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Podcasts in iTunes don’t sync to iPod video.

Posted by Vadim on September 10, 2007

I just spend about 20 minutes to figure out why podcasts in iTunes are not transferred to my iPod.  To fix the problem I had to do following steps.PodcastsSync

1. Connect the iPod.

2. Click on Podcasts tab.

3. Make sure that Sync checkbox is checked.


I spent about 20 minutes to figure out the problem and about 10 minutes typing this post.  I hope that it saves time for you.


40 Responses to “Podcasts in iTunes don’t sync to iPod video.”

  1. Judy Cole said

    I’ve been trying to figure out (since last night) why my iPod video isn’t syncing to any podcasts and movies in iTunes. Thanks to your post, I’m not tossng my iPod!

  2. Mary said

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post. I had to update my ipod and all of a sudden there were no podcasts on my ipod. You solved the problem.

  3. Michael said

    I’ve been trying to figure this one out… Thanks so much!

  4. Mary Kay said

    Thanks SO much!!! I was completed frustrated and tried everything! In my case, after I found the ipod tab, when I clicked ALL, it still didn’t sync. I had to check all the selected podcasts, and ony then did it sync. THANKS! THANKS! for the time you spent. So stupid that Apply doesn’t print a book on this stuff…..

  5. Alex said

    I Have subscribed to 7 video podcasts, and onlt 3 of them don’t sync on to my ipod can anyone help?

  6. Peter said

    Thanks! :) I was getting ptretty frustrated with it. All calm now.

  7. Marc said

    I have the same problem as Alex. I have many podcasts, all appear on itunes, all play on itunes, but some just don’t sync to my ipod. Why?

  8. Andrew said

    THANKS for taking the time to post. This one was a real mystery until I found your post.

  9. Hamish said

    Alex and Marc,
    I have been having the same problems. I figured out that the iTouch doesn’t seem to sync High Def ones, which may help you out. But lately my iTouch doesn’t sync some other ones.

  10. Mazzanoblue said

    This was a great hint – I got a new computer and moved iTunes to the new machine. This didn’t get checked in the migration and I experienced the same problem. Thanks for your time and effort.

  11. April said

    Thanks! I went to Apple’s website and it was confusing! Your visual aid is what really helped me! Thanks so much for taking the time to help the technically challenged!

  12. sm said

    Your effort is enormously appreciated. I have spent so much time figuring iTunes out, this one had me baffled. Your explanation was so simple and it opens up even more efficient use of my iPod.
    Thanks for your post.

  13. Vadim said

    I’m glad I was able to help you.

  14. yusef said

    how do u sync videos

  15. sven said

    Is it too late to say… thanks fot the tip! This has been driving me nuts for days – cheers!

  16. Jack said

    Another thanks… pure idiocy on Apple’s part. It only syncs on my nano when I change the setting to selected and put a check next to every podcast. When I had “all new” checked (the default) it would not sync them.

  17. Jason said

    Ironically, mine is syncning EVERYTHING EVERY TIME!!!

    I can’t get it to stop it, and I only want it following a couple of the podcasts I download.

    Everytime I connect it attempts to put them all on, regardless of if I have syncing enabled. If you have any ideas I would love to hear them, this is getting my incredibly annonyed.

  18. Joanna said

    Help! I just started to download podcasts and i converted them to work for my ipod but they will not go onto my ipod. i already checked the sync box. i tried to drag them to my ipod but itunes wouldn’t let me. i tried to add them to a music playlist but the playlist just didn’t show up on my iPod (i have an iPod video) please help me.

  19. S,kundra said

    THANKS! At least you only spent 20 mins, I spent more than 1 hr scratching my head. You da man!

  20. Fliss said

    Thanks…you saved me from spending another week of podcastless cycle commute to work.

  21. cory said

    ah yes, thanks. perfect.

  22. sketch2002 said

    For those who’ve got some working but not all. I found on my IPod video that podcasts were separate from videos. Might take a stab at that.

  23. Judith Gott said

    You absolute star! Thanks so much – this was driving me crazy!!

  24. Shaun said

    Thank you so much! But the instructions weren’t perfectly clear, so it took me a minute to figure out what the “podcast tab” was:

    Connect the iPod.
    On the left-hand side, select your iPod’s icon. Mine shows up as “Shaun’s iPod”.
    There are five tabs: Summary, Music, Podacts, iTunes, Contacts
    Select the podcasts tab, and check “sync podcasts”.
    There are some other options in here, where you can sync all unplayed, the last 10, etc. iTunes has come out with a lot of new options in their latest version.

  25. Anonymous said

    thank you. I love google, the internet and people like you who know stuff and post it.

  26. Darren Grady said

    Many thanks Vadim, this has been puzzling me for a couple of weeks now. Very helpful indeed and I have saved your webpage in my favourites should this occur again.
    Must go, got all my podcasts to catch up on!


  27. chris said

    thank you! you are a hero!!!

  28. Robin said

    THANK YOU! You made my day! They should make that common knowledge. :)

  29. Thanks a lot for this post. You saved me time! Appreciate the effort.

  30. Briant said

    Thanks for the post–that was driving me crazy.

  31. Melissa said

    Thank you so very much! :)

  32. Scott said

    Thanks for the tip. Could not figure why a software upgrade erased all my podcasts. But then I have never understood why software upgrades of Itunes added multiple copies of library items to my list. Sometimes up to 5 copies of one song. My 160GB Classic was full because of that. Had to delete duplicates to get it back down to 115GB. I think Apple does that to PC users to drive them crazy.

  33. Lynz said

    Thanks! I Could not figure it out. Very helpful post :)

  34. Thank you so much that was driving me crazy – i really appreciate you taking the time to share this info :) Kind regards fotographer

  35. Heather said

    Thank you!! I spent so much time trying to figure this out. I wish I would have found this BEFORE I got so frustrated!

  36. shelbieeeeee said


  37. psycho urmi said

    can you help .my itunes will sync all of my podcasts exept for 1 machinima podcast all are checked in the boxes was working fine untill last month … all help apprechiated cheers dave

    • Vadim said

      If you remove your machinima podcast and add it again, might help. It’s possible that the feed address changed and by removing and adding it again will resolve the issue.

  38. JKF said

    Thank you!

  39. Anonymous said

    Thanks Vadim!

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