I download multiple podcasts from one source, eg, five episodes of Naked Scientists. I want to listen to one only, but when the first finishes it automatically goes to the second, and third etc.

I want to listen to just one episode at a time and have the iPod Touch turn off when it is finished (this is a sleep-aid for my insomnia...I don't want it playing all night !)

A "Genius" suggested making playlists, but although you can make a podcast playlist, it does NOT sync.

  • thanks all - I'll try the next couple nights and report back to this page.
    – user2659
    Commented Jan 23, 2011 at 20:43

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With iOS 4, you can make a playlist directly on your device. Go to the Music app, then Playlists, then "Add Playlist...". Type in the name for the playlist, hit Save, and you're presented with a screen to add items to the playlist. Select "Podcasts" (by default, it's found under "More") and select the item you want to play. Tap "Done".

You're all set - just select the item from the playlist and only that item will play.

  • Kyle - thank you, thank you, thank you. Tried it and it works. Seems there is "always" a way to outsmart the machine. Go it to work for one, now I will make a little library and I see no reason why it won't work. Greatly appreciated. Ed
    – user2659
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 0:29

Use the On-The-Go playlist and add the one podcast episode to it. Works from at least iOS 3 or possibly before.

You don't event need to clear the existing playlist, because adding a track will add to the end, so just start from that track and it will stop at the end (unless you have repeat on).


You should be able to do this with a smart playlist. Set it up with the following rule: - Name is {the podcast's name}
- Plays is 0

Limit it to 1 item, selected by least recently added.

Check the "live updating" box.

This should give you a playlist with one track - the oldest unheard episode of the podcast.

I've used a variation on this and it is able to sync to my iPhone (once I selected it to be included in the sync).

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