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    I have some podcasts on my iPhone 4 that I would like to transfer to my iPad 2. I know it can be done using iTunes but I can't see how. I find iTunes very difficult and have had some bad experiences with it so I'd appreciate some detailed suggestions. Thanks in advance...
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    I don't know of any way to do it except through iTunes.

    If you set up podcast syncing in iTunes for the iPhone, then podcasts you downloaded on the iPhone will be copied to iTunes. If they are not, you can use the Transfer Purchases option (right click on the iPhone under the Devices list in the right column).

    Set up podcast syncing for the iPad as well. Then select the podcasts you want copied to the iPad to sync.

    If you need more detail than that, let me know.

    Since podcast are free I handle then in two way. Short ones (most audio) I download directly to the device, even if I have to do it twice. Long podcasts, like videos, I download using iTunes on the computer, then sync to the devices I want.

    I've never had a reason to go from device to device, though I did do a quick test to make sure it worked before making this post.
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    Thank you. I wasn't hoping to find an alternative to iTunes, just instructions so that I can avoid the trouble, some of it quite disastrous, with iTunes that I had before. Once bitten. twice shy, as they say. One problem is that the iPhone and iPad are my first Apple products, and iTunes just feels so unlike other software I use regularly. Intuitive it is not.

    I already have all the podcasts in iTunes, there is even some duplication I see. The reason I don't want to download them again is that I can't. There are never more than ten of them up at a time. They delete the oldest when a new one is added, and they do that about once a month. I have four years of them (49 tracks).

    So how do I control the DIRECTION of the sync? It always seems to want to go from device to iTunes, not the other way around, which is what I want there...

    Appreciate the feedback,

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    As long as you have not selected any podcasts to sync to the iPad/iPhone, they will not sync from iTunes to the device. Syncing back to iTunes appears to be automatic. I did nothing to make this happen.

    The podcast I synced back to iTunes for the iPhone did not automatically set itself up to sync to the iPad. I had to select it in the settings to make it happen. There are a multitude of options for syncing podcasts to the devices. Everything from automatically syncing some number of newest, oldest, unwatched, to manually selecting the individual tracks. You'll just have to choose what you like.

    I recommend try syncing a small number a few different ways to seeing how it works, then pick what you like best and run with it.

    If you run into any notices about removing content you'd just as soon keep, back off and let me know. We'll get that straightened out.
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    Thanks, but I have never found any such choices/settings for podcast syncs, where are they? I HAVE looked. And I assume I should make them only when the iPad is connected and restore the previous setting as soon as the transfer has been made.

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    When the iPad is connected and selected in iTunes (under the Devices list) you will see several choices at the to of the screen. Podcasts is the one you want. The others control syncing for things like Apps, Music, TV shows, etc.

    If you change the settings after you've done the sync, then the next time you sync the podcasts will be removed. Just set it the way you want, and leave it.
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    Just to let you know that I managed to transfer all my podcasts to my iPad. Thanks for the assist.

    I have become very wary of sync using iTunes because I first set it up for my iPhone 3G, upgraded to an iPhone 4, then my wife got one, and most recently I got an iPad 2. My first disaster was with the 3G, when an upgrade failed and I lost a month of data entered since the last backup. Most recently I found that sync was trying to download ALL the content of my iPhone 4 to my wife's... Including apps that I had purchased and should not have been usable on hers--unless, of course, apps are like music tracks and are usuable by members of the family. But surely that isn't so?

    I have UNchecked sync, including of course "sync immediately upon connection to iTunes" and now try to select just what I want synced. Not simple.

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    Glad you got it sorted out. Thanks for letting us know.

    As long as your devices are all set up with the same iTunes account you can share apps. Not only does it work, but Apple's EULA specifically allows for sharing this way with family.

    When you have multiple devices with different iTunes accounts you are better off syncing them to seperate iTunes libraries. You can do that by setting up other users on the computer, and use those logons when syncing.

    If you are tring to mix and match, share music, not share apps, etc. Things get complicated.
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    Wish I had known that before my wife got her iPhone. Now she has acquired her own Apple ID, does this mean she cannot sign on with MY ID and password on her phone? I have been collecting apps for a couple of years and have most of what she wants already.

    She doesn't share my interests in music at all, so I guess we are in that "complicated" situation you mentioned, where the accounts and syncs are different but some of them overlap.

    Would be grateful to have the app usability issue cleared up and for any any advice you can give on keeping things straight in iTunes. For instance I am not sure what you mean about setting up other users on the computer (a notebook PC running Windows XP).

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    She can sign on to your account with the iPhone (individually in the App Store, iBooks, and iTunes), and the apps will work fine. If she has apps from both accounts she will need to sign into the account it was purchased with to update it. You can do the same with your iPad if shee has an app tou want. You'll also have to do this in iTunes on the computer if you update from there. This is part of what I meant by complicated.

    Extra info. Most iPhone apps will run on the iPad, though the will be emulated (small in middle of screen, or pixle doubled). Some apps are universal and run well on both devices. These have a plus mark next to the price in the App Store.

    If you have not bought any media on her account ( music, books, TV shows) I would keep it that way. If you have not bought any apps, even better. Just because you have the Apple ID doesn't mean you have to use it with the phone. It is not linked to the hardware.
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    Thank you, that was very helpful. The iPhone is so new to her and so different from the Japanese mobile phone she was using that I have been setting things up for her. I have only installed a couple of apps (both free) on her phone as she is still struggling with the basics of email and SMS etc., so I think I will go in and delete them to start all over again. Then she can look over my shoulder to see which apps she likes the look of.

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    Problem: when I attempt to install an app my wife's iPhone email address comes up as her Apple ID and I can't find any way to change this. Help! She only had two apps installed but they are both very useful. One is a localized weather service and the other is an emergency earthquake warning service. No one here in Japan wants to be without the latter!

    So I am reinstalling with her ID until you tell me how I can get my apps onto her phone. Could it be as easy as selecting the apps in iTunes and then syncing? Nah, surely not... (grin)

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    On the iPhone, at the bottom of the App Store's Featured screen you will see her Apple ID. Tap and sign out. Once you are signed out tap the button again to sign in with your Apple ID. You should then be able to purchase and download apps using your account. That means using your password to confirm the downloads also.

    You need to do this for all three of the stores seperately, App Store, iTunes and iBooks (if you have it).
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    Thanks. Where is the sign-in/out in Apple store and iTunes? I have beeN able to sign on with either Apple ID thanks to tour instructions. All I need is these two final locations.

    TIA,

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    Ooops. Sorry, I meant iBooks and iTunes of course. I gave already signed in and out in the Apple store.

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    In the same plece in the respective apps. ITunes does not have a Featured page, so use the Music one. The iBooks Store is located inside the iBooks app. When you are in library view there will be a Store button at the top. Again, go to the bottom of the Featured page.
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    Ah! So I watch out for the display of the Apple ID, which comes at the bottom of one certain page, and can click on it to sign in and out. This is one if those "easy when you know how" which are NOT intuitive. Like clicking on START to close down Windows. (!)

    Thanks muchly!
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    Lol. Glad to help.

    It actually shows up on more than one page in each app, but not all of them. It was just easier to tell you to go to a specific page than enumerate all the possibilities. Lazy person that I am, I'm always looking for easy.
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    You could say "Try clicking on the Apple ID that you will find at the very bottom of some pages in the App store and iTunes/iBooks. This will usually allow you to sign out and then back in again using a different ID." I suggest this as I used to write user manuals and I share your laziness. (grin)
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    Hmm, I'll take you up on that. It is sure to crop up again. :)

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