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I use iCloud to sync my podcast subscriptions across multiple devices (Macs, iPhone, Apple TV), and generally, it works: All my feeds and stations appear on all the devices. Also, the play position syncs flawlessly. What doesn't seem to work is the synchronisation of the played/unplayed status*: No matter on which device I play an episode, it never gets marked as played on any other device. It doesn't matter whether I acually play an episode to the end, or just mark it as played by option-clicking the item and selecting Mark as Played.

I'm pretty sure this is a (massive) bug (I've filed a radar, too), but I'd like to know whether (1) everybody has the same problem, and (2), you have found workarounds. I for one use home sharing from my Apple TV and sync manually via USB to my iPhone, but I have to update the played/watched status manually on my Macs.

*Note: For video podcasts, this is the watched/unwatched status, which has the same issue.

  • Btw, syncing between Macs has improved a lot and works most of the time. The iOS Podcasts app is still doing crazy things. – hagi Aug 8 '14 at 7:51

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