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iTunes 11: Change music files to podcasts Apps
After upgrading to iTunes 11, I found it was impossible to change added files from music to podcasts.

A couple of podcasts I listen to that have subscriptions, but only one of them automatically downloads to iTunes. The other one requires me to go to the website, log in, and manually download the file.

What I then used to do was add it to iTunes by double-clicking it, then I'd stop the playback and get info on the track. I would add the show's info (which was missing), and then set it to remember playback position, skip when shuffling, and set its Media Type to Podcast. Since the Artist and Album matched the other files for that podcast, it would end up in that folder, and behave like any other podcast.

With iTunes 11, I can no longer change the file's type to Podcast. It always reverts to music. I can make it an audiobook, or any other type of media, but not a podcast.

This was annoying to say the least. So I went looking for a way to do this, and found a small free app called Typecast from Red Sweater Software.

With Typecast, you drop the mp3 file onto the app's window, enter the name of the podcast, and it sets the Media Type to podcast, and adds it to iTunes. It makes a new podcast for each file you add, even though they are the same podcast, but it shows up under the main list on my iPod, and that's what I wanted.

I don't know if this is an iTunes bug, but this is a workaround.

[kirkmc adds: Yes, it's a bug, and I assume that it will be fixed in the next update, but in the meantime, I think a lot of people will benefit from this hint.]
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iTunes 11: Change music files to podcasts
Authored by: sabberworm on Dec 06, '12 07:53:55AM

I, too, have been bitten by this. Annoying as hell.
Iíve been using AtomicParsley to set the podcast flag to true (which, I guess, is what Typecast is doing) but it re-adding the file later on, while correctly filing under podcasts now, loses the publish date, however. Iíve not found a workaround for this yet.



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iTunes 11: Change music files to podcasts
Authored by: raphaeladidas on Dec 06, '12 08:57:53AM

Oh, man, thanks for this. This may be the hint most useful to me hint that I've seen in years of following this site.



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iTunes 11: Change music files to podcasts
Authored by: dtmp on Dec 06, '12 01:16:03PM

thanks, the pain of early adoption! Bites me every time!



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iTunes 11: Change music files to podcasts
Authored by: jkbr on Dec 09, '12 11:55:52PM
You can also use Podcats.

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iTunes 11: Change music files to podcasts
Authored by: pdurrant on Dec 14, '12 02:04:07AM

This bug has been fixed in the 11.0.1 update.



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