Q & A

Q. Where does iTunes store its podcast files on the computer? I would like to manually back up my collection to an external drive.

Start with the Music or My Music library on the PC or Mac. Inside your Music library, you should see an iTunes folder and inside that, there should be an iTunes Media folder - unless it has been purposely moved. Podcasts are kept in the iTunes Media folder by default. (If you have been using iTunes for years or haven’t upgraded to iTunes 9 or a later version, the folder may be called iTunes Music instead of iTunes Media.)

Regardless of the folder’s name, you should see a subfolder inside it named Podcasts. Inside the Podcasts folder are folders labeled with the names of all the audio and video podcasts you have downloaded or subscribed to through iTunes; individual episodes for each podcast are stored within each show’s folder.

If you want to manually back up all your shows, one option is to drag a copy of the Podcasts folder from the computer to a connected external drive. However, a dedicated backup program and an external drive can automatically keep your podcast archive backed up on a regular schedule - along with all your other personal files on the computer. Both the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems come with basic backup software, so you just need to supply a compatible external drive.

Q. How can I block constant Facebook game requests from certain friends - and if I do, will they be notified about it?

Facebook does provide a way to block game requests from friends. According to the site’s help guide, the friend sending the invitations is not alerted when you shield yourself from requests to play.


To block all invitations from a particular friend, log into your Facebook account on the web, click the menu triangle in the top-right corner and choose Settings. In the left column of the Settings screen, click Blocking. In the Block App Invites area, enter the name of the friend who keeps sending you the invitations. You will still see the person’s activity on Facebook, but not get the game requests.

The Manage Blocking page includes other settings, too. You can block event invitations from other users, stop certain apps from pestering you or block someone entirely from seeing your Facebook timeline, tagging you or contacting you through the site.

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