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Mazda 3s
Oct 29, 2006, 05:29 PM
All I have is music on my iPod. No videos, no pictures and one game (Tetris). What's "other?" Seems rather large to just be the file system or album art.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v434/BAHILL99/ATOT/other.jpg



lozanoj83
Oct 29, 2006, 07:29 PM
same thing im asking myself, frankly im not sure, maybe old trash files that didnt get trashed when you put new music in your iPod?

Chundles
Oct 29, 2006, 07:34 PM
Other = notes in the notes folder, pre-loaded software/games, contacts etc.

But that's a hell of a lot of stuff to take up 315MB...

Mazda 3s
Oct 29, 2006, 07:36 PM
Other = notes in the notes folder, pre-loaded software/games, contacts etc.

But that's a hell of a lot of stuff to take up 315MB...
I have no notes, only one game and about 30 contacts with no photos attached.

Chundles
Oct 29, 2006, 07:38 PM
I have no notes, only one game and about 30 contacts with no photos attached.

How big is the game?

kainjow
Oct 29, 2006, 07:39 PM
Album art takes up 68.7% of the "Other" space on my iPod. It all depends on how many songs have album art.

To find out how much space album art is taking, open Terminal and type:
du -hs "/Volumes/iPod/iPod_Control/Artwork"
where "iPod" is the name of your iPod
Same for other folders on your iPod:
du -hs /Volumes/kPod/Notes
du -hs /Volumes/iPod/Calendars
du -hs /Volumes/iPod/Contacts
du -hs /Volumes/iPod/Calendars
du -hs /Volumes/iPod/iPod_Control/Games_RO

Mazda 3s
Oct 29, 2006, 07:40 PM
How big is the game?
Tetris (downloaded from iTunes). It's only 14.6MB.

Mazda 3s
Oct 29, 2006, 07:41 PM
Album art takes up 68.7% of the "Other" space on my iPod. It all depends on how many songs have album art.

To find out how much space album art is taking, open Terminal and type:
du -hs "/Volumes/iPod/iPod_Control/Artwork"
where "iPod" is the name of your iPod
Same for other folders on your iPod:
du -hs /Volumes/kPod/Notes
du -hs /Volumes/iPod/Calendars
du -hs /Volumes/iPod/Contacts
du -hs /Volumes/iPod/Calendars
du -hs /Volumes/iPod/iPod_Control/Games_RO
Terminal? I'm using Windows XP. And how much is your "Other" space taking up?

kainjow
Oct 29, 2006, 07:42 PM
Terminal? I'm using Windows XP.
Oh, sorry I forgot this wasn't PCRumors.com .... :rolleyes:

Anyways, on my iPod, one game and album art take up the majority of Other. Everything else is the leftover bits of Notes, Contacts, Calendars, and some other stuff that is hidden from view.

If you want to use that space, turn off album art in iTunes. Otherwise, don't worry about it.

Mazda 3s
Oct 29, 2006, 07:46 PM
Oh, sorry I forgot this wasn't PCRumors.com .... :rolleyes:

Anyways, on my iPod, one game and album art take up the majority of Other. Everything else is the leftover bits of Notes, Contacts, Calendars, and some other stuff that is hidden from view.

If you want to use that space, turn off album art in iTunes. Otherwise, don't worry about it.
I mean, how many MB total does your "Other" take up? 315MB just seems like a lot for some album art and one game on my iPod.

kainjow
Oct 29, 2006, 07:57 PM
My Other is 326MB. If you turn on visibility in Windows Explorer, and then navigate to your iPod's folder, then iPod_Control, you can check the filesize of the Artwork folder and see for yourself how big it really is. For every song that has artwork, the iPod stores 2 versions of it, uncompressed.

lozanoj83
Oct 29, 2006, 08:00 PM
It makes sense..
my "other" is 295 MB and i checked right now thanks to that nifty Terminal code, and album art takes up 211MB of space for 2586 songs. Im guessing you have more than that?

Mazda 3s
Oct 29, 2006, 08:15 PM
My Other is 326MB. If you turn on visibility in Windows Explorer, and then navigate to your iPod's folder, then iPod_Control, you can check the filesize of the Artwork folder and see for yourself how big it really is. For every song that has artwork, the iPod stores 2 versions of it, uncompressed.

You're right. 262MB. That a little over 1MB per album. Seems kinda wasteful, but I've got space to spare :D

Doesn't really make sense (to me at least) to store images to be seen on such a small screen uncompressed. It's not like it's going to be a 1600x1200 wallpaper or something ;)

Anyway, thanks for the help guys!

lozanoj83
Oct 29, 2006, 08:19 PM
You're right. 262MB. That a little over 1MB per album. Seems kinda wasteful, but I'm got space to spare :D

Doesn't really make sense (to me at least) to store images to be seen on such a small screen uncompressed. It's not like it's going to be a 1600x1200 wallpaper or something ;)

Anyway, thanks for the help guys!

true.. but like me.. i have album art bigger than 300 x 300 mandatory.. why? im just picky.. i have at least one that is... 1200 by 1280 or sumtin.. and i somehow can see the difference on the iPod screen, like no blocky picture, but idk other people dont mind...

Mazda 3s
Oct 29, 2006, 08:22 PM
true.. but like me.. i have album art bigger than 300 x 300 mandatory.. why? im just picky.. i have at least one that is... 1200 by 1280 or sumtin.. and i somehow can see the difference on the iPod screen, like no blocky picture, but idk other people dont mind...
Doesn't matter to me b/c my iPod sits in my car 24-7-365. The only time I look at the screen is to change albums/artists etc.

I see no reason to stare at the screen :p

lozanoj83
Oct 29, 2006, 08:31 PM
Doesn't matter to me b/c my iPod sits in my car 24-7-365. The only time I look at the screen is to change albums/artists etc.

I see no reason to stare at the screen :p

lol, if thats your case, your better of disabling album artwork and putting more tunes in.. lol

yea i say that in my case cuz most of the time i look @ my screen... @ school.. ignoring my teachers... lol

MrBars
Dec 25, 2007, 11:59 AM
hi every1! i got a 30gb ipod video.. I've loaded 21 gb mp3 to my ipod but it shows 24 gb? what are the 3gb other files? How can i delete them?

pujols17
Mar 27, 2008, 03:36 PM
My ipod got erased because i accidentally disconnected it before they said ok
so now if you look at the preferences page it says that there is 11.37 gb of memory in the other category
is there any way of checking what is in the other category because maybe the songs are in there, since before they were erased there was 11.37 gb of memory in the audio category
PLease help!
click on the picture to see enlarged version

confusedbymacs
Jun 8, 2008, 02:00 PM
so i have an old ipod nano (4gb) and i seem to have 2.4 gb of "other" on my ipod, but i have the album artwork turned off, and i have no games or pictures or contacts or anything! i can't figure out how to make the "other" go away... or how to figure out what is making the "other"

how do you get to "terminal" so i can use that code?

sry im rly bad with computers... :(

IpodOwnsAll
Jul 26, 2008, 06:57 PM
My Other is 326MB. If you turn on visibility in Windows Explorer, and then navigate to your iPod's folder, then iPod_Control, you can check the filesize of the Artwork folder and see for yourself how big it really is. For every song that has artwork, the iPod stores 2 versions of it, uncompressed.

my other is 4.48 GB!! how the heck do i get rid of it?? btw i dont have album atrwork on my ipod.=-)

IpodOwnsAll
Jul 26, 2008, 07:01 PM
:mad:how da heck do i get rid of 4.48 gb of "other" and i dont even have album artwork on my ipod!?!? more than 50% of my ipods space is taken up with "other"!!!!!:mad:

thecrunge8
Jul 30, 2008, 05:13 AM
I'm having the same problem as iPodOwnsall! I currently have 3.23 GB of "other space" on my 30 GB iPod that I didn't used to have. I just got a new computer and transfered my old library, so I'm thinking some old files got put on there in the transfer. I came across this message that might help :

Your "Other" normally should be in the Megabyte range if you don't have other files and stuff on the disk drive portion of the iPod. So likely it has been filled with garbage.

Simply use the Restore button in iTunes when the iPod is plugged in. This will clear out the iPod, put it back to factory default conditions and then you can resync your library back onto it. Should clear up the "Other" and give you many gigs of additional space on the iPod.

Note: make sure anything on the iPod not already backed up on your computer or else where gets backed up before you do a restore.


***Okay, I'm a little weary to hit the restore button and erase everything! Does anyone know how you "back up" all your stuff? That last sentence was confusing but I'm guessing if you correctly back up, after you hit restore you can then resync everything back? So then how would you do that? :confused: Plus, how can the library put your songs back in the iPod if they're no longer in the computer? I had to delete them out months ago because they were taking up all my computer's space, but of course they're still "in" the library & iPod.

harveyparadox
Aug 23, 2008, 11:57 AM
senuti works nicely...be sure to follow instructions or you could screw yourself up...i've safely archived over 20 gigs, many songs of which were not on anything but my pod.

http://www.fadingred.org/senuti/

chas

TaranQ
Sep 29, 2008, 03:55 PM
Same prob here. 16GB ipod touch and 5,16Gb others????
No specials installed, just some youtube vids (appr. 200MB)

Tom B.
Sep 29, 2008, 06:20 PM
If you have the problem of having huge amounts of 'Other', the best thing to do would be to just restore the iPod.

thecrunge8
Sep 30, 2008, 07:43 AM
Well I've successfully gotten the other to go away by doing a restore. It took me a long time because I had to import all my CD's again for backup, but I now have my space back.
By the way, cool Dutch screenshot, TaranQ!

NicoleiTouch
Mar 29, 2009, 07:14 AM
I Have Exactly The Same Problem. Except Mine Takes Up 8.67GB :(

enochperson
Nov 28, 2009, 06:58 PM
If you have a Mac, select your Ipod drive, and then empty your trash. Macs do not automatically delete items on a jump drive until you empty the trash.

quantumjerome
Apr 24, 2010, 05:50 AM
thank you so much enochperson.
took your advice and also deleted some thumbnails from the pictures folder and my 'other' decreased from 50+ gb to 408 mb
you saved me brother!:D

Twinslie
Jul 22, 2010, 08:43 AM
But I think I have some insight as to what "Other" can compromise of.

The newer model of cars can play iPod music using a USB cord. When I would plug it in to the specifically made iPod USB I would only be allowed to play a very smaller selection of the music I had on my iPod. Something like nearly 800 songs out of my 3000+. More over some of the songs that I was allowed to play were songs I was pretty sure that I deleted sometime ago. Once I got back to my computer I noticed "Oh hey I did delete those songs." At about that time I noted that the songs played equaled to about the space used on my "Other" bar. So I restored my iPod and the "Other" is wiped. So I imagine it's also potentially deleted songs that you didn't want. Perhaps opted to "Keep" instead of "Move to recycle bin" Or something rather.

My problem is that now my iPod won't play any songs. It's "unable to read USB" Or "Errors." So I wish very much that I didn't restore it. Or perhaps I could find a way to "Other" some other songs. But as they weren't on my iTunes or noticeably on my iPod I'll have to agree that it's files iPod doesn't recognize. Any insight for getting it to work in the car though?

bitflop
May 14, 2011, 02:31 PM
These are, 50 % in my case, orphan audio recordings taken by the builtin audio recorder app .
Internally they are located in the following iPhone path
/private/var/mobile/Media/Recordings
I deleted them using iFile app from Cydia (jailbroken iphone)

regards

KTBee
May 16, 2011, 03:47 AM
I'm quite the computer novice, even using such a user-friendly computer like a MacBook so here's my question:
I was trying to move music from my external hard drive onto my iPod and, trying to bypass using iTunes to move the files, I created a folder on my desktop and dragged the new folder directly into the iPod icon that's in the Finder window. Now, as I look through the music that is on my actual iPod and compare that with the files that the iPod icon shows in the Finder window, they don't match up at all.
Now my question: What does this mean? And did I do something wrong by dragging the folder directly to the iPod icon in the Finder window? Where'd all the music go?!