iOS6 and Podcast Playlists

With iOS6 has come a change in how Podcasts are handled. The standalone Podcasts app now handles e on-device updating, but then overrides the Music app stopping it from being able to see the Podcasts category. This also then removes any podcasts from your playlists,

You can switch back to using Music to handle the playback, but this does come at the expense of losing the on-device updating. You can then only update podcasts on Desktop iTunes.
This is less than idea, but until Apple fix playlisting in the Podcasts app itself (or allow podcasts to coexist in both apps like they could in iOS5), you have to choose between playlisting and on-device downloading.

  1. Delete the Podcasts app
  2. Stop the Music app
  3. Shut down and restart your iOS device

Podcasts are now once more in their own category in Music, and your playlists will have returned.

Hopefully Apple will returning playlisting functionalty to the Podcasts app so that podcasts can be both updated and playlisted from the device itself.

Information found from the Apple Discussions forum, and other sources. Verified as working on my iPad. Put in a place I can remember, so I can put the link out whenever I see people hitting this particular design oversight.

iPad Podcast Playlists

If, like me, you use playlists to keep on top of your podcasts you might experience a problem if you have moved to iOS5. I started to use playlists a few years back, as I can connect my iPod to my car radio but its menu doesn’t include podcasts. It does, however, include playlists. So I would queue them up in order and play them that way. It worked so well for me, I stuck with it for general use. So I just fire up the playlists whether in iTunes or on my iPod. Or my new iPad… until changing to iOS5.

iOS5, on the iPad anyway, has a shine new “Music” app that sorts and displays things totally differently.
It will put the contents of podcast playlists into the podcasts section (sorter by show, not in your order), but it won’t show the actual playlist anywhere. I found a workaround that works for me, though.

  1. Add a music track to the end of your podcast playlist
  2. Put the playlist into a folder
  3. Ensure the playlist is selected for syncing both under Music and Podcasts
  4. Re-sync your device (this might require turning it on and off first, it might not)

You will now find the playlist on the main page (i.e. under Music), under it’s folder. Order or tracks is preserved.