Is 64GB for iPod Touch overkill?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hajime, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello. I am considering to buy either the 32GB or 64GB iPod Touch. From the Apple website, it reads that the 32GB version can hold "Up to 7,000 songs", "Up to 40 hours video" while the 64GB version can hold twice as much. Does that mean the 32GB version can hold up to 7,000 songs AND 40 hours video? Since the new iPod Touch models do not have a camea, I cannot imagine most of us would need more than 32GB. Am I missing something? Can iPod Touch plays back PowerPoint or Keynote presentations? Usually how the storage are spent? I wonder if it is worth to pay extra to get the 64GB version. Thanks.
  2. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    64 GB iPod is overkill ONLY if you do not want to watch movies on/from the iPod. There are systems that allow you to output movies from the iPod to a TV, requiring higher resolution which requires larger files.

    In theory, you could carry around a complete digital library of 100s of movies on your iPod, in which case 64 GB is not enough.

    To each his own. ;)
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    64GB may be overkill for you but there are people who wants 1TB iPod... If I'd like to take my 97GB iTunes library to everywhere I would need A LOT space. Moreover apps and movies takes a lot space too and iTouch is perfect for movies and games
  4. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    This question makes no sense.

    If your iTunes library is nowhere near 64 GB, then it is overkill. If it is near or over 64 GB, then it is not. Some people have more than 64 GB of music. It all depends on the person. Sounds like you don't need 64 GB, but that only makes it overkill for you, not everyone.
  5. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    Once the capacity doubles next year, that's when I am buying one. My music alone is over 80GB not to mention all the 1TB+ I have of video.
  6. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    64GB is overkill if you have less than 32GB of content. If you have over 64GB of content it isn't big enough.
  7. OriginalFormula macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2009
    This is correct.

    Right now I only have around 3 gigs left on my 32GB iPod touch, and there's only music on it. In 2-3 years, it won't even fit. As people collect more music, their storage needs expand. Thankfully, the amount of available iPod storage also expands.
  8. MuDPHuDStudent macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hanover, NH
    I have a 16 gig touch right now (I'll give it away as soon as I get the new one) and just ordered the new 32 GB version. I have about 12 GB of music on my ipod (20 gigs total in my library, but a lot is music I never listen to). I keep about a GB of apps on my ipod and another couple of GBs of podcasts.

    Movies/TV shows are nice to have on the iPod. I rip my DVDs and re-encode them for the iPod. 200 MB/hour is typically a large enough file size to get the best resolution for the touch. Since I can only watch about 6 hours of movies on one full battery charge, there isn't much of need to keep more than a few GB of movies/tv shows on my iPod. I put the cost difference between the 32 GB and 64 GB ipod into a portable 500 GB external hard drive so that I can take my movie collection with me on the go (I don't want to fill my macbook hard drive with movies/tv so I keep them on an external).
  9. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    Wow, 64GB is more than my iBook G3... I got that just a few years ago and it was the top of the range model! :eek:

    Man, technology changes fast!

    Anyway, weather or not it's overkill depends on your needs I guess. I'm still struggling to fill my 16GB 3GS myself!
  10. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    My 32GB iPod touch holds just less than 1/3 of my iTunes library (all music by the way). I swap music to and from it all the time, and more often than not what I want to listen to isn't on the iPod at the right time.

    Whilst I love the iPod touch I'm getting the 160GB classic in a couple of weeks.
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    For me it would be. I don't need to carry my entire music collection with me. However, the extra space is nice as movies tend to need quite a bit of space.
  12. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    No. Either 7,000 songs or 40 hours of video. Although those estimate vary depending on the format, run time, etc.

    My 8 GB nano is running out of room (only 636 MB left). The whole music library for the entire family is only 2.93 GB, but I've got a ton of podcasts and videos and pictures.

    So the new iPod lineup puts me in a dilemma. The nano has a camera and FM tuner. The touch is the touch; full web browser, apps, etc. And the classic has a massive capacity.

    It'd probably be between the touch and classic for me, because the nano's camera isn't that great and it doesn't have a stainless steel back and it just looks goofy (IMO, first gen in white looked the best). If the touch (32 GB) can play standard-format videos, then that's the one for me.
  13. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    Personally I don't think it is overkill, and wish they did a 64gb iPhone aswell! It obviously depends on how much music you have, but when you start to add videos the space is eaten up fairly quickly! Also it depends on how many apps you want to download from the App store, as many are starting to be in the hundreds of megabytes! [​IMG]
  14. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Yea. The reason is that iPhone has space for only one NAND slot which can hold one NAND chip (aka "hard drive") while iTouch has sapce for two slots which means two times bigger capacity and because there are no 64GB chips available yet, 32GB is the max amount in iPhone now
  15. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    Here is my two cents;

    I have been waiting for an ipod touch to break 32GB for a long time. I have around 17GB of music however i also like to carry my music vids which top off at around 2GB. Add in some apps that I am already at 25 or more used. This is why I wanted the 32+ Touch. I want to carry all my music, all my music videos and a bunch of movies/tv shows. I don't think we will be seeing a 128GB touch for another couple of years.
  16. Sirobin macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2008
    I have 60 gigs of music, 77 gigs of TV shows, and 118 gigs of movies. 64 gigs is not overkill at all:D
  17. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Well they probably could have double stacked the chips…
  18. KillerWhale macrumors newbie


    Sep 12, 2009
    64 GB is far from overkill. The iPod 80GB sold really well for Apple. I have an 80GB iPod and it is completely full. The only thing that has kept from going to the touch is the pathetic amount of diskspace.
  19. gothamm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2007
    sorry...but that was captain obvious'ish...
  20. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    If you only listen to music, yeah. Probably.

    If you want to load your music, photos, a fair amount of videos/TV shows, email, doc.'s, and get some worthwhile app.'s, probably not.
  21. gatepc macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    I do not think it is overkill I don't plan to put movies on mine ether. I have TONS of music and apples suggestion for the amount of songs it can hold is based on 128 AAC audio I rip everything at 256 or 320 which takes up much more room I have about 50gbs of music
  22. ROGERWILCO357 macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    give away your ipod soon

    so where do I sign up for the free Ipod?
  23. overcast macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Yeh, and so is this entire thread.
  24. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    do you need all that all the time?
  25. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    120GB seems to be the magic number. I would buy a Classic but the screen is way too small. I watch Movies, Music Videos and TV Shows so I'm happy that Apple came out with the 64GB touch.

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