Is the 8GB enough for everything?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by puma7, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. puma7 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008
    Okay, so I've got around maybe 500 songs, some videos, and expect that number to only increase (not drastically)...

    Including the OS, apps, music, etc... will I have enough room to future-proof my iPod for a couple years?

    I have enough for an 8GB and really don't want to spend more than $210 on an iPod (eBay).
  2. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    I have about 500 songs and 600+ pictures on my iPod touch and I'm only using almost exactly 2 gb +/- a few hundred mb.

    I could have got away with an 8gb iPod touch but I got this one as a gift, so I can't complain.
  3. archurban macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    I have over 5000 songs in my itunes. but do I listen to all? NO. I made shuffle playlist that my touch changes to other songs everytime I synch. so I can say that 8GB is enough. if you don't satisify, and want to save all, why don't you buy ipod classic? it's 160GB.
  4. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I have 450 songs on an iPod touch at the moment, plus 1 full length movie (Babel), 2 episodes of Meet the Press (50-minute video podcasts), 5 music videos, 6 apple ads for iPods / iTunes / iPod touch, and 2 episodes of the first season of HBO's tv show The Wire.

    So okay, first of all your actual capacity of the 8Gb iPod touch is like 7.3Gb or somthing like that. But with all that stuff on it, right now I have 3.1 Gb left. I switch out the movies, podcasts, TV shows and maybe half the music from time to time. Most of the time I leave those same Apple ads and the same music videos on there since I really like them.

    I usually cart around somewhat more TV shows, five or six episodes. But they each take up like half a Gb or better apiece. You can delete any video items by a leftwards swipe if you want to ditch them after viewing, so you're getting back space for your next reload as you go along instead of waiting to scratch them off when you next connect to your machine. Makes it go faster then.
  5. aa77 macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2007
    8gb is good to go

    I just got an 8gb ipod touch over the weekend and am loading it up as i write this...while I had wanted a larger one before, I find that 8gb is actually a perfect ammount of space and keeps your content to a manageable level...assuming that you will be in front of your computer more than once a week and can swap songs, videos out...8gb its plenty of space to host a wide varierty of content.

    before this ipod i had a 2nd generation 10gb that was only for music...but i felt like it was more than enough space....I have 50gb worth of music alone on my computer as well as countless tv shows and movies...i think i would be overwhelmed to carry so much music with me all the time...with my 8gb..I can really narrow down my collection to the best of the best...or at least the content that is to my liking at that moment.

    the only thing i worry about is the size of many of the upcomming software avaliable thru the app store...I imgaine there will be a lot of great programs popping up and I can easily see them taking up at least 1/2 gb of memory if I plan on adding a lot of them...hopefully not too much more.

    but to sum it all up....8gb is a perfect ammount of space.
  6. copydeskcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    One word: playlists.

    I have a mate who has 90GB of songs on his 160GB iPod classic. He hates the idea of not having all of his tunes with him when he's out. However, he spends most of his time listening to the first few seconds of a track, then flicking ahead to the next one.

    8GB should be enough for most people, unless you also want a couple of movies on there too - in which case, the 16GB Touch would probably be more than enough.

    I have about 14GB of songs in my iTunes library, most of which I don't want to listen to regularly - so I'd say well under half of that is going to be songs that I want to be able to access when I'm out and about(about 6GB). The rest of the space on my 32GB Touch (when I get it) will be used for apps and videos.
  7. PMB macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2007
    New York
    i have an 8 gig, and it suits me perfectly, i like to watch my movies on my laptop, but if i put movies on my pod, i would have gone for the 32 gig

    so it depends if you want the room, or the cheapness
  8. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    in my case, for a touch i think it's enough (it was for me) for a phone, i dont know, becaus eo fteh camera video and stuff take supa lot of space..
  9. amusiccale macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    Your use of space will probably be quite dependent on what bitrate your music happens to be at (whether you're a 320 or a 128 kbps person really alters how much music will fit) and whether you intend to watch movies. But moving the entire library over might be a little difficult if you're planning to stuff it full of apps as well. Or if your library is over 6gb.
  10. mekopolis macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008

    that 8 gig and 16 gig is the unformatted advertised amount of space, much like any harddrive or flash card

    after being formatted, having the O/S installed, and the basic applications like the ipod software, google maps, and everything that comes pre-loaded you are really only left with 7.2 gigs of actual loadable space...I dont know if that is the nubmer, but i know it is not actually 8 gigs just because of formatting the flash drives

    something to keep in mind
  11. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    Yes, it's enough and I have one. I like it a lot too and wouldn't trade it for any other iPod. :)
  12. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    I have a large iTunes library, and a large movie library. I have a 16gb touch and it is not enough. It is enough for shuffle lists and random songs, a few playlists, and a few movies, but I would rather get the largest size possible to hold as much as possible.

    For you, the 8gb seems to fit your needs. With only 500 songs and a few movies, you will have plenty of left over space to fill up over time.
  13. bndoarn macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2008
    i have a 8gb and sometimes i thinkit's not enough but really it's just fine. i have 586 songs, 70 picture, 1 audio podcast, and 1 video podcast. i have 4.2gb left. i don't have no other videos on there but when i went out of town this past weekend i put some on there to watch there and back and i fit two 2 hour movies on there and still had a little less than 1gb left.
  14. illidian macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    As others have said, with an 8GB model you'll find yourself both using playlists and re-syncing more often.
  15. Grentz macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
    Easiest thing to do is load your music into itunes and look at the totals at the bottom. Gives you an idea of how big your collection is if you wanted to sync everything.

    Personally I went for the 32gb touch as I have a ~22gb Music Collection and like to have most of it with me when I travel.
  16. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    My 8gb is just right for me. Sure it would be nice to have a 16gb, but I would still have it loaded with the same stuff I have now -- 657 songs, 4 music videos, 42 photos -- still have 3.6 gb left.
    I change out music everyday so this works perfect for me.
  17. copydeskcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    I'm seeing this sort of question crop up on a lot of Apple/iPod Touch forums:

    "Should I get an iPod Touch now, or wait until July 11/September?"

    "Should I go for an 8GB Touch or a 16GB Touch?"

    It's generally always based on the current price of the bottom and middle-ranged drive size - never the 32GB one.

    It would be fascinating to hear Apple's marketing perspective on it.

    The basic iPod Touch is $299 for 8GB, and the new 3G iPhone will be an up-front cost of $199 (yes, we know you'll be paying more than that in subscription fees - but it all depends on how you view it etc. etc.). No matter what way you look at it, you're getting the same product (well, the 8GB iPhone is better than the 8GB iPod Touch in numerous ways) for $100 fewer. It simply doesn't make sense from a marketing perspective for the Touch.

    Also, you can pick up an 8GB Nano for $199 - much cheaper than the 8GB Touch - and despite the multi-touch features and other enhanced capabilities of the Touch, the 8GB Nano is a fine gadget with many plusses over the Touch in certain areas.

    I could be wrong here, but as far as I can tell, Apple has traditionally offered a maximum of two capacity options for each iPod in the range, which makes it seem all the more odd that the Touch is available in three capacity options. It's the sort of consumer choice that causes people to dither and simply not make a purchase. (I don't want to invoke Godwin's Law here, but as Hitler said: "When you offer a child the choice of a piece of meat, an apple, or a cake, it's never the meat that he chooses. There's an ancestral instinct there.")

    What is my point here?

    Well, I have a strong suspicion the 8GB Touch will vanish as of 11 July and the 32GB option will come down by $100 to $399 - the 8GB chips will be used to bolster stock of the 3G iPhone.

    I have no information to back this up, but it makes sense from a manufacturing and marketing position.

    I'm holding off until 23 July to get my 32GB Touch; it'll give me the best chance of catching a price drop, and the 2.0 software update for free - but I'm not going to wait any longer than that, as I'll be back home in the UK, and I'm not prepared to pay almost $140 more for a 32GB Touch than my friends in the States.
  18. whiteness macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    get 16 / 32gb ipod touch...
    theres no update hardware for ipodtouch expect the firmware 2.0
  19. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    It will last for a while, and by the time you run out of storage, a 32 GB iPod might be the low-end model and cheaper than the price difference that you would pay today. As long as storage grows and gets cheaper as it does today, it doesn't make financial sense to make storage "future-proof" for more than a year.
  20. crmccashin macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2008
    "Everything?", but plenty for myself and most users.
  21. sharp65 macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    I personally wish I got the 16gb as the 8gb model fills up very quickly. I have about 850 songs and 15 podcasts and I have a little over 2gb of space left. I'm just worried about not having enough space for apps when the store launches.
  22. The Mav macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    I bought an 8gb for "PDA type" usage. In the field I'm entering, it works great. (At some point, though, I will need to get a data plan on my cell service). I have about 750 songs on it, mainly for road trips. I have a 60gb, and have 9500 songs, so I usually use that around work and the house.

    WiFi is great, just wish it was offered in more places. Apple should charge a monthly fee and put WiFi everywhere (logisitically, don't know if it can be done).
  23. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    I have a lot of music videos and some movies, so 8GB's isn't enough for me.

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