Real amount of memory on ipod touch

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by seamustry, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. seamustry macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2008
    how much memory will i actually get if i get 8gb ipod touch?

    i saw somewhere that actual memory on 16gb touch is 14.5gb!!

    (just like computer hard drive...i have 60gb but actual capacity is 55.6gb)
  2. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000


    Oct 15, 2007
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    The memory available to the user will always be less than the advertised size.

    One reason is the OS takes up space.
  4. Strategy macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2008
    My 8gb first gen touch with the 2.0 upgrade was like 7.02 gigs after a fresh restore.
  5. bndoarn macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2008
    8gb is really 7.1gb. maybe less on the new one because of the nike+ app
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley

    another reason is the whole bits and bytes difference. companies always advertise bits i think, but the computers use bytes so there is a difference. i think i switched it around but you get the point.
  7. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    False. They'd be advertizing eight times as much if this were the case. I don't know if that's why he's in Time-Out or not, but it's important to note that he's wrong.

    OP, it has to do with the fact that HDD manufacturers consider 1TB to be 1,000GB (10^3 of whatever previous) while operating systems consider it to be the real size of 1,024GB (the binary size of 2^10). That's why a 1TB HDD is only around 936GB; the OS sees it as 936GB, each one being 1,024MB instead of 1,000MB.
  9. M. Poirot macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2008
    Hi there,

    The iPod touch/iPhone OS is about 240MB at the moment (has been as high as 245MB but it's been refined for 2.1) So your 8GB will be less 240MB.....but you have to take into account the amount of space 'lost' when you fomat any drive.
    I have an 8GB touch and it's capacity is 7.1GB once it's formatted and the OS is on it.
    I have 678 songs, a 2 hr movie and numerous music videos on it together with lots of apps and still have 2.3GB left so don't worry!
    Hope this helps.

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