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Ipod 8gb  i cant fit any more music on it. what can I do  ?

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eccentricnags Calculating status...
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May 10, 2012 9:34 PM

my ipod has 458 songs on it and I cant fit any more, is there any way i can get more room on it for more music ?

iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)

    Nope. You would have to remove third-party apps or music files you don't want in order to free up space. Or you can sell it and buy a new one with more memory.

  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,140 points)

    You can remove stuff from the device.

  • Chelsea4 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    u can delete songs and put new ones

    delete photos

    selete games

    delete delete delete

  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,870 points)

    458 songs suggests that either you have a lot of something else on your iPod (such as photos, videos or very large Apps), or the songs are in a high bit rate format. Apple say you can fit approximately 1,750 songs on to an 8GB iPod, using a bit rate of 128Kbps and when each song is three (or is it four) minutes long.


    So if all your songs are eight to ten minutes long, that will reduce the total number you can have on there. On the other hand, even if they are all three minutes in length, if you have imported them (from CD for instance) at 256Kbps or even at 320Kbps, then once again that will reduce the total number you can put on there.


    Check one or two of your songs and check the import settings. If they are at a high bit rate, you should test for yourself to see if you can you hear the difference between that and the same song at 128Kbps. Try playing through whatever devices you normally use, headphones, dock , car etc.


    If you cannot hear the difference, then use the lower bit rate. That will save space, or more specifically, get back some of the space currently in use.

  • cliftonfromrichmond Level 3 Level 3 (790 points)

    eccentricnags wrote:


    wow. what you have said sounds brilliant .But Im just a 45 year old woman with minimal brain usage.

    I dont even know how to "check my songs" and I cant find the "import settings"

    So even though what you offer as advice, which sounds like the answer to all my problems.....I am far too stupid to follow through with any of it .... are you free for coffee some time this century ? jk ;]

    M'lady, what you need is someone who will walk you through the process.  I have the inclination, but unfortunately at this particular moment I do not have the time.


    However, I will monitor this message thread and as soon as I return from an appointment I will offer what assistance I can.


    All I need is some coffee with cream and sugar and some friendly repartee.


    Warmest Regards,



  • Kriptonis Calculating status...

    Can you ask your daughter to do it? It's an intermediate dificulty procedure but youngsters usually are familiar with it.

    Here are two links that might help:


    If you can't do it with iTunes, perhaps you can figure it out how to do it with FormatFactory

    1 - You download the program (it's free)

    2 - You run the program

    3 - Drag all your music from a Windows folder to the main screen of the program

    3 - In the left menu select audio and then "All to mp3"

    4 - Click on output Configurations (or the equivalent in your language) and a new window opens

    5 - in bitrate select 128 and click OK, then OK again

    6 - Click Start and wait for the program to Finish.

    7 - When finished Click in destination folder to go where FormatFactory stored the converted .mp3 files

    8 - Remove the old music files from your iPod and try to add the converted ones.

    9 - See if you have more space available.

  • the fiend Level 5 Level 5 (6,870 points)



    I was taking it one step at a time.... Follow the numbered steps I've provided below so that we can confirm exactly which format your songs are in and therefore whether we can recover some of the space being used up.


    I believe you will find the FormatFactory procedure uneccessary until we know which format are your existing songs in. And if I'm right, iTunes can do everything you need.


    To check the import settings used when you import your CDs to iTunes;

    1. Select (from the top menu bar in your iTunes) Edit/Preferences
    2. Select Import Settings (towards the bottom of that tab)
    3. What does the drop-down menu - Import Using: say?
    4. Also what does the drop-down menu - Setting: say?

    Unless you have changed these settings, it will be the format of the songs already in your Library that you imported from your CDs.


    If you have imported songs from somewhere else, such as MP3s from iTunes Store, Amazon or any other retailer, you should check at least one each of those songs to confirm which format they are in. (We probably already know, but it's worth you checking.)


    If you have imported songs from any other source, such as an artist's website or your daughter's library etc, then you need to check each different source too, since we need to confirm exactly what is using your space.


    This is how to check for songs that are already in your Library:

    1. Highlight a song in your iTunes/Music Library.
    2. Select File/Get Info/Summary and look for the heading (on the tab that appears) Bit Rate. What does that say?
    3. Look also for the heading Kind, what is it? (This tells us whether you're using MP3 or Apple's AAC format etc.)


    So - can you list here:

    • Import Setting - Import Using: ---
    • Import Setting - Bit Rate: ---

    and for existing songs, one from each different source:

    • File/Get Info/Summary>Kind: ???
    • File/get Info/Summary/Bit Rate: ???

    and we'll take it from there.


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