I get my podcasts through Apple Podcasts (previously itunes) and while it's not great, it's fine, I can usually make it work. Don't really want to change since a lot of them are patreons, and if I have to move them, I don't necessarily remember all my passwords to manage them all so it would be a big stupid job.
I download them on my desktop computer and from there transfer them to my ipod.
The problem is not mainly with the podcasts I want to listen to, but with ones that I don't. I'll listen to one episode, decide it's not for me, but from then on, for years and years, every episode will show up on my unplayed list. I don't download them, so they're not messing up my actual playing and listening experience, but every time I want to do a little managing of the podcasts I actually listen to, I have to scroll past literally dozens of episodes of some show I listened to one of, three years ago.
Every place that gives me a choice to uncheck these shows, I've unchecked them. They just won't go away.
And meanwhile, every now and then, itunes just decides not to show things I actually want on my unplayed list, so I have to go over to the store and ask for them again. So I have right now three shows I like, that I have to go and manually get every week, while twice a week a show that I only listened to once just because someone I know was guesting on it, shows up faithfully on my unplayed list.
Is there a way to fix this that doesn't have me just leaving apple podcasts entirely?