ipad2 & itunes library - basic question
so i'm embarrassed i have to ask this but after much google searching and playing around, i simply can't figure this out.
i have an itunes library mostly of ripped cd's, not purchased through the itunes store. the library also contains a large number of podcasts which i did download through subscriptions on the itunes store.
i have a couple of ipod's and more recently bought my wife an ipad. i've manually synced some of the podcasts over to her ipad so she can listen to them when she travels. the problem is although i can sync them, i cannot figure out how to play them.
whenever i open itunes on the ipad, i can only navigate to the store. if i click on "podcasts" i get the store, if i click on music, the same thing. the only things i can access are songs I purchased through the store.
even if i re-download the podcasts to the ipad through the store, i see them on the download screen while they are coming down but am unable to figure out how to navigate and play them.
i suspect there is something embarrassingly obvious that i'm missing but i've spent far too much time trying to sort this out.
any help would be appreciated.