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I currently have iTunes set to sync all unplayed episodes of all podcasts to my iPhone. (I'm a bit behind - there are nearly 70 of them.) Today I downloaded Apple's new Podcasts app, and was pleased to find that it "picked up" the podcasts that were already on the iPhone. I have listened to a few podcasts today, and just now synced to my Mac (twice). I was disappointed to find that the podcasts I had listened to were not marked as played, either in iTunes on the Mac, or in the stock Music app, and therefore not removed from the phone.

I can't seem to find any settings for the Podcasts app - either in the app or in the Settings app - that might affect this behaviour. Is there anything I can do to make the Podcasts app update the played status in the Music app or in iTunes without manually marking them as played or scrubbing through them?

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I was as disappointed as you were to find that there's no apparent sync between Podcast subscriptions nor played/unplayed status back to the desktop iTunes, even when both accounts are signed in under the same AppleID and have iCloud enabled. I started a thread over on the Apple Support Forums about it, hope it gets some attention over there: – user24538 Jun 27 '12 at 12:18
@LessPop_MoreFizz thanks, I wanted to add that tag originally but I don't have enough rep over here.... – Jon Jul 2 '12 at 6:52
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I upgraded to iOS 6 yesterday, and it seems that this has been resolved itself, either through updates to iTunes or (or both).

When I sync with my Mac, the podcasts I had listened to in were correctly marked as played in iTunes. Yay!

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Did you sync over WiFI or USB? – Mark Nov 25 '12 at 12:38
Both, I've since deleted and gone back to the Music app because is (censored)... – Jon Nov 26 '12 at 0:17

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