3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 11, 2013 9:19 AM by roaminggnome
garygladstone Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I use my iPods (two Nano 1G’s) only for listening to podcasts.


For me, iTunes is the one and only completely non-intuitive product that Apple makes. 


For four years now, I have been stumbling through the meaning of the synch podcast options. I am subscribed tio a whole bunch of podcasts. When I got lucky and managed to set things up appropriately, I succeeded in synching every few days which removed the listened-to podcasts and replaced them with un-listend-to podcasts from my Library.


Here’s the problem. I can’t remember the rules or sequences for setting this arrangement up. Everything went “South” after a series of recent “restores.”


I want to synch manually, and I have set my Summery settings to “manually manage music”


There are too many options for my simple understanding and I can’t seem to reonstruct what I had befor I did the Restores.


Is there a written set of rules for setting up a manual synch that explains ALL the options and what they actually do, including the complex selections in the “Automatically include x most recent unplayed episodes of selected or all podcasts?


Snippets of suggestions only confuse me because I can’t get my head around the underlying architecture of what’s happening. (A.D.D)


Is there a set of basic, step-by-step instructions that cover this area published or existing in a downloadable list that is specifically for this podcast-only usage.I cannot find one. 


Could someone kindly point me to a written breakdown and list of instructions for this simple (to everyone but me) task?


Many thanks




iPod nano, iOS 1.x, iTunes 10.6.1, Lion 10.7.4
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,315 points)

    Manually manage and syncing are two different things.


    You need to sync not manually manage to do what you want.

  • garygladstone Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks, but apparently I am conusing concepts because, as I said, I don't understand the architecture.


    Clearly, I am lost and I need to start from scratch.


    I don’t recall why my settings showed Manually Manage synch...I may have been trying to add a few extra podcasts to the mix for a trip.


    This is why I need a basic set of instructions from the start to set up a synch that will simply take out the old and replace with some new from the library.


    Does anybody know where the rules are for cold-start people like me? Is there a set of startup-from-scratch instructions on how to step-by-step set up a way to synch all my podcasts?



  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,315 points)

    Manaully manage sync is not a thing.  it is either manually manage or sync.


    Manually manage means that you drag and drop content.


    Sync means that you select your setting and then sync, transferring the content that you have selected.


    Open itunes, connect ipod, go to each tab ( music, podcasts for example), make the selections that you like.  Click the sync button