10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2012 5:24 PM by Jamie 86
Mike Loiterman Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
I have several podcasts that I have long since unsubscribed to that continue to appear in AppleTV 2. They do not show up on my iPad or iPhone, so this appears to be a bug in AppleTV 2.

Further, there are several episodes of other podcasts that have been listened to and long since deleted, but they too continue to show up only in Apple TV 2.

Anyone else see this?

Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    it's more likely to be an issue with your itunes library having ghost podcast links.
    the appletv2 does not store that info, it takes it direct from itunes via HomeSharing.

    ghost podcast links have been discussed before and it's always been an itunes library corruption issue.
  • Mike Loiterman Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I think you're probably right. I'm following the directions here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1451

    in order to rebuild my library.

    Do you have any links to previous discussions about this? I've searched on "ghost podcast links" but nothing is coming up.

    Message was edited by: Mike Loiterman
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    Mike Loiterman wrote:
    Do you have any links to previous discussions about this. I've searched on "ghost podcast links" but nothing is coming up.


    no, but the term "ghost podcast links" probably wouldn't bring it up anyway as i doubt that exact term would have been used.
  • newagemac Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
    There's some problem with the podcasts home sharing feature where if you choose to remove the podcast from your iTunes library but choose to "Keep Files" in the iTunes Media Folder rather than moving the actual files to the Trash then the ATV2 will still show the podcasts and be able to play them.

    I ran into this issue today. What I did to solve it was to go into my Itunes Media Folder and find the stray podcast and send it to the trash. That should fix it for you.
  • Mike Loiterman Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Rebuilt my iTunes library and that seems to have fixed the problem with my Apple TVs. I have not yet synced my iPhone or iPad and crossing my fingers that I do not have major problems with that.
  • Mike Loiterman Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I had to revert to my old iTunes library. While I was able to create a new library and it get everything properly established, having a new library means completely recreating everything on my iPhone and iPad and losing all the app data.

    This is not acceptable and so I'm living with the minor imperfections of having a few deleted podcasts listed on my Apple TV.

    While this is certainly a problem with my library, I really think it's a bug - everything shows up correctly on my computer, iPhone, and iPad. The only place it's messed up is on the AppleTV, so I believe this is a bug in the way the AppleTV reads the data from iTunes.

    Sigh...not much I can do expect hope that apple sees this and fixes this in a future update.
  • Mike Loiterman Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    newagemac wrote:
    There's some problem with the podcasts home sharing feature where if you choose to remove the podcast from your iTunes library but choose to "Keep Files" in the iTunes Media Folder rather than moving the actual files to the Trash then the ATV2 will still show the podcasts and be able to play them.

    I ran into this issue today. What I did to solve it was to go into my Itunes Media Folder and find the stray podcast and send it to the trash. That should fix it for you.



    You're right and that did fix some of them, but somehow the library sees podcasts that just do not exist any more. I went through the trouble of unsubscribing and deleting all my podcasts. I even deleted the whole podcast folder within the iTunes folder.

    iTunes itself believes podcasts are empty, but Apple TV still sees a half dozen or so stray podcasts and subscriptions that have long been deleted.
  • newagemac Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
    Hold the menu+down buttons until the Apple TV starts flashing (about 5 seconds) to force a reboot. Should clear that up for you.
  • Mike Loiterman Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I've restarted many times. I think my library may have some incorrect data. Sadly, the only way I can find to get rid of it is to totally rebuild my library which means totally wiping my iPhone and iPad data so it can sync to a new library. That's just way too much work to clean up a list of Podcasts.

    Apple, help!
  • Jamie 86 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Mike, not sure if you've still got this issue but this members post helped me with the same issue:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/15031417#15031417

     

    I had to use 'Genre' instead of 'Kind' as was posted by another member in that thread but it worked perfectly!