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Play multiple podcasts automatically on the iPod Apps
I recently bought an FM transmitter for my 4G iPod Photo, and got excited because I could finally listen to some podcasts enroute to and from work. Usually I get a few days behind and listen to a handful at a time. But, frustration quickly set in because if I select a group of podcasts (e.g. The Onion Radio News) under the Podcast menu, only the currently selected one will play. When it's done, I'm returned to the top-level menu list, from where I have to manually navigate back to the Podcast directory and start the next podcast. This drives me nuts! And it's not exactly safe to be navigating around the iPod when I'm driving -- way worse than a cellphone in my book.

So, I've finally found out how to make the iPod play them sequentially, automatically. Here's how:
  1. In iTunes, expand the podcast of your choice by clicking on the arrow next to the title.
  2. Highlight all the podcasts you want to play together (Command-clicking to add individual items, or Shift-clicking to select a range).
  3. Do a Get Info (Command-I) and set 'Part of a Compilation' to 'Yes.'
  4. Sync your iPod.
  5. Make sure you've enabled compilations on the iPod (Settings > Compilations > On).
  6. Navigate to the podcast compilation (e.g. Music > Compilations > The Onion Radio News) and play.
Your podcasts should now play in sequential order, newest first, unless you have Random enabled. And you can now skip forward and backwards in the list, too!
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Great tip...but...
Authored by: GORDYmac on Feb 10, '06 07:01:05AM

...it's amazing that this has not been addressed yet via a firmware update. I mean, they can scrap the Menu/Backlight feature, but podcasts still can't play sequentially. [After talking to an AppleStore Genius, I understand the Menu/Backlight change, BTW.]

Any idea how to automate this, so that new editions are automatically added to the compilation?



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Great tip...but...
Authored by: iRob75 on Feb 10, '06 07:14:09AM

I ran into this problem too. Now all I do is create a smartplaylist that contains rules that only show up podcasts that have never been played and that have a rating of nothing. That way, once I'm in the middle of a podcast and no longer want to listen to it I can give it a rating above 0 and it will drop out of the smart playlist. The other effect is that the playlist will play all the way through.



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Great tip...but...
Authored by: wmertens on Feb 10, '06 09:33:04AM

What do you mean, the backlight/menu feature?

What I don't get is why you can't toggle the backlight as stay-on. I like it to time out after a few seconds, but sometimes I just want to have it on all the time, like when I'm in my car and it's in the cradle.

I'm curious what the reason might be that you understood :)

Thanks,

Wout.



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Great tip...but...
Authored by: GORDYmac on Feb 14, '06 12:00:51PM

Well, before the recent update, holding the MENU button would toggle the backlight on and off. Now, it snaps back to the Main menu.



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Use a smart playlist instead
Authored by: sjonke on Feb 10, '06 07:28:25AM

A smart playlist is much better solution. You can create one playlist with criteria of "is podcast" and "last played" is "not in the last" 999 months. But I prefer to create podcast specific smart playlists. So the same thing, but include as criteria the name of the podcast. Make as many smart playlists as you have podcasts. New episodes are automatically added to that podcasts smart playlist and they are removed after you have finished listening to them (note that if you want to skip a podcast, just scroll through it to the end via the clickwheel. I.e. press the center button, then scroll to the end and let go. It will be marked as played and thus be removed form the list.) It's a playlist, so after you listen to the first one it will go to the next, etc.

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Use a smart playlist instead
Authored by: Whosawhatsis on Feb 10, '06 02:37:58PM

I use a method similar to this on my 3G iPod because it doesn't have a podcasts menu.

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Play multiple podcasts automatically on the iPod
Authored by: eagle on Feb 10, '06 07:38:57AM

I use a smart playlist for this. My settings: "is podcast, and play count=0. Since iTunes also plays only one podcast at a time, I use that smart playlist in iTunes too. It makes it much easier to listen to my podcasts.



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Play multiple podcasts automatically on the iPod
Authored by: jasenko on Feb 10, '06 07:43:23AM

Why not just using On The Go, you can click and hold the name of the podcast and all of them will be added to on the go list. Doing it the way it was suggested here is too much work, for something so simple.



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Play multiple podcasts automatically on the iPod
Authored by: mike-c on Feb 10, '06 08:38:39AM

That's exactly what I do. It's my favorite use of On the Go playlists.



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Play multiple podcasts automatically on the iPod
Authored by: JackSloth on Feb 10, '06 10:49:37AM

You don't need to select all of the podcasts within the group. You can just select the podcast enclosing header and get info and make it part of a compilation. The caveat is that you must redo this everytime you download a new podcast in that subscription.



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Play multiple podcasts automatically on the iPod
Authored by: mpetit on Feb 10, '06 12:19:03PM

What about some Automator actions;-) If you want to use the "part of a compilation" solution...

1. Element: Get Select iTunes items
2. Element: Set Info of iTunes Songs: And here you set "Part of a compilation" to checked and choose "Yes".

So, first slect the podcasts enclosers or single ones and the run this script.



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...and another variation
Authored by: MacMuse26 on Feb 10, '06 08:44:49PM

Instead of using the normal Podcast menu to reach my shows, I drill down through Music -> genres -> podcast -> all -> select the "album" (podcast) and let it rip. No adjustments required, just a couple more clicks of the center button.



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...and another variation
Authored by: RAMd®d on Feb 12, '06 02:30:28PM

I like that idea.

Do the podcasts play oldest to newest? Some of these would make no sense when played newest first.



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Play multiple podcasts automatically on the iPod
Authored by: RAMd®d on Feb 12, '06 02:33:08PM

I'd prefer to have the sequential order start with the oldest podcasts firsts. Some 'casts are somewhat chronology dependent.



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changing playlist order
Authored by: sr105 on Feb 28, '06 10:26:12AM

The ipod orders them however they are ordered in iTunes. Just sort by "Release Date" on the "Podcasts" page in iTunes until it is sorted to oldest first. The iPod will mirror this ordering. BTW this works for playlists, too.



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