One of my favorite features on my iPhone is the ability to download podcasts directly onto it via the iTunes app on the home screen. It's especially nice that I can then delete said podcast with a swipe of a finger. However since day one of my 3G iPhone (October 2008) I have had the same continuing issue. Not always but often times the direct downloading of podcasts via iTunes will cause some sort of problem. It varies. Sometimes all the music stored on my iPhone will vanish. Sometimes the iPod function will crash after I try to access it once the podcasts are finished downloading. Sometimes I'll swipe a podcast to delete it, go to part 2 of the same show, and part 1 that I deleted will play again. There are ways around these issues but it's frustrating and tiring. When the music vanishes all I have to do is reconnect the iPhone to my MBP and without even syncing everything reappears once the iPhone is disconnected. When part 1 of a podcast plays after deleting it instead of part 2 I just need to play a song for a few seconds and then revert back to playing the podcast I want to listen to. Sometimes I'll download a podcast or two and when I go to open it in the iPod various previous shows from said podcast will appear in my library that I deleted in the past. To put it simply, it's buggy as hell. These issues have continued with every software update. I've tried to completely restore my iPhone on several occasions, same issues. I should also mention that last fall I had my original 3G phone replaced after having a series of hardware issues. The replacement 3G phone however has continued the buggy podcast trend. A friend suggested I just download podcasts directly onto my MBP and sync them according. My issue with this is that I'll need to incorporate my MBP instead of just downloading directly onto my iPhone. No, that wouldn't be the end of the world but if I shouldn't have to go that route in the first place. Every OS update hasn't changed a thing. Sometimes I think that iPhone 4 will be the end of my problems but I worry that this issue will only persist. Your feedback is appreciated. If I have to start downloading directly onto my MBP and syncing I will but I'd like to avoid doing so. And as for subscribing to podcasts, I typically listen to two different shows consistently. One show I pick and choose depending on the guest. The other I listen to daily. Thanks.