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PODCASTS in iPhone and iPad not in sync with iTunes

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TheRosstaman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 27, 2013 4:22 AM

I have a 3rd Gen iPad and an iPhone 5.  I have iTunes 11.1 on a PC.  If it means anything I also have an iTunes Match account within the iCloud.  It seems that my Podcasts sync between the iPhone and iPad, but not on my computer, even when I go old-school and connect either or both devices to the PC with a wire. Anyone know of a way to make iTunes stay in sync with the other 2?  I'm a heavy consumer of Podcasts and would like to keep them all in sync at all times.


Incidentally with Apple calling everything "i" something, why not "iMatch" rather than "iTunes Match" but I digress.


A "suggestion" for Apple... In the Podcasts app, swap the positions of the player buttons and the other control buttons

In other words, the jump forward and jump back 15 seconds, play and pause, jump to next or previous podcast which are at the bottom of the screen should be where the playback speed, sleep timer, share buttons currently reside and vice versa.  This way, when the phone is in lock screen mode, the position of the player buttons on the screen is relatively close to the same place.  Thus your fingers and muscle memory alwyas go to the same spot on your phone for the same purpose rather than one spot in the app and another spot in lock screen mode to play/pause or jump forward or back 15 seconds etc. 

iOS 7, Podcasts sync and button placement
  • jkanjiravilyil Calculating status...

    Being a heavy podcast listner I wanted this since the podcasts apps came out for ios.

    In iTunes 11.1 in the prefrences there is an option to have podcast sync. After checking

    that it asks you to sign in with your Apple ID. As of now it hasn't synced my podcasts on

    two of my Macs. Maybe it will be out soon!

  • Lost in Asia Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)

    It seems that my Podcasts sync between the iPhone and iPad, but not on my computer, even when I go old-school and connect either or both devices to the PC with a wire. Anyone know of a way to make iTunes stay in sync with the other 2?  I'm a heavy consumer of Podcasts and would like to keep them all in sync at all times.


    Sorry, I can't really help except to say that I'm seeing the same thing: iTunes 11.1 doesn't seem to want to listen to what iOS devices are telling it with regards to podcast play status or presence (the Podcasts app seems much better at listening to iTunes 11.1).


    If you really really want to keep them in sync: what seems to work best for me is get the Podcasts app off your iPhone, download all podcasts in iTunes, change Media Kind to Audiobook, and then sync by plugging in. This however leads to all kinds of other problems. See some of this stuff I've posted in this thread for more detail on the unfortunate kludges involved with this issue.


    Alternatively, abandon iTunes 11.1 for podcasts, and get another set of speakers in your computer room - play podcasts through your iPhone on those speakers. Obviously, this option kind of ***** if you don't want to spend money on a redundant set of speakers (after all, my computer has perfectly reasonable speakers!).


    Actually, that leads to what may be a dumb question: can I use my computer to play directly from my iPhone? Can I AirPlay to my computer? I don't see that option, but I have a vague impression that more recent iMacs can handle that.

  • jkanjiravilyil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There are apps that will let you airplay to your computer. I actually do airplay my podcast to a second set of speakers with an airport express in my home office. I find that to be the best solution. I have a feeling though that a fix may be comming and iTunes will sync with the podcast app over the air. Just hope its soon!

  • jkanjiravilyil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    I am so happy!

    My iTunes version is 1.1 so make sure your itunes is updated.

    Go to iTunes prefrences(command ,) and in the Store section make sure that Sync podcast subscritions and settings is checked!

    Curious to know if it works for you now, so reply back!

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  • Lost in Asia Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)

    TheRosstaman, I'm seeing the same thing: podcasts that I've finished listening to on the iPhone aren't marked as played on iTunes. I've had a whole bunch of podcasts that I've finished on the iPhone, but have a few minutes left on iTunes. It's like the playback position is periodically synced, but then the fact that it's been entirely played sometimes isn't synced at all - so what iTunes remembers is the last time the playback position was synced.


    I'm having marginally more luck with not syncing podcast subscriptions at all. (Podcast episodes only sync from the iPhone onto iTunes when the iPhone is plugged in.) Syncing playback position and plays is only sometimes working, but at least I'm not (currently) having random disappearances and reappearances. Both the iPhone and iTunes seem to be successfully remembering what they've been told or what's happened, which wasn't the case when I had podcast subscriptions synced - they're just not doing a good job of telling each other what's happened.


    But yeah, podcast syncing between iTunes and an iOS device is currently buggy at best. If I had a spare speaker dock I'd just have that in my computer room now, and abandon syncing altogether. There's way too much micromanagement involved now. I don't want to spend my morning digging through podcast playlists to establish which ones I've already listened to!

  • Naybob Calculating status...

    Dear TheRosstaman,


    I was have the same problem as you.  I found your discussion thread in hopes of solving the syncing issue.


    By the Way thank you for creating this discussion.


    After reading through everyone's replies I realised that not only did I have to turn on podcast syncing in itunes as

    jkanjiravilyil stated...

    But I also needed to turn on Sync Subscription in the Podcast settings on my iPad.


    I did a manual refresh on the ipad and itunes to quickly check the syncing. And it worked marvelously, 




    thanks again



    iPad (3rd gen) Wi-Fi
  • mjbrender Calculating status...

    Thank you thank you for your post. I didn't realize how simple it was to clean up my out-of-sync issues until you walked me through it. Working like a charm.


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