback Features:
  • Automatic new podcast episode playing with queue and last track resume
  • Add unplayed podcasts to playback stack
  • Flexible control of which new episodes to play, when to play them, and where to start them
  • Built-in wake up and sleep timers with fading
  • More frequent podcast updating than iTunes allows


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