Until about three or four days ago, I had no trouble listening to my podcasts. Now, however, whenever I click on the Music icon and then choose "Podcasts", it closes out and goes back to my home screen. I've tried doing a reset by holding down the power button and home button, but this did not help. I have the latest software version installed, iOS 5.1. I don't sync podcasts from my computer; I download them directly to my iPod over my wifi network. I downloaded a couple of new podcasts today, thinking perhaps the problem was that my old ones got deleted somehow. When the new podcasts were finished downloading, I still had the same problem, and I can't find the new podcasts.
Can anyone offer any suggestions?
Using the Windows link you provided, I was able to get iTunes to recognize my iPod (it turns out the Apple Mobile Device Service wasn't running). I still couldn't access the podcasts on my iPod at first, but then I clicked the "Sync" button in iTunes, and that somehow changed the menu configurations on the iPod back to what they were before and I was able to access my podcasts again. I didn't even need to do a restore!
I'm not really sure what the sync did, because it didn't sync over my podcasts from my computer, which is what I assumed it would do. I've been downloading podcasts via wifi directly onto the iPod. If I instead subscribed to the podcasts on my computer and then synced them to my iPod would it erase the podcasts that are already on the iPod the first time I sync? One more question: There isn't a way to subscribe to podcasts on the iPod so they automatically download to it, is there?
Thanks so much for your help!