What Do You Do After Your iPod Fills Up? *Storage Suggestions*

Discussion in 'iPod' started by SamIchi, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    I'm about to go over 40GB on my iTunes, and I have a 40 GB iPod (i know it's really like 37.xxGB). So I was thinkin' how i'm goin to keep my iPod updated now. I'd like to keep all my music on the iPod but of course I can't. What do you guys do?

    I was thinkin', maybe burn the albums, that I don't listen to that much, onto cds, and keep my iTunes library under 40GB. Or, just keep playlists updated? I don't really want to do either. Suggestions?
  2. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    I converted all of my files to AAC. That saved me ~2 gigs.
    I'm not a huge audiophile, so I can't really hear any difference.
  3. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    I keep all of my music on an 250 GB external hard drive and have my iTunes advanced settings locate the "iTunes Music" folder there. As a safeguard I have everything backed up on a second hard drive as well as DVDs.

    My iTunes: 29084 items, 113.5 days,, 194.51 GB
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    When I ran out of room on my 2G 10GB, I created a Smart Playlist that only included songs I had listened to at least once. I happened to have enough songs that I had never listened to in my collection for this to work. When it stopped working, I just upped the number so that only songs that had a playcount of 2 or more worked.

    I also had additional playlists to include new songs that I hadn't listened to yet, but wanted them on the iPod anyways. This worked until I got my 5G. Now my iPod is off with a friend...She's borrowing it to discover some new music.
  5. Whyren macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2004
    east of the West and west of the East
    I use a ridiculously complex system of smart playlists for my overflowing 10 GB.

    One single playlist contains all the listings from two playlists:

    One playlist (any of the following, limited to 9040 MB, selected by most recently played):
    From any of the following playlists:
    •Purchased Music
    •Playlist for selecting shuffle songs (i.e. my more-likely-to-be-played/favorites
    •Recently Added (w/in 3 months, though I guess this is redundant)
    •Top 100 most played (overall)
    •Top 100 most played (in last year)
    •Radio songs
    Is from a favorite genre
    Is from a particular set of artists
    Is from a particular set of albums
    Is anything added in the last 12 months
    Is anything with a playcount greater than 4
    Is anything that's last played was screwed up by the shuffle (blasted lack of internal clock)

    Another playlist containing 200 MB of the most recently added that has never been played (to give the new stuff a chance)

    When I update my iPod, I uncheck everything in my library, then check everything in the main iPod playlist and allow auto-updating. Of course, the addition of videos (and my subsequent lacking of iPod that plays them) complicates this a bit more.
  6. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
  7. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    Smartplaylist of course. That's how I got around my 12gb collection and a 2gen 6gig mini.
  8. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Just uncheck all those albums that you know you're never going to listen to on the move: Tibetan throat singing, Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, that kind of thing...
  9. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    I create a new playlist, naturally called 20GB iPod, and throw as much music as will fit. Then I just turn on manual update. In conjunction with smart playlists, the music is always with me. Make sure to uncheck audiobooks, porno soundtracks, musicals, spoken word albums and bible study lessons.
  10. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Hee. Tibetan throat singing... don't think I've heard that... but have you heard the Bosnian highlands singing? Not my favorite genre, that's for sure. :p But no need to knock on the musicals (not a viable problem considering I'm too poor to buy those CDs)!
  11. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    OMG is that what the check is for? Dear God! I think you just solved my problem. Cause i still wanted to keep my collection in my itunes. :D I'm stupid.
  12. EGT macrumors 68000


    Sep 4, 2003
    I did this recently. I started clearing out a whole load of junk from my hard drive too. I went from having 4GBs free to 27GBs.

    I must admit though, I'm tempted to do the dual library thing like Blue Velvet. AAC for iPod and then a separate library all Lossless.

    But it would take ages.
  13. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Hey...Jesus Christ Superstar is timeless!
  14. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    If I do this, can I still create MP3 CDs???
  15. fklehman macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2005
    Newark, DE
    Do you save any space by cutting out all album artwork? May not make much of a difference by itself, but every little bit helps.

    It'd be cool to have some kind of "random fill" option where every time you connect your iPod, iTunes will replace, say, 10-20% of the songs on your iPod at a time with different songs from your larger collection (assuming your aollection is too big to fit onto the iPod). Or you could set the percentage.
  16. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    Mongolian throat singing on the other hand ...
  17. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2005
    You get another iPod with larger capacity...
  18. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    I dunno.

  19. Labi macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2005
    Why would you need your complete library on your iPod? 37Gb will get you going for 26 days of non stop listening. Are saying that this doesn't do it for you? You need more space!?
    It's amazing how everyday more and more people on this forum are concerned with irelevant issues rather then the joy of music. Free your spirit and listen to the music.
  20. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    i just got rid off all the artists i have huge amounts of (ie i have like 600ish beatles tracks; i took all of it off the ipod, etc.) and once that wasn't enough i just said "screw it" and haven't added anything new.
  21. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    not through itunes. itunes needs mp3 files to create an mp3 cd. i dont know if toast'll do it on mac, and i'm doing something cpu-intensive right now so i can't try it with nero on my pc.
  22. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    You can, but in compressing them to AAC you'll lose quality, then you'll lose more converting them back to MP3.
  23. the dr macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2005

    all legal i suppose..... :D

    i thought my collection was big with 45 days of music.

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