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iTunes iphone summary showing audio files in "other"

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I set my 5s up from scratch, forgoing a restore from backup. Without thinking, I also turned on iTunes Match right away instead of syncing the audio files I wanted on the iPhone and then turning on iTunes Match. I clumsily downloaded 28.5 GB of music, playlist by playlist. On my 4s this same music added up to just over 23 GB of music, but iTM was loading more 256 Kbps songs than I had previously had. I like to keep my backups on my MBP (10.8.5, iTunes 11.1.1) and after the first few syncs the summary showed 28.5 GB of audio. Then the summary started indicating that "Audio" was 19.5 GB and "Other" was 13.5 GB (instead of the previous 2ish GB). Clearly, audio files are being accounted as "Other". It keeps shifting over- now I have 17.3 GB of audio and 16.7 GB of other. Music is playing fine and a quick scan of my playlists shows that the music I want stored locally is, in fact, downloaded. This is obviously not an emergency, however I am concerned about how whittled down my "audio" section is going to get, while "other" bloats to near 30 GB. Any ideas are welcome, although I really don't want to restore the phone.




  • brenden dv Community Specialists Community Specialists (2,480 points)

    Hi Field Lab,


    If you have reports of unusually large "Other" storage on your iPhone, you may find the Resolution portion of the following article helpful:


    iOS: "Not enough free space" alert when trying to sync



    - Brenden


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