32 or 64GB?


macrumors 65816
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Oct 10, 2011
I'm about to buy a new 4K AppleTV. I plan to use only a few apps, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Nest, ...what is the benefit of the extra storage? Just for downloading lots of apps? I stream my music on it through Apple Music also. What do you store on an AppleTV? Even if I use Photos on it, isn't it just showing Photos from iCloud?



macrumors regular
Aug 15, 2004
I got the 64GB to future proof it. Just in case. Now that I did that, I won't need it. If I hadn't, I would need it . . .
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macrumors 68040
Sep 23, 2014
what is the benefit of the extra storage? Just for downloading lots of apps?
Yes, for downloading lots of apps, but some other benefits too.

tvOS puts caches a lot of data, which is helpful for going back to a game you were in the middle of playing without it reloading, or going back to a streaming app that you were in the middle of a movie, and you want to continue watching it.

It you check how much free space is on the ATV4K's built-in storage, don't believe the numbers, as it always includes the cache. As you open more and more apps, the OS will free up the cache to make room for the newly opened or used apps.

I plan to use only a few apps
You will be perfectly fine with the 32GB ATV4K. That 32GB will go a long way.

But.... Don't believe the posts that say it is "impossible to fill a 32GB ATV so the 64GB is pointless." I have filled a 32GB ATV4k.

Also, even if you don't fill it, I have noticed that if you open a lot of apps in a short period of time, and there is a fair amount of stuff saved on the ATV, there is a slowdown. This happens even more if you just recently downloaded a bunch of apps.

But... if $ is an issue or if you found a good deal on a 32GB ATV4k, I would just get that. Otherwise, if paying full retail, the 64GB is just $20 more.


macrumors 68000
Feb 9, 2009
I don't think that it's an issue. Pay the extra 20 dollars and go for the largest storage. You then never need to worry about filling it. I'm with Vertical Smile on this one. Quite why Apple offer the two options with only 20 price difference is silly especially when you are paying the Apple price for a decent product.
It's 20 dollars not an issue.
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