32GB or 64GB for ATV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jaybar, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. jaybar macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2008

    We are ordering the new ATV. We have never had an ATV or any other streaming device. I'm not even sure what the memory is used for. Since I will preorder, what is best? Our TV is ancient. 720P and 1080i.

  2. Agent2015 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2015
    Sonoran Desert
    My first ATV4 was the 64GB but my second was the 32GB version. After assessing how storage was used I realized that for my setup 32GB is more than enough. Apps are really the only thing that requires storage space...at least for most users. I plan to preorder a 32GB ATV 4K based on this experience.
  3. macs4nw macrumors 601


    The memory is used for downloading Apps and frequently used content from your iTunes and Photo libraries. How much storage you might want to order is explained in this ~6mos old article that pertained to ATV4, but that still holds true for the 5th gen.

    Unless you're planning to buy a 4K tv in the near future, you could also save some $$ and go for a sweet deal on a (non-4K) AppleTV, even in the refurb store. I couldn't check prices for you as the store is down at the moment, but I would recommend 'getting your feet wet' with a lower priced unit, and once you have a better idea of what you're looking for and possibly upgraded your tv/flat screen to 4K, make the jump to the newest model.

    The previous model may very well do all you want it to do for now, and for a lot less money.
  4. archer75, Sep 14, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2017

    archer75 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2005
    32gb is way more than enough

    To put it in perspective, I have a 16gb nvidia shield which is way more powerful than the ATV 4k and is heavy on gaming and I haven't even filled that up yet.
  5. PowerGala macrumors regular


    Aug 26, 2016
    For $20 more, I'm just going with the 64GB model. I doubt I'll ever use it, but I'd rather have the peace of mind. The Apple TV 4k is really powerful for a streaming box, so maybe it will have games I'll want to play. Maybe not, but it's just $20.
  6. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    Same thoughts as PowerGala. Before it was announced I was originally planning on going for the lower storage option. Now seeing that the price difference is only $20, what the hell, might as well go 64 GB.
  7. AL2TEACH macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2007
    Denver, CO.

    Same for me and for the same reasoning.
  8. Pug72 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
  9. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    32GB, went with 64GB on the ATV4 and I barely use any space. No reason to spend $20 more.
  10. scott911 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2009
    i'm used to apple charging $100 for every memory increment, so for $20 - I went with the 64.
    my last apple TV didn't do apps, so I wasn't sure how into that we'll be. But I have two kids, so maybe we'll use the space...
  11. xsmett macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2015
    Wondering how much money apple makes with people deciding to take the 64GB Version, because of the just $20 difference, even they don't need it all.

    To be honest, I would have been in the same boat, but the 64GB wasn't on stock. :)
  12. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    I got the 64 GB 4th gen and that's more than I need. I'm wondering though, on the 4K, if games and other apps are going to be larger since it's more powerful and has better graphics.

    Really, even though there are some decent games, there's nothing that exciting. What if we can get full games like Lego Indiana Jones 2? On my mini, it's 4.77 GB.
  13. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    64gb. I have 8x 64gb ATV 4's. I will replace 2 of them with 64gb ATV 4K and give my ATV 4's to other family members as they are replaced.

    Only 1 of my ATV 4's has been using > 32gb. Currently that one is using around 40gb. However, with tvOS 11 where all ATV's will share the same layout/apps I expect more to use > 32gb over time.
  14. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    Is there an easy way to check on how much storage is being used?
    I know you can check in Settings but that just shows the amounts of each app and you'd have to add up, and not really sure if it shows the actual full amounts and/or the tvOS space used.
  15. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    I use Storage Doctor TV. But there are others as well. I mainly like this one because it also shows the System Storage used. Not just the Apps.
  16. Damstr macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2016
    I plan on investing a lot into my current 2bay/4TB NAS expanding it to a 5bay/16TB (expandable to 40TB) and with Plex I noticed a lot of data can be used storing chapters and a lot of other meta data which is why I went with the 64GB.

    On my OG NVIDIA 16GB (11 useable) Shield I actually started running out of space with my 3.5TB Plex library.
  17. jgelin macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    St Petersburg, FL
    I will be staying with the 32GB Version when I upgrade, there really isn't all the need for 64 if you are using it for streaming and maybe the occasional game that you downloaded and then forget about.
  18. Robnsn2015 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2015
    I've had the 32 GB version for nearly 2 years. Not only is 32 GB adequate for me, I just ordered another one.
  19. Spankey macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2007
    Yeah, not sure what the peace of mind is for unless you download every conceivable game available. Otherwise you are not going to need all that space.
  20. bluespark macrumors 68000

    Jul 11, 2009
    I bought the 64GB ATV 4, then realized I will NEVER use that space. Because I'm an idiot, I'll probably order the 64GB ATV 4K.
  21. Donfor39 macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2012
    Lanarkshire Scotland
    32GB Apple 4k tv for me.

    From one who recently recycled 64gb iphone 6 for 32gb SE purchase.

    I have the 4k t.v. -Apple t.v is for 4k movie rentals when required.
  22. Robnsn2015 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2015
    Download every game AND connect several IoT devices via HomeKit.
  23. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Until recently I would agree that 32GB was enough for literally everyone, whether a normal user or a power user. This was in part because Apple limited ATV app sizes to 200mb. Apple also doesn't allow you to store your media content on the ATV, so you can't really fill it up that way either.

    However, some time in 2017 Apple changed the app size limit to 4GB. Going from 200MB to 4GB per app is quite a big jump. I assume things are changing. Now just half a dozen max-size apps will use up 32GB. There are obviously plans in the works.

    I still think non-gamers just using streaming TV apps should go with 32GB. Power users might consider 64GB as well since TV streaming apps are now allowed to use up to 20GB for temporary storage like "pausing" live TV. Even if only one app is doing that, 20GB is a big chunk of 32GB.

    Serious gamers should also consider 64GB, but then again aren't serious gamers on a console or PC?
  24. guitarguy316 macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2010
    I’m still stuck on which size to get. Reading that you can’t download 4k movies, I’m not sure 64GB is really needed. I have no interest in games and using the Siri remote to play them. That’s what xox and PS4 are for.
  25. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    To clarify, you do not need to use the SIRI Remote to play games on the Apple TV. We use these.

    I have all 64gb versions. I use more the 32gb on most now with the Menu Sharing option in tvOS 11. Before only my main Apple TV used greater then 32gb. But since only $20 extra not sure why you would not just get the 64gb version and not worry about it. In the past with a $50 difference it was a harder decision. Apple TV 4K. $179 (32gb) vs. $199 (64gb). However, if you never plan to play any games and also have a limited number of Apps then you would not exceed 32gb.

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