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iPod update totally changed podcasting interface... Worse!

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Dropped in the new iPod update on my Mini today and was shocked at how bad it was! Now... I don't want to give up hope on the Apple programmers this quickly... surely something is just wrong on my iPod?

 

Basically, I was used to having a lovely Podcast playlist, had them all in there, I could hit play on the first one and it'd play straight through all of them.

 

The way I kept track of things was simply to set the "My Rating" of a podcast to "one star" if I listened to it and wanted to delete it, two if it was worth keeping, etc.

 

Well now, after the update, I've got the Podcast category and no more playlist. Open the category and it lists out each separate podcast. At the end of each individual podcast it stops playing and returns to the menu. If I hit "next" it returns to the menu. What is going on here? Also, while playing, tapping "set" shows the shownotes (nice addition) BUT I now don't have the ability to change the "my rating" either!

 

I'm really hoping for good answers here, otherwise I'm going to switch back to an ipodder application so I can get my control of Podcasts back.

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Dan,

 

You are correct that the interface has changed. However, you might still be able to accomplish your goals via other methods.

 

For example, iTunes 4.9 allows you to setup podcast preferences, such that when a podcast plays through completely, it can automatically be deleted. Thus, you can accomplish your former tasks this as follows:

 

Old method:

Revised method (assuming podcast settings are set to delete once the podcast has been played in its entirety):

 

I'm sure there are other setting+habit combinations that might meet your needs, this was just one suggestion.

 

Good luck!

Steve

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Seems weird that they still have the "My Ratings" in iTunes, but there is no way to set a rating from the iPod? Also, with the old firmware, I could adjust the playback speed of a podcast the same as for an audio book, right? That's gone too.

 

Also seems *really* weird that you can't hit play and just listen to all the podcasts on the iPod, that between each and every podcast I have to navigate back to the podcast section and select a specific show to listen to. Stopping playback at the end of each show is... well... not smart *grin*

 

I'll wait another day to see if anyone has ideas, I can't imagine this is normal podcast playback behavior... suppose I'll just roll back to the previous firmware update and get it back as it was before.

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You can't set a rating? I know for songs you just hit the center button a few times, until you get the five dots across the screen, and then scroll to rate however many stars. I was pretty sure this was the same for Podcasts, but maybe I'm mistaken...

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I could adjust the playback speed of a podcast the same as for an audio book, right? That's gone too.

 

I was only able to do that if I converted the .m4a file to an .m4b. Then, the file would show up in the Audiobooks folder on the iPod.

 

When I want to hear podcasts back-to-back, I add them to my "On the Go" playlist by holding the center button on the podcast title. Note: This causes a copy to get placed in the main library, as well as in the podcast library. Thus, make sure you delete both files when you want to get rid of that particular podcast file.

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