1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 27, 2010 9:56 PM by thomjw
thomjw Level 1 (55 points)
I want to convert mp3 files, (lectures) as podcasts to play them on the iphone. The iphone just imports them into music and plays them as songs on the iphone. Just changing the Options to podcast, in the info section doesn't change it on the iphone, only in itunes on the mac?

imac 24", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • thomjw Level 1 (55 points)
    Here is the answer that works well. The instructions may seem long, but it really isn't hard to do once you've tried it.

    To make mp3 files into podcasts:

    First, in itunes, find the mp3 file(s) in the music section, and hit edit, then delete. It will tell you that
    it will remove it from itunes and the iphone, click OK.
    Then it will ask you if you want to put the file in the trash or keep the file
    in the music folder. Keep the file. This will remove it from itunes, and the iphone, which is what you want.

    Second, open up a finder window on the mac. Navigate to the itunes music folder,
    which is in machd/users/johnsmith/music/itunes/itunes music. Then open another finder window alongside the one that is showing the itunes music folder. In that finder window, create a unique named new folder on the desktop, such as "movedmusic". Now, go to the itunes music folder and drag the mp3 file over to the "movedmusic" folder and drop it there. Now, the mp3 file is no longer in itunes at all.

    Third, go back to itunes main screen, click File, then "add to library". It will open a mini finder window of it's own. Navigate to the "movedmusic" folder you created on your desktop and select the mp3 file, and let it import into itunes.
    Don't worry about where itunes puts it. iTunes will put it in "songs", but that is ok. It is still seen as "new" to itunes.

    Fourth, go to the "music" at the top left of itunes menu. Find the newly imported mp3 file. Right click and select "get info". Open "options" and change it from "music" to "podcast" and hit OK. Now, you will see it disappear from the main screen in music. Go to podcasts on the left menu, and it will now be in podcasts. But WAIT! There is one more step to do or it won't sync to your iphone. Now go to the iphone on the left hand menu and select it under "devices". Then go to the iphone's "podcasts" tab, and you'll see the mp3 file you just added as a podcast. Make sure you put a check in the checkbox, that will tell itunes to sync your newly added mp3 PODCAST to your iphone. Then go over to File at the top of itunes and select "sync iphone". After the iphone syncs, your mp3 will be on your iphone in the podcast menu, and not in the songs menu!