6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 18, 2008 4:12 PM by Allan Sampson
marcoad Level 1 Level 1
How much space does a movie purchased or rented take from the iphone hard drive? should i get a 8GB or 16GB? i also get alot of people that say i should wait till next year when apple gets all the bugs cleared up. thanks in advance ladies and gentleman!!!
  • Noiseboy2006 Level 3 Level 3
    Depends on the length obviously but an average movie takes around 800mb in iPhone format. The 16GB would be my choice but if I were you I'd wait for the 3G version.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10
    I haven't purchased a movie from the iTunes Store that is less than 1GB in size. My movies range from 1.09 to 1.62GB in size. As with music, this depends on the length of the movie and probably some other factors.

    FYI - the iPhone and iPod Touch do not have hard drives. Both have Flash drives.

    In regards to storage capacity, IMO it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. The same applies when deciding on the available hard drive capacity when purchasing a computer.

    For $100 more with the iPhone, you get double the storage capacity. With the iTunes app store becoming available this June along with firmware update 2.0, which will provide for installing approved 3rd party software, I recommend going with the 16GB if spending $100 more is in your budget.

    More than likely the available storage capacity for the iPhone will increase somewhat over time as the cost of Flash storage continues to drop and this technology improves.

    Apple is releasing a 3G iPhone sometime this year, so there will likely be some bugs associated with the 2nd generation iPhone, and the same for the 3rd generation, and so on. Doubtful there will ever be a time the iPhone is completely bug free for everyone, just as with computers. Long story short, if you wait for this, you will probably be waiting a long time.
  • Noiseboy2006 Level 3 Level 3
    I believe the iTunes movies are compressed for iPod hi res not specifically for the iPhone. The Quicktime iPhone settings are much more economical in terms of space.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10
    I just checked the size of the two movies I have on my iPhone, and the size of each on my iPhone matches the size of the movies in iTunes.
  • Noiseboy2006 Level 3 Level 3
    I've been using the Elagato Turbo.264 to encode for the iPhone. The last one I did came out at 840Mb for a movie length of 1h57m. Encodes in iPod hi-res come out at about the same as the iTunes store movies. If you look at the video dimensions of downloaded movies you'll note that they are 640 by 360 which is far bigger than the iPhone screen dimensions.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10
    The OP's question was how much storage space do movies purchased or rented from the iTunes Store take.

    I'm sure there are some iTunes movies that take up less space than 1GB, but none of the movies I've purchased from the iTunes Store are less than 1GB in size.

    I've ripped my own movies from DVD, and similar length movies to those purchased from the iTunes Store takes up less space. What is shown in iTunes for the size of a movie regardless if ripped or purchased from the iTunes Store, is identical to the size of the movie on the iPhone.