I've been wanting to go back and listen to some old Giant Bombcasts. However, when I try downloading the podcasts from the early days, which never had any ads on them, there are ads for some reason. For example, I get an ad before this, the first podcast from 2012 (which, by the way, has a brief mention of how it sucks to pay for ads). There is no ad if I use the in-site player, but when I click on "Download" there is an ad right at the start. This is unacceptable because I intend to listen to these podcasts on a device and in a place with no internet connection, so using the website's player is not an option.
I thought when I bought a premium subscription then I would get an ad-free experience, considering that the page where you subscribe says "Ad-free experience". It also says "no podcast advertisements*", with an asterisk, but there is no subsequent explanation for the asterisk. You can't just put a naked asterisk after a promise and then not fulfill the promise.
EDIT: It has now been 6 months and the asterisk is STILL THERE, as of June 13, 2022.
EDIT 2022-12-29: It has now been 13 months and the asterisk is still there. Does anybody who works on the site ever actually look at the site?