OK, now that I’ve been using iTunes 4.9 and a Color iPod for all of about 24 hours, I already have one significant gripe. In iTunes, and on the iPod, podcasts are now handled in a completely seperate part of the database from music. That means that if you shuffle through all of your songs, you’ll never run across a podcast. You have to specifically choose Podcasts in the source list, and then choose which one to play from there.
Nice, if you don’t want podcasts to clutter up your music. The downside? You can no longer add podcasts to any Playlist, Smart or otherwise.
I used to use a Smart Playlist called New Podcasts – a list that showed me everything with a Genre of “Podcast” (forced by my podcatcher, Doppler) and play count of 0. That gave me one list I could play through, and hear all podcasts that I hadn’t listened to yet. When I finished listening to one of them, the play count got incremented, and it disappeared from the Smart Playlist.
I haven’t been able to find any similar functionality for Podcasts in iTunes 4.9 or the new iPod. In fact, since podcasts are now in a completely seperate part of the database, I can’t even manually create a playlist. I have to manually scroll to and select each podcast episode individually. Bleh.
Anyone know of a way around this? Apple, if you’re listening, this would be a much appreciated improvement in future revisions of iTunes and the iPod software.