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Lee Winder Level 1 (0 points)

I recently downloaded a number of podcasts directly from the iTunes Store on my iPhone rather than downloading them on my Mac and sync'ing them to my phone.  About half way through downloading them (it was taking forever) I changed my mind, cancelled the downloads and did it on my Mac to sync later.


But I am now unable to delete the podcasts I partially downloaded directly on my phone.


All the podcasts have an icon I haven't seen before next to them (the square in a circle present on the second podcast in the list)!/lee_winder/status/163894979054407680/photo/1


Swiping the podcast (left to right) doesn't bring up the [delete] option like it does on podcasts I've manually synced.  Pressing this icon does nothing (it doesn't even highlight).  I thought it might be due to the podcasts not being fully downloaded (why that would disable deleting them I don't know) but I've listened from start to finish on a couple of them and still the icon is there and still I can't delete it.


I've tried unsyncing all my podcasts, restarting my iPhone, re-syncing all podcasts etc, and I simply cannot delete these podcasts of my phone.  I've downloaded the same episodes on my Mac and sync'd them to my phone and instead of replacing the ones on there, I end up with two copies of the same podcast.


Any ideas?

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.0.1
  • HGWade Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey bro, I had the same issue and found a neat way of fixing it:


    Go to > Settings > General > Usage (wait for apps to load) > Music (which should be right at the top) > This will show all of your podcasts. Now swipe from left to right across the podcast you want to delete, then touch the red delete button, and it will be gone.


    BTW, not my answer but I found it online. It seems this is an issue that the folks at Apple may need to address, as a bunch of the podcasts have been acting up recently.


    Cheers, hope it helps!

  • Lee Winder Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the suggestion but unfortunatly it didn't work. 


    If I go to Music usage when all manually sync'd podcasts have been removed (so only these broken ones are on my phone) no podcasts show up.  If I sync some podcasts over they are listed correctly under usage, but deleting the offending titles simply removes the ones I sync'd but leaves the broken ones.

  • ggaveras Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the exact same problem and cannot seem to find the answer.  It's driving me bananas.  I have tried unsubscribing from that particular one and syncing.  I have "unsynced" all podcasts and resynced.  I have tried to redownload the particular episode but when I go to iTunes, it is listed as already downloaded and I can't.  Any other ideas would be appreciated.

  • JDBenjamin Level 1 (0 points)

    I am also in the same situation. I downloaded iExplorer and tried to delete the offending files manually, but to no avail. I don't want to have to perform a factory restore, but this is enough of a problem that I'm not seeing a lot of other options.

  • R1kid07 Level 1 (0 points)

    i am having the same issue, i am restoring the device and hopefully that will remove it

  • lordeagle Level 1 (0 points)

    Exact same problem. Settings / General / Usage /... will get rid of the good files (the ones for which I can swipe to delete) but not the bad/partial ones with the stop/loading icon on them.


    Any luck?

  • jujaro Level 1 (0 points)

    This worked for me.


    Go to the Itunes app in your Iphone. Go to more....  Go to downloads. The ofending partially downloaded podcasts must be there, swipe across them to delete.

  • jo phoa Level 1 (5 points)

    I have the same problem, but the partilly downloaded podcasts do not show up in the itunes app in iphone.

  • b1sm Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately the only way I've found to remove them off your iPhone is to erase all content and settings and restore the iPhone completely from backup.

  • AgentV Level 1 (0 points)

    I also had this problem on iPhone 4 with iOS5. All I has to do was go to iTunes>Downloads and swipe to delete. After a short delay they then disappeared from the podcasts area in the music app.

  • Civil.Mass Level 1 (0 points)

    I was in this situation ....

    here is the solution i tried and it works I hope it can do what you want...


    if u still have this video in >iTune on your phone just open and tab> download button then >swipe on the lable from left to right then u will find the >Delete button

  • straightline3 Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you jujaro!  your solution of: iTunes app --> More --> Downloads --> and then swipe to delete is the only solution that finally worked for me

  • diskostu_muc Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the same issue. I tried to download a podcast from the iTunes store (on the phone), then it took forever and I canceled it. The download does not show up under iTunes -> More -> Downloads. The partially downloaded podcast however is in the iPod app, but I'm not able to delete it with a swipe. When I try to play it, it says "Playback failed. For playback, connect to a WiFi network". Deleting via Settings > General > Usage > Music only deleted the "good" ones.


    iPhone 4, iOS 5.0.1

  • JuergenWest Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same issues, none of the above described methods have worked for me, what is Apple's response? (besides restore, that is simply rediculous)


    You can even see where the podcast in question eventually did download but it didn't replace the failed one. Clicking on the failed one activates a stream of it, that's what that icon on the right is, the stream progress. Allowing the stream to fully play doesn't rid it either.



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