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I have a ton of old radio shows that I put on my iPod, only they always go straight to the music section.  The only issue with this is, music tracks don’t hold their place when you’re in the middle of a track and skip to something else.  Starting over at the beginning of an hour-and-a-half track and skipping somewhere to the middle not only wastes time, but also puts extra stress on the battery.  Fortunately, I found a very simple way to turn those MP3 tracks into podcasts, so now I can stop in the middle of one and return later on in the same place.

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The first thing you do is select all the files you want to convert.

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Right-click, and select ‘Get Info’ from the drop-down menu.

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If you’ve selected more than one, a prompt may come up asking you if you’re sure you want to edit more than one track at a time.  Click ‘Yes’ to continue.

In the window that opens, click the ‘Options’ tab.  Look for ‘Media Kind’.  It’ll be set to Music, so click it, and in the drop-down menu, select ‘Podcast’, then hit ‘OK’.

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That’s all there is to it.  Now go to the Podcast section of iTunes and you’ll see your tracks over there.  Sync with your iPod and you’re ready to go.

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5 Responses to “How to Turn an MP3 into a Podcast in iTunes”

  1. Rita says:

    I want to thank you so much for that helpful information. I have spend well over an hour searching various websites to determine how to create a podcast from a MP3. I followed the above instructions and just like you said “there it was”.

  2. Sumpm says:

    Glad I could help!

  3. Ted says:

    I followed your instructions; iTunes modified all the files, and now they won’t show up as music or as podcasts. Help?

  4. Sumpm says:

    I can’t offer any help other than what I’ve already given. It works for me 100% of the time, so you must have missed a step.

    You still have the files, though, so drag them back to iTunes as music again, then do it all over.

  5. Daniel says:

    Two additional steps, the first that I think is relevant to Ted’s problem:

    1) Make sure your MP3s have an Album name (which they may not depending on where you got them). Without it, they disappear like Ted describes. Album name is in the Info tab.

    2) While in the Options tab, click the Remember Positon checkbox. Otherwise it may still not remember its place.

    Another advantage of calling it a Podcast is that it has a 30-second rewind that’s only available for Books and Podcasts.

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