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03-25-2017, 10:02 AM
I am looking for the best app to listen/watch podcasts that works with and syncs between iOS and MacOS. I have been using Downcast on my iOS devices, but the MacOS version does not have good reviews. Are there any good third party apps or are people using iTunes?

03-25-2017, 01:09 PM
Why not use iTunes>Podcast on the Mac OS and the Podcasts app on iOS? They are included as part of the OS packages extras I guess you can call them


03-27-2017, 09:10 PM
What podcast app syncs with the iTunes MacOS podcasts?

03-28-2017, 11:09 AM
What podcast app syncs with the iTunes MacOS podcasts?

I could have sworn that I just told you. You should post the OS and iOS versions of the Macs and iDevices involved.

I am answering from my viewpoint using Mac OS 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.5, but with minor details this is basically the same as other OS and iOS version.

Assuming you already have podcasts in your Mac's iTunes then open iTunes and turn on the iDevice in question. Back in iTunes, click on the iDevice (sometimes this is a button ) and choose Podcasts from the Mac. This will then show you various options for selecting which ones to sync to your device.

When you want to remove any Podcasts from the iDevice, just "un-click" the podcasts to take them off your iDevice and sync.

2. An option I prefer is to make a smart playlist for that (in my case) old time radio show with these parameters:

Match music for all of the following rules:

Name contains (OTR)

Plays is less than 50

✓ Match only checked items

✓ Live updating

This will apply only music (where my radio shows go to) with the caveats of the text (OTR) is somewhere in each album title, and has been played from 0 to 49 (inclusive) times and the album and tracks are "checked". if any of these parameters isn't true. and because of the live updating, it will remove the track from the playlist, on both the Mac and the iDeveice automatically.

Good luck.


03-29-2017, 01:08 PM
If you go into the iTunes App Store, you can search for Apps Made By Apple. I usually just put Apple in the search bar, but that will also bring up every app with "Apple" in it's name. Apple has made a specific Podcast app, just for the reason you are looking for. Did you search for Podcasts?