Are there other things on your phone that you dont want to sync to Itunes? Just want the podcasts?
No doesn't matter really but what I am TRYING to avoid is syncing whats on Itunes to my phone! That would crush it (the phone).
Once I can verify podcasts and video that are on my phone are in itunes.....i can delete from phone (I only have <250mb left)
When I sync mine, it doesn't sync all my itunes on my laptop to my phone automatically. Wouldn't fit if i tried. If I remember I'll do it later when I get home. I dont think I check/uncheck anything to make it that way.
On the other hand if you want to sync your itunes library to your phone its an additional step/check box/ drag something etc I believe. The first time or two I tried to put a few itunes songs on my phone, I failed so I'm almost positive it doesnt do it automatically.
All that being said, I'm far from an expert on this stuff. Only had the phone a few months, and synced it maybe 2-3 times.