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"Other" category in iTunes capacity bar

17667 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 6, 2007 3:44 AM by kylo4 RSS
Desiderata Calculating status...
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I'm trying to figure out, what constitutes the "Other" category in the new bar in iTunes 7 that breaks down what's on the iPod. Theres about 7 GB on my 30 GB iPod which is attributed to "Audio", "Video", and "Photos" and to me that seems about right. Then, there's 4.1 GB of "Other" and I can't figure out what that is.

So please, someone help me; what is other? Do I need it? And can I delete it to free up that 4 Gigs on my iPod?

Gateway something-or-other   Windows XP  
  • slcossio Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2006 12:32 AM (in response to Desiderata)
    Well, is your ipod set to "enable disk use"? I do, i use my ipod sometimes at school to carry around documents and stuff, and it works as a backup for some things i don't wanna lose.

    You could check this by seeing what's on your ipod, just as you would on any USB, then you'd see what is on your ipod.
  • TomS64 Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Sep 23, 2006 12:34 AM (in response to slcossio)
    Games also go to "others".
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,440 points)
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    Sep 23, 2006 1:05 AM (in response to Desiderata)
    Preference list, bookmarks, playlists?
    17" iMac 1.8ghz G5 2GB 12" iBook 1.2ghz 512mb 1.66ghz mini, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • nicolab Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2006 1:20 AM (in response to Johnathan Burger)
    does album art downloaded automatically from the store go there as well or is that stored under audio ?
    pc, Windows XP
  • FRosTyGeNiuS Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2006 10:56 AM (in response to Desiderata)
    when your ipod is set to enable disk use, all the files you put on it when you use it as an external hard drive constitute as OTHER i.e: documents, software installers etc.. even photos and music files that you put on your ipod by not using itunes and simply dragging and dropping them on the external hard drive icon in My Computer will count as OTHER files.
    Pentium 4, Windows XP Pro
  • FRosTyGeNiuS Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Sep 23, 2006 10:58 AM (in response to nicolab)
    album art downloaded automatically from the store is integrated into your mp3 files and is not put into OTHERS
    Pentium 4, Windows XP Pro
  • nicolab Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Sep 23, 2006 11:55 AM (in response to FRosTyGeNiuS)
    ok thanks for that

    no idea at all why mine shows at 2gig then - my podcasts will show in audio and the video casts in video

    i sync'd everything via i-tunes - never bother with drag and drop cause half the time it doesnt work

    oh well - never mind
    pc, Windows XP
  • fartymenams Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2006 2:28 PM (in response to FRosTyGeNiuS)
    album art downloaded automatically from the store is
    integrated into your mp3 files and is not put into
    OTHERS



    That's not true. Navigate through your folders on the iPod -- you'll find that you have a folder containing Album Art. Mine's nearly 900MB.
    a grey one, Windows XP Pro, it beeps at me
  • FRosTyGeNiuS Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Sep 24, 2006 11:57 PM (in response to fartymenams)
    oops.. sorry.. my bad. thanks for info.
    Pentium 4, Windows XP Pro
  • rowman2 Calculating status...
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    Sep 27, 2006 6:50 AM (in response to FRosTyGeNiuS)
    I have not enabled disk use and still have 10 gb of Other.
    any other ideas how to find out what it is. As so many people seem to have the same problem, i am surprised that apple have not issued anything. They should know what it is.
    Windows XP
  • JulesQ Calculating status...
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    Oct 11, 2006 2:46 PM (in response to rowman2)
    I restored my iPod and it took away all but >1mg of "Other" space...it only took a couple of minutes.

    Good Luck.
    G4, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Laporbo Calculating status...
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    Jan 6, 2007 1:30 AM (in response to JulesQ)
    Same issue here.

    Brand new 80GB video iPod. On first connect it updated the iPod software. I have iTunes 7. Not disk enabled, have no photos, games, notes, videos yet.

    I have 21GB taken up by about 6100 songs. Maybe 150 of those songs were purchased via iTunes. Only the iTunes downloads have album art, the remaining songs have none.

    All of this and I have nearly 160MB of "OTHER". What gives?

    The only thing it could be (other than regular system files, etc.) is the album art, correct? Then that would make each album art nearly 1MB. Is that true?

    If so, then that is insane and I want to know if there is a way to remove album art from my iTunes purchased songs.

    If album art isn't usually 1MB then why are mine or what else could it be?
    iPod 80GB video, Windows XP Pro
  • kylo4 Calculating status...
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    Jan 6, 2007 3:44 AM (in response to Laporbo)
    I almost have a gb of other but I haven't enabled disk use. But I have over 100 videos and at least 3600 pieces of album art so that could be contributing to it.
    MDG, Windows XP, I have an 80 gb white ipod

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