Currently Being ModeratedNov 7, 2012 12:25 PM (in response to Noritamar)
Yes, you CAN just delete the app from my iPod Touch while leaving it on your other two devices. (I physically sync my devices with iTunes on my computer.)
On my iPad 2, I have kept the Podcasts app. I get all my unlistened to and unwatched episodes in it, and I can watch video podcasts in it. But there are no playlists.
On my iPhone 4, which I use for commuting and listening to podcasts, I have exactly the same podcast playlist setup as you (in date order, from oldest to newest with episodes from different podcasts mixed together).
Without my playlists it is useless. I deleted the Podcasts app in disgust, re-started my iPhone, (maybe re-synched with iTunes on my computer, can't remember) and my playlists returned to the Music app, and I can listen just as before. (I have to physically synch with iTunes on my computer to update the podcast episodes, though, but I'm fine with that.)
Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2012 12:36 AM (in response to paullywise)
For me, on my iPhone 4, for podcasts at least, looking in portait mode but NOT in landscape mode, I see it at the topright of the screen, under the number that says how much time remains unplayed.
There's a little pale button with a 1X in it, which if clicked changes to an orange 2X and then to an orange 1/2X.
Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2012 2:04 AM (in response to Geoff Taylor)
Thanks - that was strange. those buttons weren't showing up at first, then when i went back to it later they were there as you said. so far i got it to work for podcasts, but it seems like the feature is missing from audiobook playback. It's weird because those playspeed controls used to be there for audiobooks and podcasts in previous iOS versions.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 19, 2012 3:29 PM (in response to modehead)
Oh, but wait ... it gets better. I was going along just fine after getting rid of the Podcasts app. But last week I "upgraded" to iTunes 11 and now I can't even add podcast episodes to playlists AT ALL!!
Geez, what have they done?
Are there any alternatives to iTunes for managing playlists on an iPod Touch so I can continue to add podcast episodes to playlists? I don't listen to music on my iPhone at all, so it's only the Touch I'm concerned about.
And, if no alternatives to iTunes, how about alternatives to the iPod Touch? I never thought I would say those words, but there it is. What other MP3 players are decent enough to compete?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 19, 2012 6:18 PM (in response to Noritamar)
Ok, this is weird. I had tried to add the latest episodes from my podcasts to my playlist, and they weren't being added. Hence my post above. I closed out iTunes and had dinner. About five minutes ago I opened iTunes again, and now I can add podcast episodes to my playlist again. What?!
Is iTunes 11 just misbehaving randomly?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 6:55 PM (in response to Joe Konton)
Sure you can do these things or fork out for another app but when it worked so well, so simply for years this seems a seriously retrograde step.
Despite the rumours many of us still use desktop computers and the "i" world is yet to be a complete reality.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 7:33 PM (in response to simondbowler)
I've noticed that now, if I right-click on a podcast episode and click on "Add to playlist", the lists that come up are the ones on my devices, and not the main one on iTunes. In order to add them to the iTunes playlist, from which I sync to my iPod and iPhone, I have to drag and drop from the episode on the right to the playlist on the left pane.
This is another annoyance. I liked it better before. And yes, I do still have a desktop computer. An iMac. I guess I'm old school.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2012 3:08 AM (in response to Noritamar)
If your IOS device is plugged into your Mac, then when you right click on a podcast episode it will show all of the playlists on your IOS device at the top, then a line, then all the playlists on your Mac. So you can add to either version of playlist. I guess this is added functionality but still not dealing with the elephant in the room....
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2012 8:39 PM (in response to jockblue1)
Very true jockblue but if you move a podcast to one of the playlists on your mobile device, when you disconnect from your Mac they have disappeared from that playlist and are only accessible via Podcast.app
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to simondbowler)
However you can as one of the posts above suggest, select all the podcasts in a playlist on your idevice (whilst on your Mac), type cmd i for info, under options choose the dropdown menu next to "media kind" and choose "music" rather than podcast. Then they will appear in the playlist on your mobile device when it is disconnected. Workable but why break something that worked so well until recently
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to simondbowler)
Delete/uninstall the Podcast app and then reboot your phone. The playlists containing Podcasts will appear in he "Music" app.
I recommend not changing the media type as simondbowler suggested - it'll only serve to screw things up.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2013 11:35 PM (in response to therealcmj)
Works a treat; thanks for that therealcmj.
Mac based downloading of podcasts is painless and simple. The podcast.app is obviously designed for the many who dont. Still should have a facility to make playlists however. Next release perhaps.