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vilennon Level 1 Level 1

I update to iTunes 11.1 (126), update my iPhone 4 to iOS7, synched my iPhone. iTunes began to load Podcasts onto the limited space of my iPhone until clicked "x" to stop. I had previously set my iPhone to be managed manually so that I can choose what to put in the limited space. I set iTunes to allow me to manually update my iPhone *again*, synched it and went on about my afternoon.


When I came back to iTunes I see that it has taken it upon itself to DELETE ALL OF MY PODCASTS! Everything is missing. All of my carefully cultivated selections are simply missing, not even retrievable from the Trash. Even if I had the patience to download and sort out the SEVERAL HUNDRED podcasts again I do not have unlimited bandwidth. I will have to repeat listen to hundreds of podcasts to determine which ones I've already heard. What will this do to the podcasters themselves when they wonder why loyal listeners are dropping off? Should I email each podcaster and say, "I can't take the time sort out your hundreds of episodes AGAIN, so I guess I'll just stop listening." ?


Honestly, how could anyone think this kind of faceless automation was a good thing? I have been an Apple user long enough to remember the phrase, "It's not a bug, it's a feature" but I don't know how you can fix this.

iTunes, Mac OS X (10.7.5), iPhone 4
Reply by Terrorsteel on Mar 17, 2014 12:15 PM Helpful

JWD88 wrote:


Dave:  There is no excuse for deleting files, ever. That is called malware ...

*starts chanting*




The LEAST you guys can frickin' do is have "Do Not Allow Delete" actually function to override the sync. But NOOOOOOOOOO..


6 versions of iTunes since 11.1 and you can't fix one of the most horrible bugs to EVER come into being on a Mac. Bad Apple!


*starts chanting again*








Okay. I'm done venting. ..For now.

Reply by turingtest2 on Mar 18, 2014 3:32 AM Helpful

As I've said before, I think the podcast deletion problem is a poorly thought out, and possibly unintended, consequence of using the option to "Sync podcast subscriptions and settings". A good backup is the only defense against this kind of error, but is also required because we can make our own mistakes, and all hard drives fail eventually.


As for the search issue, click the small magnifying glass in the search box and untick "Search Entire Library" to restore the old search behaviour.



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  • Peter Gøthgen Level 1 Level 1

    I just had the same thing happen.  I had to rescue over 10 GBs from my Time Capsule.  I added them back manually, then tried to re-sync.  iTunes proceded to delete the podcasts again.  I'm now keeping them separate until they release an update to fix this.


    Since the Music app in iOS 7 no longer supports podcasts, I now have to sync with the podcast app, which I have avoided for some time, since it won't display episode descriptions while playing, and has lousy support for paid podcasts (which most of mine are).  I was hoping to spend tonight exploring iOS 7.  Instead I'm spending it being aggravated.

  • Michael A. Brown Level 1 Level 1

    Yup, I had 150GB of podcasts vanish, too.  I have the Time Machine backup, but it's not really clear how I get my saved episodes back into iTunes...

  • Peter Gøthgen Level 1 Level 1

    Restore the files, then drag and drop them into iTunes.  This will copy them into the library.  I would keep the files separate, though, until the fix comes out

  • BrendanLead Level 1 Level 1

    I did this and itunes deleted them AGAIN

  • StoryMan Level 1 Level 1

    Same here.  iTunes 11.1 is unusable.

  • ElisaSD Level 1 Level 1

    Follow these instructions and you'll get your podcasts back:


  • ElisaSD Level 1 Level 1

    You haven't lost the podcasts--they're still on your computer.


    Follow these instructions (I did) and you'll get them all back:


  • StoryMan Level 1 Level 1

    I tried that.  I went to that folder and the podcasts were gone.  iTunes deleted the files.  I had to restore from Time Machine.

  • Rey Mo Level 4 Level 4

    ElisaSD, a lot of people have indeed lost their podcats when upgrading to 11.1. I lost all previous played episodes of my podcasts, but not the unplayed ones. They're no longer on my computer or even in the trash.

  • ElisaSD Level 1 Level 1

    A lot of people aren't following the directions about adding to the iTunes library.


    I too despaired when my podcasts all disappeared. Wiped out. Couldn't find them.


    I haven't seen anyone in any of these threads describe the process that the link I posted said to use.


    It realy does work--try it rather than telling me that what you did, didn't work.

  • PWolverine Level 1 Level 1

    Yes all my podcasts have been deleted, some of them aren't available to redownload on the itunes store too.. SOme are backed up, but the ones that aren't is there anythign that can be done?  This sort of bug really does stink.

  • David Besack Level 2 Level 2

    No, ElisaSD, it does not work.  This only adds back podcasts that were in your podcast folder inside your iTunes music folder.  For many of us, they are no longer on the Mac AT ALL.  As in they are completely obliterated from existence.  iTunes didn't simply remove them from the iTunes library, it removed them from the hard drive.


    Apple has been going downhill for some time now.  Every new version of iTunes is shittier than the last.  Time to abandon ship.

  • terrie22737 Level 1 Level 1

    Have you tried to play any of them? Mine showed back up, but when you go to play them it says that original file cannot be found. When you check the folder, it isn't there. I can't begin to tell you how upset I am about all this.


    I'm also having the problem of deleting the ones I already listened to that showed back up.


    What the heck is going on with this?!?!?!?! I'm beyond frustated. Losing the thumbnail option was bad enough. This is a nightmare!!!!!!

  • Francis Landaiche Level 1 Level 1

    ElissaSD, I'm afraid it's true that several people are losing the files completely. Doing a search for the files separately shows that they are gone from the drive. I've been hit with this as well, and right now my only recourse is to re-download the files (when they are available) and storing them on a separate system until a fix is produced for this.


    While many of these shows are available via "the cloud" that is not an acceptable solution if I wish to have local copies of the shows.



    Additionally, I did perform the steps in the article and did not find the desired solution. The files were no longer there.

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