Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2013 5:51 AM (in response to WGQ)
An update to my previous first impression of iOS 7 + iTunes 11.1:
1. If you keep everything in the Cloud, the ecosystem seems to sync quite well. I've tested with two Macs, two Apple TVs, an iPhone, and an iPad – and I seem to be able to move seemlessly between them.
2. If you download local copies of Podcasts to your Mac, the problem of iTunes on the Mac not reporting progress back to the Cloud seems to still be an issue. In fact, I found that downloading a Podcast episode basically cut the ties with the Cloud-syncing ecosystem. There may exist some mechanism of manual syncing, refresh, etc., that addresses this, but I haven't found it yet.
3. The Podcast "App" on Apple TV is still not syncing with Macs/iTunes, which means it's still pretty useless. However, if you select "My Computer" and select Podcasts from there, the ATV will feed off of the Podcast data in iTunes, and it updates it with progress info too. That works for me.
Having the same issues. iTunes on Mac and Apple TV rarely keep in sync with iPhone app.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2013 10:27 AM (in response to Nijntje)
Seriously Apple?! I thought podcasts was your bag, yet implementation of them in iTunes and iOS is abysmally bad. And it seems to be getting worse.
I am signed into my iCloud account on both iTunes and iOS. What I would like to happen (and should be happening) is the podcast played flags and playback positions sync between devices seamlessly. Not only is this not happening, but podcasts I've already listened to and deleted from my iOS device are reappearing and being flagged as unplayed after I sync.
It's infuriating to say the least.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to kylereads)
The most embarrassing thing of all for Apple? My iTunes podcasts sync perfectly with my 7 year old iPod but not with my relatively new iPhone.
Steve Jobs would have fired the lot of you.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2013 8:54 PM (in response to robertcc)
Same thing here - they still work perfectly with my years-old Nano, but won't sync correctly at all with my expensive new iPhone. Sad. I'd rather not have the wireless sync at all if it has to be this broken.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2014 1:23 PM (in response to Ignus Fast)
Just bought the new iPhone 5s and am trying to sort out the syncing of podcasts. I have iTunes set to load my iPhone with the 5 least recent unplayed episodes of each of my podcasts, but when I try and sync wirelessly, no info seems to get transferred to iTunes and I don't get any new episodes to listen to on my phone. Not a happy camper! Fix this pronto Apple! I only started using the podcast app when I was forced to after the upgrade to iOS 7 on my previous iPhone. I've loved your products for years, but the quality is seriously going down.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 12, 2014 5:35 PM (in response to Jon Baumgartner)
I have the exact same problem. I was actually shocked for a while early on when I got my iPhone 5s and listened to a podcast and then when I opened iTunes, my spot was synced...but that last about 1 day.
Apple is the new MS?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2014 1:52 PM (in response to kylereads)
After putting up with this glitchy iPhone podcast app, I have officially deleted it. My seven-year old iPod still syncs perfectly with iTunes and I'll continue to use it. It's been more than a year and Apple still can't or won't fix the problem. Obviously it's not a high enough priority for them or else the issue would have been resolved in a matter of days. I don't understand why my newer iPhone can't do what my old iPod can. Doesn't matter anymore. Thanks for nothing, Apple.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2014 6:00 PM (in response to robertcc)
I remember back around 2005 or so when I had one of the early ipods and was getting into podcasts. I had a small, b/w screen and it didn't do much more than play audio but I certainly knew exactly what was going to be on my ipod everytime I picked it up after syncing. And if I wanted to add something manually, I just dragged it over. Simple but it worked. And that was the beauty of Apple, it just worked.
Now I have absolutely no faith in the ability of anything to work at all. My podcasts sometimes will, sometimes won't download. I have to go into each while around a wifi source to make sure the newest episode actually has downloaded and if not, I have to try to convince it to do so. And if I do get the episode downloaded, there's no guarantee that it will actually play when I want because I could very well get a message that it's not available.
And previously played episodes get downloaded again and again while what used to be a clean and simple interface with 4-5 episodes per podcast listing is now bloated with eps that are not actually there but in the cloud as if I care.
The apple cloud efforts have been a miserable failure and podcasts are only one of the services that have been almost destroyed by it.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2014 12:45 PM (in response to kylereads)
Boy this is a very long post. Looking at the support page for Podcasts its rediculus the number of posts there.
Like many here I find that podcasts sync well to my older model Touch but then I was listening to the podcasts through the music program and not the Podcast program.
Appears that the Podcast program wouldn't sync my Podcast playlists properly. Either they didn't show up or they were missing podcasts. Took the longest time for them to institute sort by oldest date first. Seriously, does no one on the programming team listen to podcasts?
I have the issue of podcasts not syncing properly back to itunes so I had podcasts reappearing.
I have some radio programs that I record off of the internet but I can't get the Podcast program to see them even when I change them to a "Podcast" kind. It's like iTunes and the Podcast program aren't written for each other.
Seems with every update with iTunes there is something that stops working for podcasts.
I have a 27" iMac and an iPhone 5c
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2014 4:48 AM (in response to robertcc)
I'm in a similar situation. After sticking with Podcasts for a long time, I'm admiting a this stage it's never going to be a good application. Just now I had a bunch of stuff downloaded, and it won't let me play them because it claims they're not available from the site - I had already downloaded the podcast episodes and played one of them a few days back. I tell it to update a podcast, and it downloads a new episode. I switch browse a different podcast before coming back to the original one to find the new episode has vanished.
I struggled with the original versions, with the animated tapedeck, that were slow and showed similar reliability issues. I deleted it and came back when they ditched the junk and seemed to have improved a lot of things. I'm done now - not even going to bother trying future versions.
I'm trying Downcast, and if that's anywhere near as terrible as Podcasts I'm going back to syncing podcasts to the music player. Considering podcasting really came to prominence through the iPod, it's sad the application provided by Apple is so sub-par. Podcasts are one of the main things I listen to when I'm travelling. If I can't reliably listen to podcasts then why am I using an iPhone?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2014 7:03 AM (in response to The Real Sean)
I have been using Downcast for about a year. It works great. I do not sync with anything. I only have it on my phone. It checks for updates wirelessly every day, downloads new episodes and deletes the episodes I have already listed to. You can set it up that way or delete manually. I am very happy with it. I have tried using the Podcast app off and on, but I always go back to Downcast.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2014 7:28 AM (in response to The Real Sean)
The Real Sean, you won't be disappointed. I don't post here anymore, but still get update e-mails. I'm amazed at all the people that still come here to complain day in & day out. There is a viable & completely reliable solution that is an amazing app. It has tons of features that far surpass the Podcasts app even if it actually worked. If the Podcasts app started syncing perfectly tomorrow I wouldn't even try it. It still lacks dozens of features that Downcasts has. But, people will keep coming in here crying about how Apple won't do this & Apple won't do that. IT IS YOUR OWN FAULT! There is a solution, stop complaining about it, fix the problem & move on with your lives. I used to be one of those people & I'm so glad I finally saw the light. There is no solution for the Podcast app syncing issues & Apple does not & will not care if you post in here about how upset you are. Download Downcast. I sync seamlessly between an iPhone 5, a 2010 27" iMac, an iPad 2, a 2013 Macbook Pro, a 2012 20" iMac, & an iPad Mini. I ABSOLUTELY NEVER HAVE A SINGLE PROBLEM, with playlists, settings, downloads, or partially listened to podcasts. I listen at work on my iMac, walk to my car & pick up where I left off for my commute, & walk in the house and pick up where I left off by Airplaying my Macbook to my TV. As Apple used to say, "It just works." Support an amazing developer & download Downcast. Trust me!
BTW, I have no affiliation with the makers of Downcast in any way, but I use their product everyday & it is simply amazing. Peace!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 1, 2014 7:42 AM (in response to Lock24)
Just a quick note about Downcast: there isn't a Windows version, so you won't be able to create your own manual Podcasts from downloaded content e.g. from iPlayer if you run Windows.
p.s. I'm not actuslly sure if you can create manual podcasts with the Mac version of Downcast. I'm only mentioning this as manual podcasts were discussed earlier on in this thread.