Why is non-embedded artwork taking up 500% more space on iPod Classic

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Max Dread, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Max Dread, Dec 28, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2015

    Max Dread macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2014
    [Original Post here. Updated Post below]

    Hi all

    I loaded a bunch of albums onto my iPod Classic using Foobar's iPod Manager (foo_dop). The mp3s on my PC do NOT have artwork embedded. Rather, there is a cover.jpg file per album stored in the folder along with the mp3s.

    Everything is displaying fine on the iPod, so there is no issue as such. I am just trying to save as much space on the iPod as possible and so want to make sure that foo_dop did not embed the artwork whilst doing the transfer.

    Is there any way I can check for sure?

    [If it helps to know, in the preferences for foo_dop, I have "Add artwork to files sent to iPod" ticked. In source script I have "cover". The two items below this are unticked.]

    Just to add, on my iPod I have the following sizes in the Artwork folder:

    ArtworkDB - 482kB
    F1055_1.ithmb - 24MB
    F1060_1.ithmb - 150MB
    F1061_1.ithmb - 4.51MB

    Yet all of the jpegs on my PC hard drive total 34.5MB.

    So now I'm not too sure what's going on!


  2. Max Dread, Jan 10, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2015

    Max Dread thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2014
    [Updated Post]

    Hi all

    I have since been able to verify that the album artwork is not being embedded in the transfer process. I looked at the metadata properties for some of the mp3s on there and no artwork was showing. I just have one cover.jpg file per album on my PC.

    If anyone has a moment (anyone who does not embed artwork that is), would you mind comparing your computer's Hard Drive and your iPod in terms of how much space they use for the same artwork?

    I know we're not talking big numbers here. But if this continues, when the iPod is full I estimate it will be using around 500MB for album art more than my PC.... Unnecessarily.... That's another 10-15 albums worth of music. Plus, I'm a perfectionist with a hint of OCD.

  3. Max Dread thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2014
    Well, an update has come from another forum and I thought I would post it here in case others stumble here in the future searching for an answer to the same question.

    Apparently, the non-embedded artwork on the iPod is in an uncompressed format instead of JPG and therefore takes up more space. Seems a bit odd, seeing as I am loading jpegs onto the iPod. I can only presume the iPod decompresses them at some stage.


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