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Podcasts App and Older Podcasts

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BrianCombs Calculating status...
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Jun 2, 2013 6:50 PM

Is there a way I can push older podcast episodes into the Podcasts app? I've got them on my computer in iTunes, but can't get to them on my phone.


I have to believe there's a way to do this. If there isn't, the designer of the app clearly doesn't understand how podcasts are actually used.

Thanks in advance for any help.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), 13+ MBP
  • Delgadoh Community Specialists Community Specialists (1,405 points)
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    Jun 5, 2013 6:57 AM (in response to BrianCombs)

    Hey BrianCombs,


    If you have these older podcast episodes in iTunes, you can get them into the Podcasts app on your iOS device. Create an iTunes playlist with these desired older podcasts, and sync to your iOS device - now playlists with podcasts are shown within the Podcasts app, not the iTunes app.


    via: About the Podcasts app for iOS

    You can read about how to sync podcasts (and other media) in iTunes 11 here:

    iTunes 11 for Mac: Set up syncing for iPod, iPhone, or iPad


    If you downloaded these older episodes outside of iTunes, just be sure they are supported file formats:

    You can listen to most common podcast file formats in iTunes, including MP3, AAC, WAV, and .M4B. BitTorrent and WMA are some podcast formats that are not supported.


    via: Podcasting Frequently Asked Questions


    Have a good one,


  • Anean Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 19, 2013 2:50 AM (in response to BrianCombs)

    It may also depend on how you have your syncing set up. If iTunes syncs only unplayed episodes, then marking the episodes you want as unplayed may do the trick.


    If you want to keep them longer for re-listening, then adding them to a playlist may be a better option.

  • jimthing Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Jul 25, 2013 2:51 PM (in response to BrianCombs)

    Are hey actually in the Pocasts section of your Mac's iTunes? Make sure they are by doing a Get Info on them and changing the Media Type to "Podcast". Provided you have sep the syncing settings to sync those podcasts, they should show correctly in Mac iTunes.


    BUT, I have done this, and you'll likely have them show in the iOS Podcasts app all in the SAME folder!

    Known bug many users have subbed a bug for (it's been ongoing for at least 10 months!).


    My recent bug report, Bug ID: 14547061


    We'll see if it finally gets fixed sometime soon, or not though! Don't hold your breath, given it's seemingly gone unfixed for 10+ months already.

    MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 2.93GHz C2Duo, 8GB RAM, 256 SSD


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