View Full Version : manually putting file in iTunes/iPod podcast folder

Apr 3, 2006, 11:24 PM
I searched google and this forum, but I get only hits having nothing to do with my question.

I want to manually tell iTunes (and therefore my iPod) that certain files I have are podcasts.

I downloaded them before I had an ipod, and didn't use iTunes to get them -- I do not want to re-download them (and in some cases I can't).

Apr 4, 2006, 12:56 AM
ok, so I went ahead and had iTunes get the (latest) podcasts for me, but now I want to manually manage my podcasts (which I already set) but I cannot figure out how to get them from iTunes to my iPod (without changing it to automatically sych).

Apr 4, 2006, 09:47 AM
... I cannot figure out how to get them from iTunes to my iPod ...
The iTunes help file says To copy podcasts and individual podcast episodes manually from your iTunes library to your iPod, iPod nano, or iPod mini, select "Manually manage podcasts." Then drag podcasts or podcast episodes from the Podcasts playlist to iPod in the Source list.

I get a crossed out circle when I try to drag and drop.

Jun 12, 2006, 04:43 AM
I too am wanting to manually assign a couple podcasts to the 'Podcast' section of my iTunes. I had to manually download the files because they weren't in the feed any longer.

I want to assign them to that feed so that they are all grouped properly.
Any help or info on how to do this?

Nov 21, 2006, 04:16 PM
I have searched some more but still haven't found an answer.

Jul 16, 2007, 01:55 PM
I'm now thinking you could manually edit iTunes Music Library.xml, but it would be really nice if you could just drag and drop it into the feed, or check a checkbox on the info page for a file, or if a third party software supported importing files into iTunes as podcasts (instead of just plain mp3s).

Mar 27, 2008, 04:57 PM
Looks no sight of 3rd party software for that.

So, I'm also thinking about manually editing Itunes XML file.

I want to turn some home made books into podcasts, but don't want to publish them.
When they are in general library - they clutter it too much, when being turned into AudioBooks category, they are better, but dont show me the name of the track/chapter (no go for iPhone use)

Now I want to try them as podcasts, see if it'll be better for me.
And what I really like about podcasts, is it's easily collapsible - perfect for a book with hundreds of "chapters".

Anyways, a little hacking experience with Itunes XML would be educating.
So : where do I start ?
Anyone managed to turn mp3/m4x file into podcast yet ?

Mar 27, 2008, 09:41 PM
http://dougscripts.com/itunes/ has a script for telling iTunes that audio files are podcasts, so they then get sorted into the Podcasts library in iTunes and on synced iPods. It's an AppleScript, so only for use with iTunes for the Mac. The site is down at present so I can't be any more help, sorry.

I suppose I or someone else who already has the script could host it somewhere and post a link if necessary, but it's probably only worth it if you have a fair number of podcasts-iTunes-doesn't-recognise-as-podcasts.

Mar 27, 2008, 10:06 PM
http://dougscripts.com/itunes/ has a script for telling iTunes that audio files are podcasts
Wow, that sounds good!
Thanks for a tip!

Just checked dougscripts, site is down, but the message appears to be recent, and it promises it will get back.
Certainly hope so. Will check it back again soon.

Mar 29, 2008, 12:51 AM
The site's back up now. The script I was thinking of is called "Re-Add Selected Tracks as Podcast", so have a look.

Try it out on a few files first to see how it behaves. It may be that you'll end up with one dummy podcast stream for each and every file, or that you'll need to standardise the names to avoid that. It's not a wonderfully elegant solution simply because a 'podcast' is more than just an audio file, it's a feed, so iTunes's handling of podcasts is completely different from its handling of, say, audiobooks, and it's harder to work around.

That site has some real gems, so it's worth having a look around while you're there. Things like "Super-remove Dead Tracks" seem absolutely brilliant when you happen to need them. You can't get much smaller "software" than an AppleScript for something like this---and yet I've got enough use out of the few I've downloaded that I've made a donation and will probably do so again.

Mar 29, 2008, 02:27 AM
Wow, thanks thegilly, this script works like charm!
It has already turned 3 CD's worth of audio into a podcast, while I was typing this here.

Will certainly explore dougscripts further.