SOLVED Podcasts not appearing in Finder window (for iPod) after upgrading to Big Sur


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Was successfully using iPod classic on Catalina syncing to podcasts app. Finder window for syncing this device appears when it is plugged in. I select sync all episodes of all podcasts.
Upgraded to Big Sur. When I plug in this device, which had working podcasts, I see no podcasts listed in the window - I changed to sync all episodes of selected podcasts, which used to make the list of podcasts appear. I carelessly didn't look the first time I plugged it in and selected all episodes of all podcasts, which wiped my iPod clean of podcasts. I do have many subscriptions, they are all there and appear to all be playable from my MacBook Pro. Running latest available Big Sur update and version 1.1.0 of Podcasts.
 
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I "solved" this by finding a workaround. The problem still exists however. I tried many combinations of options from the drop down menus for syncing "all", or "selected" podcasts. This did not work. I tried several combinations of "Selected Podcasts" and the dropdown the specifies how many to keep. Found that selecting "5 unread" triggered the populating of the podcasts list which displays below. It is possible that other options worked here but "all" in this drop down definitely does not, and definitely always did work on Catalina. I am hoping that now that I have the list populated that it will remain so. And I'll be back to the earlier problem of the fact that new podcasts added to this list are not covered by the "all" option. In my opinion, the podcast app has always been one of apple's poorest efforts and separating it from iTunes did not make it any better. It's still a pretty buggy chunk of software.
 

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Hello and welcome.

Sorry we didn't get to answer you, but glad you at least found a workaround.

Wow...didn't think the old iPod Classics would still sync properly still. Which iPod Classic model is it:
-iPod Classic
-iPod Classic (120GB)
-iPod Classic (Late 2008)

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I have an old, but fully functioning iPod Classic. Just 80 GB storage. Current version of Podcasts works much better than any prior version, up until I upgraded to Big Sur.
 

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