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When playing a podcast on my iPhone, can I view the names of the songs (or whatever show notes are embedded into the podcast metadata?

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There is a (non-obvious) way to see whatever information was provided by the person who made the podcast. Whether it lists the songs will depend on how much info they actually provided.

To see the info about a podcast, when listening to it, click on the main area of the display - as marked with a large red rectangle below:

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This takes you to a sort of detailed view:

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Clicking on the text description here takes you back to the first view (pictorial representation of the podcast).

One extra thing: Clicking on the little icon at top-right, that looks like a sort of list (shown in the small red rectangle in the first image above), takes you to the list of "episodes" that you have for this podcast, e.g.:

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Edit: What about viewing podcast info on iOS 5 iPad?

This info subsequently moved to @JasonSalaz's separate iPad question

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Which version of iOS are you using? – Jason Salaz Nov 4 '11 at 14:26
I'm using iOS 5 - NB the question is tagged with ios-5... – Clare Macrae Nov 4 '11 at 14:47
The music app on iOS 5 on an iPhone is very dramatically different than on an iPad. I don't believe I can do the same thing you've described here, which is very disappointing to me. I assumed (wrongly, I note) that all the changes the iPad version has, also made it to the iPhone. Talk about feeling left out in the cold. – Jason Salaz Nov 4 '11 at 15:06
@JasonSalaz I agree, but this question is about iPhone, not iPad - as you say, they are different beasts. Suggest you start a question about iPad instead (if one doesn't exist already) - and I'll add an iPad-based answer there... – Clare Macrae Nov 4 '11 at 15:43
You're one smart cookie :). – Jason Salaz Nov 4 '11 at 21:40

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