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iTunes 9 won't sync playlists with podcasts

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Jeffrey A9999 Calculating status...
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Sep 9, 2009 3:45 PM
Any playlists (smart or regular) with any podcast item will no longer sync or even be listed for syncing to any hardware (fails with iPhone, iPod, Touch). Worked perfectly fine on iTune 8.2.1. APPLE - PLEASE FIX ASAP!!
MacPro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • The Doctor Level 4 Level 4 (1,225 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 7:42 AM (in response to Jeffrey A9999)
    Apple doesn't read these forums. To get their attention you have to submit feedback.

    I'm a Mac. 15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo, G4 Tower, 15" Aluminum Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.6), Lots of iPods...
  • Bruce in Iloilo Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2009 9:33 AM (in response to Jeffrey A9999)
    My playlists are syncing but the podcasts are in the wrong order. Instead of syncing them in order by release date, as indicated on my iTunes, the playlists on my iPod are in alphabetical order by podcast.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iTunes 9
  • kurt_eh Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 11, 2009 8:38 PM (in response to Bruce in Iloilo)
    Just sent this to feedback:

    Dear iTunes/Apple people.

    Whatever you have done with playlists involving podcasts for iTunes 9 was terrible.

    iTunes no longer uploads podcast playlists to podcasts in the order that was intended by the user.

    For example, I've got a playlist for the podiobook "The Rookie" by Scott Sigler. It would be awesome if I could load my Rookie playlist in the order by chapter. iTunes 8 and all previous incarnations of the software did that. Unfortunately this MAJOR BUG in iTunes 9 has disabled that ESSENTIAL feature.

    Please restore that feature ASAP.

    Thank you for your time
    Toshiba, Windows XP, MXL 990 mic, PV6 Mixer, US122L USB interface
  • SkyJack Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Sep 11, 2009 8:59 PM (in response to kurt_eh)
    I found the same thing. After talking with an Apple Product Specialist, I learned the solution: Don't use the Music tab to sync Podcast Playlists, and Uncheck the "Automatically include" option.

    Apple has separated music sync from podcast sync. This is a good improvement, though confusing to those of us familiar with working around the old Podcast sync by using Smart Playlists.

    After you have the Automatically include option deselected, scroll down on the Podcasts tab of your device and you'll find the list of Playlists under Include Episodes from Playlists. Verify or change the selections here of the podcast playlists you want on your device.

    I was just as frustrated as you were when I discovered that most of my content was missing from my iPhone. Now it is back and I can work with my podcasts in the Podcasts tab where they belong.
    eMachines, Windows Vista
  • Nilsita Calculating status...
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    Sep 12, 2009 12:13 AM (in response to SkyJack)
    Simply unchecking Automatically Include from the Podcast tab on the iPod solved my issue and allowed me to include podcasts in smart playlists in the order I want them in.
    Dell Inspiron, Windows XP Pro
  • Nigel Hartle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 12, 2009 4:21 AM (in response to Nilsita)
    He Nilsita, fixed my problem - thanks! (thought I was going mad....!)
    iMac 24" Core Duo 2.33 , HK Sticks Mk2, Powerbook G4 15" 1.67, iPod 4G/5G/Nano, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Time Capsule, 2xAirport Extreme (1 G Bit Eth) Airport Express v1
  • netmeg Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2009 3:46 PM (in response to Nigel Hartle)
    Yea well it doesn't work for me, and why can't I listen to MY podcasts in MY playlists in the way I want to listen to them?
  • DPatrickWalsh Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2009 6:19 PM (in response to netmeg)
    I am having similar issues with the way my podcasts are sorting on my iPhone 3G (3.1 on iTunes 9 in OSX10.6.1). Additional issue: I subscribe to the Apple Quick Tips podcast, but don't sync these to my iPhone. I have the Quick Tips deselected, and I deleted my Podcasts smart playlist, but it's still syncing over. Anyone else seeing this?
    iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 3.0.1
  • TomLarson Calculating status...
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    Sep 15, 2009 3:58 AM (in response to SkyJack)
    The thing that annoys me about all this is that Apple didn't say anything about this. I couldn't find reference to it in iTunes help. I bought a new Nano last week, and this problem was coincidental with the first use of the Ipod, so I thought it was related to it. The solution is counterintuitive and illogical, but at least it works! Thanks for talking to Apple about it.
    Imac, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Ipod Touch, 3rd gen. Nano, 5th gen. Nano
  • Gordon Hodgson Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Sep 17, 2009 3:26 AM (in response to TomLarson)
    And why can't I have it automatically include the podcasts rather than having to make sure the correct playlists are ticked? That's stupid!
    iMac G5 and MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6), MBP: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM
  • grizzly marmot Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
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    Sep 21, 2009 4:52 PM (in response to Jeffrey A9999)
    Great catch by Nilsita! This fixed it for me - I have to agree the change in behavior is striking and not well documented - but I guess this is why they call it iTunes 9 and not iTunes 8.3!
    eyeMac G5 2.1, Pismo G3 400, Mac OS X (10.4.11), If it's a black marmot - fight back, if it's a grizzy - play dead
  • William Shepherd Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Sep 21, 2009 6:39 PM (in response to Jeffrey A9999)
    Let's just note that you won't see the "Include Episodes from Playlists" option under the "Podcasts" tab until you actually put some podcasts into a playlist.

    So apparently the only solution to the problem of getting podcasts to play in the right order is to put them in that order in a playlist first, then manually include the playlist in your sync.

    Yes, this is goofy beyond belief.
    MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • HYHYBT Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Sep 21, 2009 9:38 PM (in response to William Shepherd)
    I don't know if this is related or not, and it'll take a bit of explanation: I have a regular playlist (not a "smart" one) where I put all new podcasts, audiobooks, whatever at the top in the order I want to hear them, separated by music. (The rest of the list contains podcasts and books I've only heard once, oldest first, for when I run out of new material). Anyway, starting the first time I synced with iTunes 9, it leaves some, but not all, new podcasts off this playlist on the iPod, though they're still available if I go to "podcasts" and select them there. I've restored the iPod (5th generation, I think) and it fixed nothing.
    MacBook Pro (late '07?) 15", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • lldanj Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2009 9:25 AM (in response to Nilsita)
    That solved the problem for me. Thanks.
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