How To Better Manage Your iPod/iPhone PodcastsPosted August 17th, 2008 in Technology
Tags: Apple, How To, iPhone, iTunes, Technology
I like to use my iPhone for viewing podcasts. However, managing them through iTunes leaves much to be desired because some podcasts I like to view and then trash them, while others I like to archive and have synced at all times. iTunes does not have an obvious way to set this up.
First, click on your device. Then go to the Podcasts tab. Sync all unplayed episodes of selected podcasts and check only those podcasts you don’t want to sync permanently.
Now for those podcasts you want to sync permanently things get a little complicated because you also want to automatically include any new podcasts when iTunes downloads them. To accomplish this you need to setup a Smart Playlist. So create a new Smart Playlist. For the first rule, set “Podcast is true”. For the second rule, set “Album contains” and then type in the name of the podcast that is in the album field. This field isn’t on by default so you may want to adjust the View Options so that field is visible. Make sure Live updating is checked (default). Once you have your Smart Playlist set up, I recommend you rename it to the podcast name. Also view the playlist to confirm the Smart List matches the correct podcasts and sort the playlist the way you want. The iPod/iPhone will keep this sort order.
Once you have all your Smart Playlists setup, click your device again and go to the Music tab. Check Sync music and Selected playlists. Then check off the playlists you want to sync including the Smart Playlists you created for your podcasts. That should do it. Hopefully, this will improve the way you manage your podcasts.