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Bookmark podcasts on iPhone for quick downloads iOS devices
I do a lot of podcast listening and I hate the long sync times in iTunes to get the freshest content on my iPhone. As a result, I do most of my podcast downloading directly on my iPhone. When you have old episodes in your Podcast section, you can touch the Get More Episodes button to get thrown to the iTunes app and download a new one.

But if you always delete shows when you're done (to save precious space), the quick link is gone -- instead, you have to type the relevant podcast name into the iTunes app's Search bar. What a pain! So here's a way to make podcast links list in Mobile Safari that toss you right to the show's page in iTunes:
  1. Go to iTunes on your Mac/PC, look up the podcast you want to bookmark in the store.
  2. Right next to the Subscribe button is a down arrow; click that and choose Copy Link.
  3. Paste this link into an email addressed to the account you access on your iPhone (or any other method for getting text snippets from your computer to your iPhone). Send a bunch of links in one email and save time.
  4. Open the email on your iPhone. A long press on the link pops up the option to copy it.
  5. Open Mobile Safari and bookmark whatever page is showing. (It doesn't matter what it is; we end up editing it anyway.)
  6. Go to the Bookmark menu, find the bookmark you just made, and tap Edit. Change the name to the name of the podcast, clear the old URL, and paste the link in the URL field.
That's it! That link will now take you straight to the iTunes app to download the newest podcast without searching or retyping.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, but if you're willing to sync one time, it seems you could simplify it by bookmarking the podcast URLs on the Mac/PC version of Safari first, then syncing your iPhone (assuming you sync Safari bookmarks).]
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Bookmark podcasts on iPhone for quick downloads
Authored by: tomdar2 on Feb 24, '10 10:53:50AM

I do something similar, but use the Notes app instead of bookmarking them in mobile Safari. For me, replacing steps 3,4,5, & 6 would be:

3. Paste the link on a Notes page.



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Bookmark podcasts on iPhone for quick downloads
Authored by: clarkbar6 on Feb 24, '10 12:04:22PM

Yeah pasting into notes works too. I just dont have the notes app anywhere near my front page.

and about the sync comment mentioned at the bottom of the original post, i havent found a way to to sync only selected bookmarks, and i certainly dont want all of my giant hodgepodge of bookmarks from my mac on my iphone



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Bookmark podcasts on iPhone for quick downloads
Authored by: u2mr2os2 on Feb 25, '10 06:52:42AM

Works fine when the podcast has a new style iTunes page. Not all podcasts have them yet. In that case, they don't have the triangle. So, you go to the rightmost element in the breadcrumb link trail at the top of the page, right-click on that and select "copy link".



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Bookmark podcasts on iPhone for quick downloads
Authored by: Puppo on Mar 02, '10 04:10:20PM

I put an recurring event in my ical with the URL in the "Notes" field (For some reason the URL field doesn't sync with the iPhone, but the link in the "Notes" field works just fine, jumps straight to iTunes, without the pause in Safari...). That way I'm reminded to download the podcast...



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