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Q: I have the new 3G iPod shuffle and am running iTunes 9. The iTunes window shows selected podcasts are on the playlist of the shuffle and that list changes as I update and sync but they won’t play. How do I get podcasts to play on the shuffle? The gurus at my closest Apple Store couldn’t seem to figure this out either.

- Tim

A: On the 3G iPod shuffle, podcasts are excluded from your normal music rotation on the assumption that you probably don’t want to listen to podcasts mixed in with your music. Instead, you need to specifically select either a playlist that you’ve set up containing your podcasts, or the general “Podcasts” category on the iPod shuffle by using the Voice Over controls for playlist selection.

To do this, simply hold down the main play/pause button on the headphone controls. You will first hear the name of the currently-playing track—keep holding the button down and the iPod shuffle will emit a short beep sound and start reading off the names of your playlists on the device. Once it has gone through the playlists, the next option should be “Podcasts.” At any point after hearing the name of the playlist you want to listen to, simply release and tap the button again to select that particular playlist, or the Podcasts category.

Note that there is no way to select a specific podcast to listen to on the iPod shuffle; the “Podcasts” category simply begins playing all of the podcasts that are loaded onto the device, although of course you can skip through the individual episodes using the headphone controls as you would for any other track. If you want to listen to a specific podcast, your best option is to create a playlist in iTunes for that podcast, and then select the specific playlist using the method above rather than choosing the general “Podcasts” category.

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why won’t Itunes recognize my ipod as plugged in when it is plugged in?

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on December 7, 2009 at 6:14 PM (CST)

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Dear Sirs,
I think my Ipod is a generation 4,30G, with the wheel and video. I had been able to play my lectures and audiobooks, etc seemlessly moving from one to the next just as my music playlists do. But since one of the updates installed I have not been able to do this. I have tried everything I could think of, but it plays one chapter then goes all the way back to music.  Please help, I’m going back to school in a few days and trying to hit the buttons while driving is very dangerous. Desparate.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on August 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM (CDT)

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