Many years ago (like, pre-2017) I downloaded several dozen lectures (plain .mp3 files) and imported them all into iTunes. Then I changed the "Media Kind" for all of those files to "Podcast", which had a number of useful features for me, chief among them:
- I could configure iTunes to sync only unplayed "episodes" to my iPod
- My iPod would remember my playback position if I stopped in the middle (useful when listening to 90+ minute lectures!)
When iTunes was split into separate Music and Podcasts apps, those files seem to have become inaccessible via either app. To be clear: I can still see the files, located in the same directory they always were (/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Podcasts). But when running either the Music or Podcasts app in OS X 12.5 (Monterey), they are nowhere to be seen in those respective app's libraries.
- How do I get these files to show up in Podcasts? There doesn't seem to be a way to manually import already-downloaded files.
- Failing that, how can I change the Media Kind back to "Music" and re-import them into the Music app?