iPod -- What are "Other Files"?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by MadCowDzz, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. MadCowDzz macrumors newbie

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    I own a 60GB iPod Video formatted for Apple. It syncs automatically with my MacBook when I plug it in.

    The Capacity of the iPod throws me off... It's almost full (I admit that), and I don't sync movies, photos, tvshows, calendar entries, contacts, etc... I have 54GB of audio, 994MB of Other, and 223MB of Free space.

    What are "Other Files"?

    To check that I didn't once place odd files on, I restored my iPod and let iTunes sync all the data again. As it was sync'ing, I slowly watched my Audio capacity rise (obviously), and the Other capacity rise. 1GB seems like a lot of space to lose to miscellaneous system files... especially as it grows when more audio is on.

    All albums do have artwork that I copy from a Google Image search into iTunes. My "~/Music/iTunes/Album Artwork" is only 128MB. I generally choose an image that's 15k, or 200x200.
     
  2. MadCowDzz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Coming up to a week and no responses?

    1GB is a lot to lose on "Other files"... I'm curious what other 60GB iPod users are experiencing...
     
  3. MadCowDzz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Kainjow, I tried searching before I posted, I swear!

    So running this command: du -hs /Volumes/iPod/iPod_Control/Artwork indeed told me I'm using 867MB for artwork... daaamn.

    Sorry for not finding the thread on my own! :eek:
     
  4. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    No problem, I just like making it hard for the newbies ;)
     
  5. glowdoctors macrumors newbie

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    7.45 GB of "Other" Space

    I have 7.5 GB of "other" space taken up, 315 MB of which is artwork.

    I have read on other forums about temporary files being an issue with this amount of "other" space. How do I reach the temporary files with Terminal? Is it similar to finding the artwork?
     
  6. .adam macrumors regular

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    You've definitely not got any files on the iPod (a lá external hard drive)?
     
  7. glowdoctors macrumors newbie

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    Almost a good 3/4 of the iPod is filled with music, and the rest is basically filled by "other". So I use it a an external hard drive and for playing music. Was that your question?
     

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