Yeah! It’s designed to be illogical and confusing! That’s exactly what I need, another manual fix for what used to be simple and require no extra work. Incidentally, for those who told me to do things like change the genre, how about you read what I posted. Obviously I know how to make it work, it’s just that it’s a big pain in the ass.
The need for having podcasts in a playlist is that this is how I put my podcasts together. About a third of my podcasts are labeled podcast when I download them. Those are the ones I have a problem with. I download them with iTunes and then select the files and add them to Windows Media Player’s play list (because Apple doesn’t want anyone to use anything but an iPod with iTunes or I’d just use iTunes). I then drag them over to a play list so that I can make them play in the order that I want. Simple. Oops. Except now. Furthermore, WMP 12 is a piece of crap and doesn’t let me immediately even change the Podcast label. I have to wait around for a while or something before the option is no longer greyed out. Maybe it’s adding the file to the library in the background or something. All this crap happens that prevents me from just adding a playlist (because I want to use a playlist). And what if I wanted to mix songs and podcasts? Oh no! That is forbidden by the geniuses up in software land!
Look, I understand the idea that separating them is a feature so that I can play podcasts by choosing podcast instead of playlist from the Clip plus menu, but it doesn’t actually make sense to allow me to add files to a play list, but ignore them when I play that play list. If I didn’t want them to play from the playlist, I wouldn’t add them would I? But no. I understand now that it was a screwy poorly thought through attempt to patch someone else’s annoyance. Patch patch patch. We need media players to catch up to the realities that have come about the last 3,4,5 years instead of just patch/breaking features. What’s it going to take? It wouldn’t be quite as bad if not ALL of the software involved was messed up in one way or another. (WMP12, iTunes, Sansa clip plus)
I am quite pleased at the functionality I have gotten from this device however. Thanks for inventing that and making it work “pretty well”. Just stop driving me crazy!!