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Podcast playlist not synced to iPhone 3gs, 3.1 iTunes 9

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John Denning Calculating status...
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Sep 14, 2009 2:17 PM
I have a manual playlist that I drag podcasts into so I can just listen to them all from start to finish without having to select and play each podcast. It's been working fine with all my iPods and my iPhone, until iTunes 9.

I drag the podcasts into the playlist. They are there and I can play them fine on my Mac. But the playlist isn't listed on the iPhone "Music" tab to select and sync. So doesn't sync. It does sync to my Nano 4g.

I hope this is a bug that will be fixed. I actually deleted the playlist and created a new one. It's NOT a smart playlist.

Has anyone else run into this? I'd love to know if it is working for someone.

iPhone 3GS, OS 3.1 iTunes 9. BTW all the podcasts play fine from the poecasts page on the iPod. I just don't like to have to manually play each podcast. Especially since so many are rather short.
iMac G5, Mac Mini, Macbook, iPhone 3GS, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 26point2miles Calculating status...
    I have the same problem but I am on a PC. Exact problem. I drop podcasts into a playlist so them play from one to another while I run. But since the software update the playlist is in iTunes but not on my iPod. Why does it not sync to the iPod when it is in iTunes?
    IBM, Windows XP
  • antieuclid Calculating status...
    Same problem here, in my case with a smart playlist. Extremely annoying!
    Home built PC, Windows Vista
  • antieuclid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Found the solution right after posting. For some reason that I will never understand, the new podcast settings for iphones in iTunes 9 defaults to not syncing any podcasts, no matter what your previous settings were. Just go to the podcast preferences tab on your iphone screen in itunes and turn podcasts back on.
    Home built PC, Windows Vista
  • 26point2miles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have an iPod Nano, not an iPhone. I can't find the setting in either iTunes or the iPod. Where is it??? Thanks!
    IBM, Windows XP
  • Stephen Finlay Calculating status...
    Yes, I've noticed the same problem.
    Podcasts sync ok and are listed under Podcasts on the iPod as you would expect, BUT, any podcasts that are in a playlist do NOT appear in the playlist on the iPod.
    This was working fine prior to iTunes 9.
    iMac 20", Mac OS X (10.6.1), iTunes 9
  • kbrph Calculating status...
    I have the same problem. Brand new 3GS, 3.1, iTunes 9. I synced the iPhone & went to the Podcast tab in iTunes on my G5 iMac. On the left side of the screen was a box with pictures of the different podcasts in my ITunes. On the right was a box that was entitled "Episodes." On the left side, below the Podcast box was another box entitled, "Include Episodes from Playlists." Inside the box was a list of all of my podcast playlists, most of which were not checked. I checked them, then re-synced my iPhone. The podcast playlists are now on my iPhone under playlists!
    G5 iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), iPhone 3GS, 3.1, iTunes 9
  • Scipioafricanus Calculating status...
    Same problem here. I can create a playlist full of podcast but it will not sync with my iPod (Classic 160g). This has to be iTunes 9, since it was fine for years.

    2.16Ghz Intel Core, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • jgohlke Calculating status...
    I've managed to find a work around.

    I subscribe to several podcasts and had a smart playlist ("media_kind = podcast" as the filter). The playlist was fine in iTunes, present on my iPod (120G Classic) but empty. Just started happening with upgrade to iTunes 9. This same configuration has worked fine for at least 1 year. Same MBP, same iPod....(I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard too)

    I played around with the filter, switched it to "genre=podcast"....same thing. Seems ok in iTunes, won't sync with iPod.

    I solved it by changing my smart playlist to use "Album contains <podcast_name>". I toggled the playlist to use "any" of the rules and then just added each podcast by name to the smart playlist. Now when I sync with my iPod, all the podcasts show up on the iPod in that playlist.

    For smart playlists, it seems to matter which rules you use to create them. Some of the attributes don't work (media-kind, genre) don't work, others (like Album) work ok. I haven't tried all the applicable ones. Once I got it working, I stopped testing.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • almost_superman Calculating status...
    Wow! Thank you! This was awesome - to read your post and find a way around this STUPID problem. I hope that the Apple people see this thread and fix it for the next version of iTunes, because the Smart PlayList option isn't quite the same. But thank you thank you thank you! You rock!
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Scipioafricanus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Good work around, but the point is, this isn't supposed to happen. I expect more from Mac products.
    2.16Ghz Intel Core, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Buffalo John Calculating status...
    Stupid question-- but how do you do THAT?
  • 26point2miles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    How to you change filters? I have not idea where to find these settings. Thanks!
    IBM, Windows XP
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