How to subscribe Podcasts on iPad?

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  1. stooney

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    Hi everybody,

    I recently got my first Apple product ever, an iPad 2.

    Generally i am very happy with it, one thing bugs me though:

    Way before it was delivered I already had iTunes installed and were browsing through Apps and Podcasts.
    I also subscribed to some (Video-)Podcasts and downloaded a couple of Videos directly to iTunes.

    When my iPad finally arrived, I synched with iTunes and everything was fine, all videos got transfered etc.
    But it seems that new episodes of subscribed podcasts are only downloaded automatically in iTunes, NOT on the iPad.

    Even more, subscribed Podcasts with no current episodes are not even shown on the iPad?

    The next time I start iTunes it will automatically download all new episodes and sync them perfectly to the iPad.

    But how can I get new episodes of ALL subscribed podcasts directly and most of all automatically directly to my iPad ?

    Might be a noob-question, but I checked all the settings already and could not find anything ...

    Thanks!

    stooney
     
  2. Jeeper

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    I haven't played with pod casts much, but I think if you open your iTunes app you should be able to select podcasts from the bottom of the screen. You probably need a good wifi connection to download them though.
     
  3. stooney

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    Please read my question again, in iTunes, everything works fine anyway...
     
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    You are misunderstanding. There is an iTunes APP on your iPad. You can also download podcasts from this directly on your iPad. You CANNOT subscribe directly on the iPad AFAIK, so you either need to use the sync with your desktop method or download them manually on the iPad. OK?
     
  5. stooney

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    OK, seems like I really misunderstood before. And from your reply I guess it's just not possible to do that automatically like I wanted to.
    A pity really, why does this work in the iTunes Software but not on the iPad ...
     
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    Yes, you'll discover that Apple likes to maintain the iPads reliance on desktop iTunes wherever possible when it comes to media content...
     
  7. DefBref

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    Good find DefBref. The app does allow you to manage podcasts much more comprehensively than the iTunes app on the iPad, however they are completely separated (so the podcasts never show in the iPod app) because of Apple's sandboxing.
    So it is still a compromise. Maybe in iOS5 we'll be able to do it in the native iPod app!
     
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    Just plug the thing into your computer once a day and it will sync em up.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
  10. stooney

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    Wow, this really sounds like just what I wanted, thank you !
    I still don't understand what goes on in Steve Job's mind (but then again who does ...)

    It makes wayyyy more sense to subscribe and download podcasts on the iPad, because *this is where iwatch them!!!*
    It would be totally acceptable if I had to initiate the actual download of episodes manually (just like App-Updates)

    But the fact that subscribed podcasts are completely removed from the iPad if they do not contain at least one episode is totally unacceptable.
    Hope that App does the trick ....

    Thanks again!

    @Toochief: are you the resident troll here?
     

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