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trevorjburton Calculating status...
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Mar 23, 2013 6:46 AM

I have recently bought a 2GB shuffle. I have made up a playlist in iTunes of 234 songs which I want to transfer to the shuffle. However the bar at the base of the Itunes playlist states "234 songs, 14.8 hours, 8.2GB"  Surely this can't be right as Apple state that i should easily get 250 songs on the shuffle. Am I missing something here?!!

iPod shuffle, Windows 7
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (29,995 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 12:01 PM (in response to trevorjburton)

    The actual number of songs (that will fit into 2GB) depends on the size of each song.  If your songs are (on average) longer than a "typical" song, they will be larger in file size, so fewer will fit.  Also, the size depends on the compression rate used.  Compression reduces the sound quality, but also greatly reduces file size per song.  I think Apple goes by 256 kbps ACC ("iTunes Plus"), which is same type used for iTunes Store downloads; if you used a higher bit rate to encode the songs from CD, such as MP3 at 320 kbps, the file size will be larger per song, so again fewer will fit. 


    If you used a lossless format (no compression), such as Apple Lossless or AIFF, the file size per song will be MUCH larger.  On my 1GB shuffle, I currently have 141 songs (completely full using Autofill in iTunes).  Most of my songs are 256 kbps AAC.  So 234 songs taking up a whopping 8.2 GB seems like you are using a lossless format.


    Do a Get Info (in iTunes) on a few of the songs from the CD to check the file format being used.  On the Summary tab of the Info window, look for Kind. Size and Bit Rate may also be useful to know.


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