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Podcasts App - No sync with iTunes??

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luckman212 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 27, 2012 5:16 AM

New Podcasts App = great (thanks).  BUT...

I want the Podcasts that I've subscribed to in iTunes to appear automatically on any device (iPhone, iPad) that I have signed in under the same Apple ID.  I subscribe to about 28 podcasts and it is a real pain to have to manually add each of those to both my iPhone and my iPad — not to mention keeping all that in sync as I add or delete subscriptions over time.


Is anyone else having this problem?  Do you think Apple is working on a fix for this?  I've got the latest everything, iOS 5.1.1, iPhone 4S, iPad3, iTunes 10.6.3, iCloud.  No luck

Windows 7
  • ckuan Level 6 Level 6 (19,860 points)
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    Jun 27, 2012 5:46 AM (in response to luckman212)

    Did you try in computer iTunes with your iPhone connected and selected, Podcasts tab, check Sync Podcasts?

  • John Lau @ HK Calculating status...
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    Jun 27, 2012 7:52 AM (in response to luckman212)

    Exactly the same as my case, just download podcast app and all my podcast should correctly at podcast app, however after playback, won't sync to music app / itunes. I do love the UI but without sync read/unread status, no way to swtich to podcast app.

  • stephenward_ Calculating status...
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    Jun 27, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to luckman212)

    I have the same problem. After installing Podcasts I have a podcast in itunes on my imac, the same podcast in itunes on my iphone and now a 3rd copy in the Podcasts app and they are all independent of each other ie. they do not sync. Podcasts on my imac in itunes do not sync to the podcasts app, but do sync to itunes on my iphone.

    If I switch off podcast syncing in itunes on my imac it removes all podcasts from itunes on my iphone but not from Podcasts. Switching on syncing, puts them back to itunes on the iphone but not in Podcasts.


    I'm not sure if it's supposed to work this way. It's unclear to me from other posts on various other websites. If this behaviour is deliberate then I fail to see how Podcasts is useful for me. I listen mostly to podcasts on my desktop computer and sync to my iphone when I go out. I don't really see the point of managing podcasts solely on the iphone using Podcasts.

  • weo Calculating status...
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:38 AM (in response to luckman212)

    Same issue here. 


    Does it actually have 2 copies of podcasts.  Doesn't look like they share the same itunes library.

  • Mela1987 Calculating status...
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    Jun 29, 2012 12:33 PM (in response to luckman212)

    Ditto. Podcast app doesn't seem to share podcasts already in iTunes on iOS device and it doesn't sync listening location/listened status with iTunes. Not worth it to me. I'm sticking with iTunes syncing for now. It's a pain that my iOS devices must be local to my iTunes server to sync, but at least all the status stays accurate.


    Hopefully this changes with iOS 6 and the expected new version of iTunes. Right now it seems that the Podcast app is just one element of an ecosystem based on iCloud that's not fully baked yet.

  • Wet Jimmy Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 29, 2012 5:41 PM (in response to luckman212)

    Same scenario, same problem with playtime / progress in the Podcast App not syncing with the iTunes application and vice-versa.


    This has essentially broken podcasts for me - My usage habit is that I listen to a podcast on my phone to and from work, and then when I get home, sync my phone wiht my Mac and continue listening. 


    This no longer works, and it seems like such a SIMPLE oversight.  Very frustrating.

  • jakedeg Calculating status...
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    Jun 30, 2012 2:35 PM (in response to luckman212)

    This is such a bummer. Same thing here. The new app is pretty, and I am so greatful to finally have audio and video podcatss back in one place after Apple broke this functionality in the switch from iPod to Music in iOS 5, but the broken/missing syncing functionality is inexcusable. This is supposed to be the main strength of apple's closed ecosystem and verticality - they're supposed to be able to make it "just wok". Why doesn't it? Grrrr.

  • patmooney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 11:30 AM (in response to luckman212)

    The new app is really frustrating. iTunes, iPad and iPhone are now out of sync. Even podcasts I've listened to on my iPhone forget they have been listened to and reset. The UI is too dark making it rather impossible to use outdoors in bright light. It forgets your speed preference, meaning you've to reset every time. Its ruined podcasts for me. Apple please fix this.

  • carlosTK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 6:16 AM (in response to patmooney)

    There is another big omission in this app, playlists. I used to have nice smart playlists that would put a mix of some podcasts for my commute. With this new app I have to constantly open the app, find the podcast, find the epsode and suddenly find its over 50m I can't download because there is no wifi...


    And I coud not make it sync between iphone and ipad!


    Really frustrating.

  • Al in KC Calculating status...
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    Jul 2, 2012 5:33 PM (in response to Wet Jimmy)

    I ended up deleting the podcast app, then had to stop syncing podcasts to my phone, then start syncing again. Once they fix the syncing issue, I'll install again.

    Too bad, seems pretty obvious to me.

  • Georgios L Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 4, 2012 12:06 PM (in response to luckman212)

    And not only it doesn't sync but in the Music app if you tap once the screen it brings the podcast info. On the podcast app nothing LAME

  • BrianG88 Calculating status...
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    Aug 3, 2012 7:33 AM (in response to luckman212)

    I was having the same issue, and went through a a few tweaks of the Sync Podcasts settings within iTunes with some success.  After you have connected your on the device icon in itunes, select the Podcasts menu, select Automatically update and configure your settings per podcast or globally.  I personally pick up the most recent 3 or 5 unplayed.  Try the different settings to mix and match the content flow as you like it, or adjust it specifically for each podcast.


    In general, seemed to solve my immediate problem of new content not transfering over "automagically" on sync.

  • kmartinho Calculating status...
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    Aug 5, 2012 3:25 AM (in response to luckman212)

    Having the same issue...


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