Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2012 7:36 PM (in response to Doug_S)
Syncing podcasts between a Mac and an iPhone thru iTunes works exactly the way you want this to work. If you stopped before finishing, that point is synced across devices and resumes where it should. Information about when you listened, if you finished listening it, etc, is also synced. I do it all the time.
What I don't know is how you are syncing across your two Macs, but I would think home sharing would give you what you want.
They're not so much in sync as subscribed to the same podcasts. The problem comes in when I finish something elsewhere form my laptop or if I've started a podcast. I have to actively go, "OK that was minite 14, second 32... OK, 30 is close enough." and start playing. It's not a horrible thing, but it is time-consuming. It gets worse when I have to go from my laptop to my iPhone, which doesn't sync.
The whole thing is just horribly inconvenient.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2012 8:09 PM (in response to Doug_S)
"They're not so much in sync as subscribed to the same podcasts."
That's the error in your method. If you download the podcasts separately on each device, they will act as separate files. Download them on whatever device you want, but then sync them them to the other device thru iTunes. You can do the download on whatever device is handy (although I just subscribe and download on the Mac), but don't download the same podcasts on the other device, sync them.
I would go mad if I had to manually keep track of where I am in each podcast. There's no need for doing that and syncing is the key.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2012 8:10 AM (in response to Doug_S)
It's iTunes that's syncing with multiple devices. That's why you have to sync back to iTunes, then sync other devices to iTunes.
I have a Mac Pro, an iPhone, an iPod and an iPad (actually had two of them for a while). Podcasts are in sync on all of them.
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I'm aware how syncing to multiple iOS devices to one Mac works. In fact, were I looking to sync to an iPad, for instance, I already know exactly what software I would use to do so.
The problem is that one iOS device isn't supposed to be able to sync to multiple OS X devices. i.e. I can't sync my iPhone at home with my iMac and then sync it with my MacBook Pro when I hit the office.
I need to sync from my iMac to my iPhone... Wait thirty minutes while I go to the office... Then sync from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro. Then, at the end of the day, sync back to my iPhone... Travel home... And sync everything back to my iMac.