so I bought a multi-pass for The Daily Show last night. I was waiting all last night for iTunes to give me a dialog box or something (a Growl notification would have been nice, but that's just wishing on my part), but it didn't do anything.
finally, when I checked my email, I got this:
The latest episode of The Daily Show is now available for you to download. Simply sign in to iTunes and it will begin downloading immediately.
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 3/08/06
sign in? but I'm already signed in! I'm always signed in!
I tried quitting iTunes, accessing the front page, accessing the TV Shows page, accessing the Daily Show page — nothing worked. there was no notification in iTunes that a new episode was available, and not even a place I could poll to see if a new episode was available, much less get it.
finally I signed out, then signed in again. and then, finally, it downloads. but it didn't get added to my shopping cart (I still use one — holdover from my dial-up days); it simply downloaded immediately. this would be fine if it were listed among the podcasts, but it's a component of the Music Store, and Music Store downloads should use the shopping cart if it's enabled.
so if you buy the multi-pass, you have to sign out and back in to make it download any new episodes. lame, Apple, lame.
I think I'll file a bug on this tomorrow.
UPDATE 2006-03-10: patr1ck suggested in the comments that I should try “Check for Purchases”. this works, but it isn't documented anywhere. I'll still file a bug today.