Since Apple added podcast syncing to iTunes last week, a number of people have asked me how iTunes syncs these settings. It seemed obvious to me that this was using your iTunes Store account, but to many people this is not the case.
The setting for this is in iTunes’ Store preferences. Select iTunes > Preferences, then click Store. You’ll see this:
Check the Sync podcast subscriptions and settings option if you want to sync your podcast info across devices: from one computer to another, but also to your iOS devices.
There can be a problem with this, though. My son and I share an iTunes Store account for apps, movies, TV shows, and other content. But we absolutely do not share the same tastes for podcasts. So he can’t check this box, because it would replace his podcasts with mine; or would it replace mine with his…? We don’t really want to try to find out.
So, if you want to sync podcast subscriptions and settings, and you share an iTunes Store account with someone – a friend, spouse or child – make sure that other person does not check that option.