If you want to prevent this from happening to you, go to your iTunes preferences, click “Store” at the top, and uncheck “Sync podcast subscriptions and settings.” I don’t know why having that enabled wipes all your saved podcasts. I guess it’s another one of Apple’s cloud bungles. People in the forum where I found the solution have had the problem since September. It’s crazy that Apple hasn’t fixed it yet.
Remember, even if you avoid this problem there will be others. Back yo shit up.
That…that’s a lot of podcasts.
I have a lot of video podcasts that I may watch someday. They take up a lot of room. Some of them are Ask a Ninja, Comedy Central Stand-Up, DiveFilm underwater videos, The Onion News Network, and National Geographic Video Shorts.
There are audio podcasts that I keep just because hard drive space is plentiful now, but which I could also easily discard. Some of those are Harry Shearer’s Le Show, TWiT shows, How Stuff Works shows, Hypercritical, The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, Adam Carolla (and Dr. Drew), and NPR’s Science Friday.
I would hate to lose, and never intentionally get rid of, You Look Nice Today, Roderick on the Line, Back to Work, Impolite Company, Soulmatey, and especially Emergency Pants, which I love fondly and deeply.
Perhaps that will give you some ideas for adding to your podcast playlist for your trip, too.