6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2008 10:12 AM by James L.
njmedic2872 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello, is there a way to sync only specific podcasts I select on my iPhone? For example, on the iPod Touch you can drag in the specific podcast episodes you want. But on the iPhone it doesn't appear possible...it only lets you select things like "10 most recent," etc. Any ideas???!!! Thanks!!

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  • 1. Re: Podcast syncing question...PLEASE HELP!!
    Dennis Metzcher Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    You can choose to sync the iPhone manually (via the checkbox on main iPhone in iTunes when iPhone is connected to your computer), and then drag the items you want onto the iPhone itself. I believe this feature was added with the 1.1.3 firmware release. Is that what you mean?
  • 2. Re: Podcast syncing question...PLEASE HELP!!
    njmedic2872 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It is what I would like, but it still doesn't work that way for me...even with the latest iPhone update. I can un-click the sync for podcasts; but when I attempt to manually drag it doesn't allow me to (doesn't give the green plus)...
  • 3. Re: Podcast syncing question...PLEASE HELP!!
    kworley Level 4 Level 4 (2,105 points)
    When you un-click the podcast sync are you "applying" the change? When you try to drag the podcast to the phone, where are you dragging the file to? Normally I have my music set to be manually managed, but the podcasts set are to sync the most recent 3 unlistened. When I un-click the sync checkbox on the podcasts screen to manually manage them, and hit "apply", my "podcasts" playlist disappears from the iPhone. If I then try to drag a podcast to the phone, I get the green "+" only if I drag the file over the main "music" playlist or over one of the standard playlists. I can't add it to any of the smart playlists.
  • 4. Re: Podcast syncing question...PLEASE HELP!!
    Dennis Metzcher Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    kworley wrote:
    When you un-click the podcast sync are you "applying" the change? When you try to drag the podcast to the phone, where are you dragging the file to? Normally I have my music set to be manually managed, but the podcasts set are to sync the most recent 3 unlistened. When I un-click the sync checkbox on the podcasts screen to manually manage them, and hit "apply", my "podcasts" playlist disappears from the iPhone.


    This is what should happen.

    If I then try to drag a podcast to the phone, I get the green "+" only if I drag the file over the main "music" playlist or over one of the standard playlists. I can't add it to any of the smart playlists.


    I see the same thing when I drag the podcast name to the iPhone in the "DEVICES" list.
  • 5. Re: Podcast syncing question...PLEASE HELP!!
    James L. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    As I understand it, you can not manually manage Podcasts.
    You also cannot sync podcasts from more than one computer.
    when I try on the machine that is not sync'ed to the iphone, it warns me it will erase all songs and videos if I want to snyc podcasts. I think that totally *****. This is not a problem at all for my iPod 5G. If it's synced to a different computer it will just erase the podcasts and replace with those on new computer, and leave the music alone.
    You will also find that if you are manually managing music, and then switch to automatically sync, it will want to erase all the songs and start over. That's not too smart. It's not like it can't compare what's already on there with what it would sync.
    For a suggestion, you can select "Play all New" podcasts and then in itunes you can rightclick on a podcast and tag it as "not new" so it won't sync if you don't want it on there.
    I hope Apple fixes these; I feel like they're treating us more like prospective criminals than customers with all these restrictions on music syncing.
  • 6. Re: Podcast syncing question...PLEASE HELP!!
    James L. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I take it back... I am now at home and you CAN sync podcasts to more than one computer (now) without wiping your music. You cannot, however, manually manage music on more than one computer. I'd reiterate this makes us much less flexible than my ten year old nephew with his ipod shuffle that he got for free for subscribing to a magazine. (btw, I am frustrated with this precisely because I am absolutely ecstatic with and in love with my iPhone)

    Anyway, try out the "new" "not new" sync method. it's pretty easy and the same amount of effort as ticking/unticking individual podcasts...