I'm on macOS Catalina (10.15 Beta (19A471t)), and I'm trying to add manually downloaded podcasts that I copied from an iTunes library to the new Podcasts.app.

I tried to simply drag the files into the ~/Library/GroupContainers/243LU875E5.groups.com.apple.podcasts folder (- location of all the downloaded podcasts), but after that, the files still aren't appearing in the app.

I can see that the downloaded files in the mentioned podcasts folder have special file names (e.g. 7BE50452-8412-4232-B384-D9E1B94813ED.mp3).

Downloading again the files within the Podcasts.app, is not always a solution, As @Dillon pointed out in the comments.

Is there any solution for this issue?

  • Please see this question and answers regarding asking questions about Apple's beta software. You'll need to edit your question to include the relevant info regarding version/build and hardware type. – fsb Aug 5 '19 at 18:42
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    "I know that I can just download the files again within the Podcasts.app" Not always. Some of my favorite feeds limit the episodes in their feed, with older episodes for purchase. – Dillon Oct 17 '19 at 20:28
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    I have the same question. I have a pile of podcasts That I used to manually import into iTunes that I can't do the sale with Podcasts. A solution would be great! Going to the library location did not provide any help. – Jerry Delgado Oct 17 '19 at 23:09
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    @Dillon, Thanks for pointing that out - updated the question. – Shaya Ulman Oct 18 '19 at 8:59

From what I found there is no way to add an audio file into Podcast application: as of macOS Catalina, it supports only subscribing to RSS feeds. The only way built-in way to listen to the separate podcast episode is to find it via application search and add it separately.

However, I found out that you can listen to any audio files including MP3 the same way you did in Podcasts in Books application by adding them there via File -> Add to Library... and then syncing them to iPhone.

  • "to find it via application search and add it separately" - can you please explain what you mean?. Thanks for the tip with the books.app! – Shaya Ulman Oct 20 '19 at 11:59
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    I mean that you can find any existing podcast/episode in Podcasts app via search, and push a plus sign next to it to add it to your podcasts Library. You don't need to subscribe to the whole podcast in order to listen to a single episode of it. – Dmitry Verkhoturov Oct 20 '19 at 12:08
  • O.K, so you say that there is no way to manually add to the podcast.app an episode that is already on my computer (in some regular folder). – Shaya Ulman Oct 20 '19 at 12:12
  • Yes, that is correct. Books.app is the closest replacement we got for this problem. – Dmitry Verkhoturov Oct 20 '19 at 12:15
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    I couldn't find any proofs of things being another way around on the internet and I've checked everything I could in the Podcasts app. There might be some technical workaround to that (either generating your own feed locally or injecting podcast information in the application somehow, can't think of anything else), but I believe that using Books app is the far simpler answer to this problem. – Dmitry Verkhoturov Oct 20 '19 at 12:26

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