Apple has also simplified things elsewhere, noting that i Tunes U content is now included in the Podcasts section of the app, and internet radio stations are in the music library sidebar. Second, cutting out the App Store should make bringing i Tunes to the Windows Store a much easier task.
Podcasts are great for entertainment and learning, but let’s face it, the new i OS Podcasts app is not so great for many users.
Today, Apple quietly released i Tunes version 12.7 for both Windows and mac OS, and the most immediate change is that it no longer contains any options for syncing apps or ringtones to your i Phone, i Pad, or i Pod touch.
“If you previously used i Tunes to sync apps or ringtones on your i OS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on i OS to redownload them without your Mac,” Apple tells users in the update prompt.
Auto-downloaded episodes can be removed from the app by tapping on the blue icon from right side, scroll down and tap on Remove Download.
You can also delete multiple episodes at once by tapping on ‘Edit‘ under the podcasts channel and marking the episodes and deleting them.
I just avoid it and use *Genre contains/does not contain Podcast and that seems to work just fine for me in most cases. If the only way it knows to change out a song is when one of the intermediaries does so, and that intermediary playlist isn't on the ipod, then it will not change your ipod's smart playlist 'till itunes boots up again.
Because of this issue, I avoid the Podcast and Playlist rules entirely now, and while I use the Album Rating rule I do so knowing that the playlist it creates won't live update on the i Pod and will only get updated when I sync back to i Tunes. Album rating may be calculated by itunes and not the ipod (since itunes has the whole album and maybe your ipod doesn't?
If not, you’ll have to enable Auto downloads for the particular subscription from within the Podcasts app. As you can see, this is great if you’ve got a few channels that you listen to.
However, in case you’ve got podcasts channels where you listen to the episodes rarely / infrequently, it doesn’t make sense to auto-download the episodes (which eats up a lot of space).