Compromise workaround (with issues): Switch 'media kind' from 'podcast' to 'music'.
This allows you to play podcast playlists from the Music app on your iOS device, but it makes for the following issues in iTunes on your computer:
- Podcasts may disappear from the Podcasts library and show up in the Music library, but not always. Some will show up in both places.
- The "Download" option in the right-click menu no longer appears and although the cloud/download icon still shows up it is not functional. These will work as expected if you switch back to 'podcast'.
- It becomes difficult to easily tell what media kind a podcast is. If you right-click on a podcast, those converted to 'music' will show "Song Info" instead of "Get Info." View>Show View Options lets you add a file kind column, but this is different than 'media kind'.
- If you select multiple podcasts with mixed 'media kind' you will not be able to use Get Info to edit the details. When you try you'll see this message
- Your selection contains more than one kind of media. All items must be the same kind in order to view or edit them together.
- Download the podcasts in iTunes
- Put the new podcasts in a temporary playlist (to ensure you don't have mixed 'media kind' attributes)
- Switch to the playlist, select all the podcasts, right-click, Get Info, Options tab, change 'media kind' to 'Music'
- Move podcasts to your podcast playlist
- Connect your iOS device to iTunes, click on it in the upper left, under "Settings" in the left pane click Music, make sure that either
- "Entire music library" is selected in the "Sync Music" section, or
- Click the checkbox next to your podcast playlists in the "Playlists" section
- Sync the iOS device
- On the iOS device open the Music app, tap Library in the lower left corner, choose Playlists, play
The workarounds mentioned in Podcast playlist not syncing no longer work for me.
- I'm using iTunes 12.7 on Windows and iOS 11.2.2.
- This leaves the 'genre' as Podcast so they will remain grouped in the Music library.