How much storage are you actually using?

nightfly13

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There was great debate about 16/32/64 before the launch. I'm still leaning toward a 16gb wifi, but I'd be interested to hear, now that many apps are out and eBooks and comics etc., how you guys are finding the space usage to be working out. I know it's very subjective, and many will want to validate their size choice (as it can be argued I'm trying to validate my future choice by starting the thread :) so please give a rough breakdown of how you're using your space, for example:

16GB:
6GB music
4GB TV/Video
2GB apps (specify any big apps)
3GB Photos
1GB Free

Further, I'd love to hear what size a standard 2h movie is working out to be and if you guys have had success in getting it 'optimized for iPad' in handbrake, etc.

Thanks! If this thread is superfluous, please point me to another, I couldn't find it.
 

troop231

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My friend purchased the 64GB iPad, and he kind of regrets it at the moment, but in a way he's happy since his iTunes library is always expanding.
 

jeffy777

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16GB is plenty for me since I use my iPod for most of my music and Air Video for streaming my videos through wifi. So that leaves me a ton of room for apps.
 

nightfly13

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Yeah, I went from an 8GB 2G iPhone to a 32GB 3GS (I would have been happy with 16 but got a deal). I'm pretty confident that 16GB will be fine for me (I won't load much music in there) but I figure, since they're out in the wild, maybe there's something I'm not figuring on. I'm sure having more photos would be good (I have 3 little kids who love to watch their own photos and videos) but I figure my normal smart folder of 'last 2 months' syncing should be fine here, too. I do wonder, though, if it'll save higher res versions than on the iPhone, and how much more space that'd consume. Right now I use under 400mb for Photos on my iPhone. Maybe I should double that, for higher res versions?
 

bindle

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16GB is plenty for me since I use my iPod for most of my music and Air Video for streaming my videos through wifi. So that leaves me a ton of room for apps.
ditto.

I've a 16gb and I haven't filled it up that much. About 2gb of photos and 2gb of Apps and their data (games are the biggest). I'm not using it for my music.

For videos, I've been using AirVideo to stream my 2TB of movies and tv shows to the device over the local network. Pretty much the same deal with my iPod touch & iPhone - I got the lower capacity ones because I just stream all my videos to it. And it's a great way to avoid having to bother convert everything - the conversion is done live.
 

HXGuy

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About 1.5GB out of 32GB (my wife's iPad). I got the 16GB 3G model.

Im never one to store a bunch of stuff on there...either Im using it, or its not on there, so that means if I watch a movie, I delete it afterwards. There wont be any music on the iPad...why would there be? I have some music on the iPhone plus my Apple TV is synced with iTunes.

On my 16gb 3GS iPhone, Im using almost 2GB and Ive had the phone since day 1 of release.
 

ClaireL

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Have 11 gb free on my 16 gb iPad which is fine with me. I will be using Air video to stream videos and I plan having mostly apps with very little music on my iPad. I have no music in fact currently.
 

markosb

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I have 12 gigs free, I keep my audio on my iPod, I need it more on a small device for when I bike. The apps take up the most space, when I get a little more $ I have a few productivity apps to buy.
 

CrAkD

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im beginning to think Id be better off springing for a 3g version for the added benefit of gps rather then bigger size (I was going to get 32gb or 64gb wifi) but Ive been using air video on my phone and jesus theres no reason at all to sync any of this stuff to the device unless your going somewhere with no wifi and no 3g. I watched an episode of seinfeld from my itunes library on my iphone at work today over 3g and it was PERFECT.
 

Prolanman

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Jul 28, 2009
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20GB free on my 32GB iPad. Keep in mind that the OS takes up space. I think the usable space was around 29.02 GB when I first started it up.
 

Shymcfly

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10.05 gig music 2331 songs
769.2 mb video 15 videos 1 full length movie
2.82 gig photos 3390 photos
1.54 gig apps. 96 apps*
603 mb other
43.39 gig free
59.2 overall space

But I feel you can never have enough space
 

camarobh

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If you are away from your iTunes library for any length of time I would recommend at least the 32GB model. I am using a wifi 16GB until my 3G 64GB model arrives. 16GB is fine when I can sync each day, but when I travel it's tough to make it work. My iTunes library is far too large to take with me.

I have almost all video and apps on my iPad, using my iPhone for audio.
 

Mike714

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I've been converting my bluray movies to ipad format. It's real enjoyable to watch them on the iPad. I'm anxiously awaiting my 64GB 3G iPad.
 

magpie maniac

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I have about 45 GB free on my 64 GB wifi. Just like I say about my Glock 26, it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. :D
 

MythicFrost

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My 64GB iPad will likely have about 30GB of space left after music (2.5GB), movies (~20GB), TV shows (150GB+ :(), and if my iPhone apps are any indication (~5.5GB) the iPad equiv. apps will end up taking up about (~7GB), photos + videos (2-3GB).
 

bluehaze013

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4 pages full of apps and games, 1 movie, about 30 songs and a couple tv shows = about 5gb used 10gb free on a 16gb.
 

PhantomZone

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My 32GB iPhone is bunged...64 all the way!

Once you have a years worth of magazine subscriptions, apps, movies and music you'll wish you had one too :eek:
 

funkyc

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I've been converting my bluray movies to ipad format. It's real enjoyable to watch them on the iPad. I'm anxiously awaiting my 64GB 3G iPad.
how r u converting ur movies into ipad format? i'm assuming ur talking abt actual bluray discs or r u talking abt downloaded .avi?

what program/settings r u using? how is the quality?

i'll be v.interested in doing this with my movies when i get an ipad (they're not out here in australia yet...grrrr)