Dilemma For an iPhone Potential Buyer

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DSchwartz88, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. DSchwartz88 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2006

    Let me tell you my story. Im on verizon and i really hate the service and want cingular (att whatever) and REALLY want the iPhone. However, i feel like even 8gb is to small. My entire video and music collection is over 30gb and i feel like 8gb is to little. Will someone who is in my position let me know what they think, and carrying my ipod with me is not an option because i want this to replace my ipod phone and pda.


  2. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    you dont need all 30gb.

    just create a few playlists of music you want to listen to and then just sync those.

    i used to put my entire library on my iPod but my library quickly grew too big. I now use a 2gb nano, and that's enough music and podcasts to last a few days, at which point i'd have to charge it anyway, so I sync again...
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Make a playlist with all of your favorite songs and only load a video/movie if you plan on watching one.

    ...Or don't buy an iPhone. ;)
  4. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    You don't need all of your music with you at all times. Seriously.

    Put a ton of photos on there to show people, 6-7 gigs of music, and then allow for some general portable hard drive space. You want the iPhone more than you want all of your music with you 24/7.
  5. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Well, I'm not sure what you want to here...we can't get your an iPhone w/ 30GB+

    What I can say, is keep your iPod that can hold all your media, and only use it when you think your going away from home for a while. Going out for a little is fine with your iPhone...but when you go on a trip, bring the iPod+iPhone
  6. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    A problem for me too (although the iPhone isn't here for months, and it will probably be too expensive for me anyway), I found it hard to cherry pick for my 15GB 3G iPod...
  7. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    I understand this...

    A buddy of mine and I went on a cruise this past January. He got "bored" and asked to borrow my 60GB iPod. He came back to me with suggestions of music that I had not listened to in ages. Some of which now makes that trip even more special....
  8. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2006
    I have over 500 songs in iTunes (I know, a small library compared to most people here) and an iPod Photo and Shuffle. I used to have everything on my Photo, but always kept a playlist with my current favorites on it (around 100 or so) that I would mainly use. That's also what I sync to my shuffle. So I would start building some playlists of what you'd be most likely to listen to on your iPhone. Also, you may want to utilize some of iTunes' smart playlists.
  9. Uptown710 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2007
    I still dont get this....

    Guys, i never understood the need for more than 4gigs when it comes to something like this. Im pretty sure if youre buying the iphone, you have a computer, which means you should have daily acess to a computer. Nobody i know uploads 8gigs of files and uses them in 1 week. 8gigs is more than enough I think.
  10. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    If you are traveling and don't take a computer, 4GB is awfully small, especially when you want to bring movies with you. Also, nobody wants to have to constanyl load the content that they want and unload content that they don't want. They want to have all their content with them and have access to it when they want it, without having to connect to a computer.
  11. Uptown710 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2007
    I still dont get it....I travel, and I can honestly say i still havent passed more than 3.5gigs worth of stuff....guess its just me.
  12. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    I have a 30GB zune. About 5GB is used with 500 or so songs. I must say i listen to probaly 100 of them at the most, but that is just me.

    You can live with 7GB of music / video on the iPhone, but that is just my opinion.

  13. scootermafia macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2005
    The reason you are freaked out is because you do not know perhaps the best way to get a lot of video onto the iPhone. Pick your favorite video, and find out its resolution - divide width by height to get the aspect ratio. Divide the aspect ratio into 480 to figure out the height of the video, perhaps 480x260. Then, load up iSquint and go into advanced options, enter that aspect ratio and then 64kbs for the audio (sounds fine since it's AAC) and 256kbs for the video. In the main menu, select h.264 encoding. The finished product will be about 200-300mb and have plenty nice quality for this purpose. With this technique i may be able to justify having only a 4gb iPhone. Six videos with this technique, full length films, take up 1.5gb. 1.5gb of music (at least 300 songs) also. 1GB reserved for photos and system stuff. It would be enough to get by, while 8GB would be a luxury. With 8GB, you could easily get in an entire season of a primetime show, perhaps 600-800 songs, and all the personal data you needed. In any case, the key is proper encoding of your media and also the understanding that it is foolish to carry more media than what your lifestyle demands and your battery can support. You don't honestly need to tote around 10 full length movies and 20+ hours of music. If you are a serious mac user then your macbook/pro probably rarely leaves your side, and so you're never too far away from a larger repository of media. Remember...it's a phone that will entertain you for 6-12 hours if need be (international flight perhaps or car trip) but nobody is really going to jack into this device like the matrix for a full week, so demanding 16gb of media is excessive although it would be nice. I only ever like about 10% of my library at any given time, so the iPhone is fine for me. I have not decided on which model, but I have agreed that the 8GB is highway robbery. 4GB of flash is worth nothing...a 4GB SDHC card goes for $30. If they had given me a measly card slot, for $50 I could have added 8gb. Sigh.
  14. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Case in point with my post above....

    My buddy discovered music that I had not listened to in ages. Just for the fact I had my entire music library on my iPod. It tapped me in to tunes I have not heard in a long time.
  15. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    my library is going on 400G with music,shows,movies,podcasts. You don't need your whole library. I have an 80G iPod, but I only listen to the same 5 playlists usually. I plan on keeping my iPod with me after I get the iPhone, but I have stopped using my iPod as my music back up years ago
  16. Furgster macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2007
    exactly, who really listens to 8+ gigs of music? sure people have it, but they dont use it
  17. Bossx20 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2004
    i concur. the 8gig is a rip for an extra $100.
  18. taberrr macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2007
    I'm with you - right now I have a 40gb ipod, but truthfully I prolly only listen to a handful of albums off of it. It's cool to have a song pop into my head and be able to listen to it immediately, but I'm totally willing to meld my phone with my ipod at the risk of not being able to do that. I'm pretty sure I can cram whatever albums I'm currently listening to lately into 8gb. And if I can't, I will cry. But the iphone will be there to cheer me up. Because it's shiny.
  19. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    two movies, a tv show ep or two, a few hundred songs, some photos and a few text messages and emails could easily fill 8gb.
  20. The Viking macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2007
    I'm in the same boat. I'll be switching from Verizon on Friday. I was really concerned about 8 GB of storage, considering my 60GB iPod is full.

    I picked out my "Desert Island" playlist of artists and albums that I would want to carry around all the time, and it turned out to be about 5 GB. That leaves room for a few movies or TV shows to throw into the rotation as well.

    My advice is to make a playlist of music you wouldn't want to live without, and start chopping it to under 6 GB or so.

    (It's odd to think that the 1st gen iPod I bought seemed capacious and un-fillable at the time, but now isn't capable of even holding 10% of my library!)

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