Conserving space on iPod
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: If a song in my iPod is on multiple playlists does it use up more memory or space for each time in a playlist in my iPod? Also, how can I get as many MP3 songs as possible or extra songs on my 4GB iPod nano?
A: The content on your iPod is organized using a database which “points” to the actual MP3 files on your device, rather than storing MP3 files in a folder structure by playlist. This means that each MP3 file is only stored on your iPod once, regardless of how many playlists it is contained in.
To get more content on your iPod nano you will want to look at the bit-rate that your songs are currently encoded at. The amount of space that an MP3 file takes up is based entirely on the bit-rate of that file, and Apple’s estimate for how many tracks you can store on an iPod is based on 128kbps MP3 or AAC files. If your files use a higher bit-rate, they will be larger and you will therefore be able to store fewer of them on your device. There is, however, a tradeoff between sound quality and bit-rate—most users do not consider anything below 128kbps to be acceptable CD quality audio, and some would suggest that even this bit-rate is too low.
You can check out our Online iPod Storage Calculator to see how many songs you can fit on your iPod based on different bit-rates. To determine the bit-rate of an individual song in your library, simply select the track, choose File, Get Info and look at the “Summary” tab. You can also add a bit-rate column to your track listings in iTunes by going to the View Options on the View menu and selecting the “Bit Rate” option.
If most of your tracks are higher than 128kbps MP3, you can take advantage of a new option in iTunes 9.1 that will allow you to automatically convert them to 128kbps when syncing to your iPod. This leaves the higher bit-rate files in your library untouched, but allows you to fit more content on your iPod by converting them on-the-fly. You can find this option by connecting your iPod, going to the “Summary” tab and checking the option to “Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC.”
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple Store app update allows purchases from Apple Watch
- Apple releases fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers
- Apple reveals cause of unexpected iPhone 6s shutdowns
- Report: 99 percent of fake Apple chargers found to be unsafe
- Apple offering battery replacements for iPhone 6s models with ‘unexpected shutdown issues’ (Updated)
- Report: Fitbit to acquire Pebble
- Apple releases statement on iCloud Calendar spam
- Apple sending out drones to improve Maps data, adding interior building maps
- Tim Cook allegedly tells customer AirPods to ship in ‘next few weeks’
- Apple Pay reportedly launching in Spain tomorrow
- iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker
- Twelve South HiRise Duet for Apple Watch and iPhone
- IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
- JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones
- Edifier e235 Luna E Speaker System
- Clamcase ClamCase+ for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Scosche BoomBottle H2O+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker
- Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid
- Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- Creative iRoar Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10