After c. 5 years, I 'upgraded' from a 3g touch to a 5g model. I soon noticed that the list of podcasts shown on the iPod was getting longer and longer. There were at least 3 copies of each podcast source in the list.

I'm on iOS 8.4.1 and I just deleted all the podcasts from the iPod and then also from my iTunes and resubscribed to the podcasts I regularly hear.

It's only been a few days but the iPod now shows 2 copies of each subscribed podcast.

Is there anyone who can explain to a simple software engineer what I might be doing wrong? After all I'm not new to the iPod but I cannot figure out what's going wrong here.

  • What version of iOS are you running? That establishes the version of the podcast app for us.
    – bmike
    Sep 7, 2015 at 11:38
  • @bmike - don't have it with me at the moment. I bought it about 3 weeks ago and updated the OS almost immediately. I'll add the exact version nr this evening...
    – paul
    Sep 7, 2015 at 11:51
  • @Mark if you reproduced this on iOS 8 please flag as a duplicate.
    – bmike
    Sep 7, 2015 at 12:03
  • @bmike I can't close as dup as there is no accepted answer (and I should not answer due to NDA and the probabilty of it changing before release)
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 7, 2015 at 13:49
  • @Mark - you seem like you're in the know. How do you work around this issue? I only really use the iPod for podcasts and the current handling sucks. Do I have to remove all podcasts from the device before syncing? :-/
    – paul
    Sep 8, 2015 at 5:41

1 Answer 1


I had this issue with multiple copies podcasts on iOS 8.

The new version on iOS 9 seems to have fixed this if you also make sure the podcast is subscribed on both iOS and iTunes.

The alternative is downcast to old iOS which had podcasts as part of Music as that worked perfectly for me.

  • I took the upgrade to iOS 9 and the podcasts function much better than iOS 8. I'm not thrilled about the new layout etc but at least each podcast only appears once.
    – paul
    Oct 13, 2015 at 4:37
  • @paul - it has got worse for me now which is why I struckout the answer
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 13, 2015 at 9:06

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