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webstereo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a few smart playlists set to contain podcasts. (BBC podcasts for example) My playlist in iTunes contains a few podcasts but after finishing syncing the podcast playlists on my iPod are empty. The playlists that contain music sync ok. This function used to work in the previous version.
I'm using an older 80 gig iPod. Is anyone else having this problem?

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    sylance Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the exact same issue. It works with my 4g nano, but not with my 5.5 iPod 80GB. The Podcasts are in my playlists in iTunes, but when I sync they're no longer on my iPod. Please help!
  • 2. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    webstereo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I suggest you contact apple feedback. I guess that's how they'll figure out there is a problem. In the meantime I may downgrade.
  • 3. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    pdxnevets Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem.

    I have ALL my Podcasts set up to download into different Smart Folders (for my iPod Touch) in my iTunes playlist Library. Example, News related Podcast drop into a news Smart Playlist folder. All the folders are correct in my iTunes Player but they are not syncing with my iPod Touch (32GB, 3.1.1). All my other Smart Playlists (that do not include Podcasts) are syncing ok 'tho.

    NOTE: It is interesting because all my Music Podcasts in smart folders are syncing fine.
  • 4. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    RogerLawson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have precisely the same problem: Podcasts playlists are not being synced. Other playlists (music) seem to be ok.

    iTunes library has the correct playlist but shows an empty podcast playlist on the iPod Touch. However, checking the iPod Touch per se shows a playlist that is not current or in the correct order. The actual podcasts do, however, seem to be on the iPod Touch (I have selected "sync all unplayed podcasts").

    I have verified all iTunes/iPod preferences, and they all appear to be ok.

    It is not convenient to listen to my favorite podcasts without a functioning podcast playlist.

    Hoping for an update from Apple soon...
  • 5. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    Neuro Guru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Add me to the list!... I usually have a dedicated podcast playlist, which I have particular list of podcast so I don't have to manually go to a new podcast every time. It is important because I have my ipod nano attached to my headphone, which is not very convenient to take off and push buttons and wheels to navigate.

    I really need the podcast playlist back onto my iPod nano. The playlist is fine in iTunes 9, but when the nano get plugged in, just that playlist does not show up at all.... I cannot even select to sync in the iPod preference when plugged in. That's really bad.
  • 6. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    Sam Martin Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    In iTunes, under the Podcasts tab on your iPod, try UNchecking “Automatically include _ episodes of _,” and check your playlists under “Include Episodes from Playlists:”. That seems to do it for me.

    This is a stupid bug… apparently, automatically including X number of episodes prompts iTunes to DELETE the rest from all your iPod’s playlists. Can’t even report the bug under iTunes 9—the menu on the feedback page only goes up to 8.1 yet.
  • 7. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    RogerLawson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks, Sam. That bypasses the bug for me.

    Podcast playlists now sync just fine...
  • 8. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    webstereo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the fix. This is a really annoying bug. i still sent feedback even though it was not possible to select V9 in the drop down menu.
  • 9. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    Gene Fisher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    A slight variant of Sam Martin's solution works best for me. I leave "Automatically include _ episodes of _,” CHECKED, with 'all' selected in the first drop-down and 'selected podcasts' in the second drop-down. Then I check everything in the "Podcasts:" list and everything under "Include Episodes from Playlists:".

    This duplicates the behavior I had in iTunes version 8, where podcast episodes show up in both created playlists, and also under the 'Podcasts' library folder.

    So, what works is "Automatically include all episodes of selected podcasts", with everything checked in the "Podcasts:" and "Include Episodes" lists. What does NOT work is the seemingly equivalent "Automatically include all episodes of all podcasts".
  • 10. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    coloma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Gene and Sam, thank you SO MUCH for the workarounds! Gene, I did just as you suggested except that I only sync "unplayed" episodes. I will report this to Apple but in the meantime I have recovered the functionality I need.
  • 11. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    Seunghun Lee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yep. i would also like to thank gene and sam for the workarounds.

    this is a pretty annoying bug and looks like it affected a lot of people's listening habits. i hope apple fixes it soon.
  • 12. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    tysonxy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Another big thanks. I was so ticked when I got to work today and saw that I had no podcasts in my work playlist. This workaround fixes the problem for now. Hopefully this gets fixed soon.
  • 13. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    gartlande Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh, thank you , thank you , thank you! I was going crazy trying to figure this out!
  • 14. Re: Podcast playlists now not syncing with iTunes 9.
    jtretakoff Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Worked perfectly. Thank you so much! What a bizarre "feature" iTunes 9 enabled. Glad someone figured out that podcasts should not be subject to Apple's idea of how we want to play content on our own devices. Thanks again.
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