Resolved Now That The Dust Has Settled, 32gb or 64gb?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mjschabow, May 31, 2016.

  1. mjschabow macrumors 68000

    Dec 25, 2013
    Hi all. I'm going to purchase a new 4th generation but wondering if 32gb will be enough or if anyone has actually run out of space on the 32gb version.
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
  3. John_Hagan macrumors member


    Feb 11, 2016
    I've had a 32gb since December and I haven't come close to needing more space. I only use it for streaming movies and watching sports. If you plan on using it for a lot of games, then maybe the 64gb would be better.
  4. rolsskk macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008
    I've got a 64gb as I thought I'd actually be able to download things eventually, but the primary usage of my ATV is for streaming (Plex, Netflix, HBO, etc). I'm looking at my storage right now, and I've got maybe 200mb being used - total.
  5. mjschabow thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 25, 2013
    Oh wow. Thanks all for the feedback sounds like 32 will be fine for me. I do plan on downloading some games but not hundreds of them or anything
  6. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    No issues with my 32GB model here either. I have installed a few games, but not many.
  7. DJLAXL macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2014
  8. playaproved macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2005
    I bought a 64GB when they first launched and it seems to me that I wasted $50. I'm getting ready to pick up two more ATV4, and they will both be 32GB units.
  9. CarlJ macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    I have the 64GB model, with a lot of apps on it, many more than I actually need (the majority of the apps on my AppleTV are ones that came along for the ride because I already had them on iOS - my AppleTV spends 95% of its time in Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Apple Music, The Bat Player, and TWiTtv, all streaming). I just checked, and I have perhaps 10 apps that are using nearly 200MB of storage each, and all told it's using 31GB of storage. But, if it were a 32GB model, the least recently used ones of those apps simply wouldn't have all their assets cached, and they'd reload when needed - and the most recently/often used would of course have everything cached, so you'd rarely notice.

    I'd say that, unless you play hundreds of different games regularly that all use tons of assets, _and_ you can't bear a few seconds of loading time, then 32GB should be totally fine. 64GB won't really have a use unless/until Apple changes tvOS to keep more stuff on the device per app (e.g. if it kept tens of gigabytes of music or video on-board). Then again, who knows what changes to tvOS will be announced next week at WWDC? ;)
  10. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
  11. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    64GB is the future-proof option that guarantees your device will have room to grow for years to come. As always, cheap out now pay later
  12. CarlJ macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    I'd generally agree with your sentiment, but in this case, I wonder if they'll add vital hardware changes before they come up with a use for the remaining memory. Still, I'm not devastated that I bought the 64GB model ;)
  13. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I'm still keeping the dream alive of an n64 & PlayStation emulator
    So I went with the 64gb
    Currently with provenance I have 40gb of free space
  14. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    I'm not losing sleep over having bought the 64GB model, but so far hasn't been able to make a dent and I have a LOT of apps and games.
  15. AL2TEACH macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2007
    Denver, CO.
    I have the 64GB and I'm very happy for the just in case space.
  16. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    I'm completely fine with getting the 32GB. I have all entertainment apps installed (20 in total) and still have plenty of spce available.
  17. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    All 4 of ours are 32 GB. We don't use them for games so didn't think the larger capacity ones were necessary.
  18. s15119 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2010
  19. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Some people will run out of space and some won't. It will be determined by your individual use. Another persons use won't represent your own use.
  20. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    COSTCO has the 64GB for $159. Bought one recently. About the same price as 32GB at Apple. If I had the 32gb model it would almost be full (using about 28gb). I think most could get away with 32gb model. However, Apple could reduce the restrictions on the use of the memory then 64gb could be small. My Live TV App has a buffer that is current 16gb. Not sure I could use it if I only had the 32gb version with everything else I have on it. But not sure. For me the COSTCO price makes it a no brainer to get the 64gb from them.
  21. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    isn't the memory only for level downloads, or part of it is also used for caching movies/TV shows like on the 3rd gen ?

    storage vs memory i know, but kinda same caching.
  22. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I have the 32GB version and since most of my usage is via streaming on the usual apps, YouTube, Netflix HBOGo and such, storage space is a non-issue for me.
  23. Mortis360 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2013
    I got the 64GB model at launch, but I`m nowhere near using that space, I wouldn`t be anywhere to use the space on a 32GB even with the apps that I use it for, I`m gonna get a 2nd one with 32GB now that I can get it cheap.

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