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Delete a podcast that won't go away on iOS device Apps
I recently tried to download an episode of a podcast on my iPhone, but the download failed. Nevertheless, the podcast was listed on my iPhone, with one episode, but trying to play that episode did nothing. There was no way to delete it. When I deleted it from within the Podcasts app, it seemed to go away, but when I deleted the Podcasts app to use the Music app for listening to Podcasts, it was still there.

I tried turning off syncing of podcasts in iTunes, syncing, then turning it back on, but it was still there. There was no obvious way to delete this "phantom" podcast.

I finally tried going into Settings > General > Usage > Music, and saw the podcast listed in the Podcasts list. A swipe to the right on its name, a tap on the Delete button, and it was finally gone.
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Delete a podcast that won't go away on iOS device
Authored by: ars on Oct 09, '12 10:07:08AM

Thanks for posting this. I had such a phantom podcast for about a month now and could not get rid of it. Now it's gone.



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Delete a podcast that won't go away on iOS device
Authored by: ElmoFUD on Jan 23, '13 02:15:43PM

Thanks very much for this tip. It was driving me nuts and I never would have thought to use your technique. I didn't even know this setting was available.

It came about after I tried the new Podcasts app on my iPhone 4s under iOS 6. Not liking it, I deleted it and all my podcast subscriptions appeared again in the iOS Music app--along with a phantom podcast of a popular radio show. All of the description was there, but no content and no icon.



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