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I have my play lists setup on my computer to automatically remove played podcasts from my play list (Play Count = 0). However, I want the same behavior on my iPod Touch. I have occasionally gotten this to work, but have been unable to figure out the trick to get it work when I want it to.

Does anyone know how to get this to work?

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I am assuming you are talking about smart playlists. I don't believe live updating on an iPod will happen for smart playlists which rely on other smart playlists that are NOT on the iPod. I have one smart playlist which contains all my podcasts, based on genre and some other criteria, and feeds all other podcast smart playlists. If I don't include that smart playlist (and all the other ones used to build the final playlists)...I don't believe my other playlists will update until I re-sync with iTunes.

I went to iLounge to find something in the forums to confirm my post and I found this. It confirms my thought and also indicates that the new OS 3.0 breaks live updating for any smart playlist which relies on another smart playlist.

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Make sure you Check the "Live updating" box.
This tells the ipod to update the playlist when something changes (in your case, the play count).

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I don't think that the iPod touch updates play lists as you go. From my experience, changes to play lists on the iPod only occur when syncing to iTunes. – Andy Aug 3 '09 at 14:53
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This issue was fixed in OS 3.0. Took them long enough to do it, too :\ – Andrew Scagnelli Aug 4 '09 at 18:12

Rather than use a playlist, you can also manage the device itself which seems more effective to me. If you click on the device it will have a podcast tab. There you can select the podcasts you wish to sync or sync all and there is a pulldown selector where you can select "Sync Unplayed". Click Apply down at the bottom right and Voila! That should be it.

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I am subscribed to about 125 podcasts. I learned that long ago. What I am looking for is something to make it easier to know where I ended. NOTE: I don't always start the play list in the beginning. – Mike Wills Jul 16 '09 at 13:14

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