I Really Need Help

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by DarkGoddess, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. DarkGoddess macrumors newbie

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    Recently I ran out of storage on my Mac and found out that about 50% of it was my audio files (I love audiobooks) I want to store them on a cloud storage then delete them off my computer to free up a heck of a lot of space.

    None of the books are bought through iTunes some are from Audible and some are from CD's then converted via Audiobook Builder.

    I don't want a cloud storage that just streams I'm rarely near wifi when working so I need to download them off the cloud storage directly to my ipod touch so I can listen to them any time I want.

    My ipod is a 5th gen running on 7.1.2 if that helps.

    I'm totally lost on this issue so any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    If you're just going to download them from "cloud storage" to your device, what's the point of using cloud storage? When you download them to your device, they'll just be taking up the same amount of space.

    The only way to do it would just have some on there at a time, delete them, then add others..
     
  3. DarkGoddess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I want to free up space on my Mac, not my ipod. I want my books on my touch but I want to store them on a cloud so they are not taking up space on my computer at home.
     
  4. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Got it. Try Dropbox? You can upload them there. Then, through the app on your phone, you can download and I think (play) the audiobook file from there.
     
  5. DarkGoddess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    unless I'm being obtuse I can't download my books to my ipod. It says it can't even view the file.
     
  6. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    All of your Audible books are already stored on the Audible.com cloud. Just download the Audible app and sign in. Download from your library even if you are not a current subscriber.
     
  7. DarkGoddess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Only some of my books are from Audible. Most of them aren't.
     
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Why bother with the cloud if you aren't going to stream them? How about just getting an external hard drive?
     
  9. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    As mentioned, and external HDD would be a good option. If you can upgrade your internal drive that's always an option too, but not sure what mac you're using.

    I've got limited space (rMBP 256GB) so I use a large 4TB external disk for my whole media library. Works great. I'm guessing an inexpensive 1-2TB drive would be sufficient in your case for audiobooks, but I don't know what 50% of your drive is. Also keep backups if you don't already. :cool:
     
  10. AndreaTa macrumors regular

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    Use Dropbox, my friend. You can think that Dropbox is a new storage and you can use it everytime.
     
  11. DarkGoddess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your responses. I want a cloud becasue they are far more reliable than a external hard drive since I've had 4 external hard drives that lost all my data, none of them the cheap brands. I don't trust them at all.

    I wouldn't have the faintest idea how to upgrade my internal storage. I have a iMac, early 2009.

    As for Dropbox I can't get my ipod to download anything from it.

    If anyone knows how to download them from dropbox please let me know.
     
  12. AndreaTa macrumors regular

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    @DarkGoddess: you must copy data from cloud (dropbox) to your computer, then you copy them to your ipod. And at last, you should data which you have copied from your computer.
     
  13. DarkGoddess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's how it works? Darn, that's kind of useless to me. I want this stuff off my computer. I want to be able to download it directly onto my ipod.

    Is there anything that can download it directly to the ipod? Cut out the computer altogether?
     
  14. saudor macrumors 6502

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    External drive is the way to go. If you don't trust them like I don't, run multiple backups. Backups of that external is good. hard drives are so cheap these days.

    (I currently have a 120gb SSD + 1 TB internal backed up to 2x 2 TB) The SSD which holds the OS along with critical data files is further imaged to another portable HD which i keep on campus. A 4th COPY of my critical files are mirrored to dropbox - bringing the total copies to 5 including the original.

    Overkill maybe but i rather be safe than sorry!
     
  15. DarkGoddess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I spoke to Apple this morning apparently there is no way for me to do what I wanted so I'll return to my lovely Classic and return the Touch since it can't do what I want and my Classic works just fine for me.

    Thank you everyone for trying to help I really appreciate it.
     
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    How does going back to the classic help? Don't you still have to have the audio files on your computer first in order to put them on the classic?

    If you are thinking of copying the audio files to the classic and deleting them from the computer, keep in mind that the classic is just another external hard drive, and as likely to fail as any other hard drive. You should really have at least two copies of your files, one on the classic and one somewhere else, if they are important to you.
     
  17. DarkGoddess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry I didn't clarify. I'm going to do 2 backups on external hard drives then run iTunes off another
     
  18. AxoNeuron, Aug 20, 2014
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    It's super easy to do this with Dropbox. Just upload the file to Dropbox. Then, in the Dropbox app on the iPod touch, just slide your finger across the file from left to right and tap on the star button, that will download it to the iPod and you can listen to it later without internet.

    If you have a lot of audiobooks though you will have to pay for cloud storage. Or you could get a Western Digital My Cloud, which is a wireless external drive, put the audiobooks on there, and then inside of the My Cloud app on the iPod, download that file to the device. You can even access the My Cloud outside of your house if you have internet, or download them to the device at home (or elsewhere) and listen to them offline. It's only $149 for 2TB.

    The My Cloud is basically like creating your own Dropbox.
     
  19. DarkGoddess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's a great idea But I wish you had responded sooner since I've already returned by ipod:eek:

    It was a little too expensive for me since it didn't seem to be working out like I had envisioned. I think I'll wait until around Christmas time to get another (maybe I can ask family to pitch in to buy one for me:)) or maybe the gen 6 might come out.

    But the idea is fantastic, have you done it yourself? If so how was download time?
     
  20. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

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    Yep! I listen to a lot of audiobooks as well. Because I do keep them all saved on my computer (and backed up on a secondary drive as well), I don't need to keep them all in the cloud, so I can save them to dropbox a few at a time and then listen to those and delete them when I'm finished and upload more.

    I don't own the Western Digital My Cloud, but I have used my friend's a few times and it's excellent I am planning on purchasing one soon. It obviates the need for Dropbox or similar cloud services.
     
  21. divideby macrumors member

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    Forget dropbox, use Google Play Music. It will automatically upload your audiobooks and store them there so you can delete them from your computer. You get a huge amount of space for free, way more than dropbox. This is what I use for audiobooks.

    Furthermore, on the iOS app you can select which ones to store locally.
     
  22. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

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    Ya Google services gives way more free and cheap storage. Apple needs to get with the program. 5 gigs is pathetic. Especially since I don't even have to buy a darn thing from Google and they still give me all that space. I pay Apple so much $$$ and still get essentially zilch storage.
     

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