Auto download initial updates
Why are initial updates not downloaded?
Because some podcast feeds have hundreds of episodes so it doesn’t make any sense to download all of them at the first update. You can long press on the podcast and select ‘Download unread’ if you want to download every unread episodes
Dustin Mowcomber commented
I think it would be nice to at least auto download the latest episode. It seems like the current behavior would make many initial users think the auto download feature is broken if they don't notice the text that states that the feature has no affect on initial updates. Effectively the auto download feature doesn't work until a week after installing the app for most podcasts since most podcasts have a new episode every week.
Or it would be nice if it would at least auto download what is in my playlist.