How to Create Free Space on Your iPod

by Sophie Southern

As of February 2011, Apple manufactures four iPod models: the iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Touch and iPod Shuffle. The iPod Classic is available with 160 gigabytes (GB) of storage space; the iPod Nano is available with 8 GB or 16 GB of storage space; the iPod Touch is available with 8 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of space; and the iPod shuffle is available with 2 GB of space. Importing large songs, such as live shows or concerts, video, podcasts or high-resolution album artwork can take up a lot of space on your iPod. The easiest way to create more space is to analyze which files are taking up the most memory and decide what you need to keep.

1

Connect your iPod to your computer via USB cord. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically. Click the device icon for your iPod in the left menu bar of the iTunes application window. Click the "Music" link, listed under your iPod. If you don't see the Music link, click the small gray arrow next to your iPod device icon.

2

Select "View" from the top menu bar of the iTunes application window, then select "View Options." Check the "Size" box in the third column, then click "OK." Scroll to the right in the iTunes window for your iPod music library; the top menu of the library window should have "Name," "Time," "Artist," "Album" and other headings. Click the "Size" heading to view items on your iPod by size. If the list goes from smallest to largest, click the "Size" heading again to reverse the order.

3

Look for particularly large files. You may have large songs, videos or files that could be taking up a large quantity of space. Music videos can take up hundreds of megabytes, as can concerts and recordings that are over an hour in length. Remove anything you know you won't listen to or view that is taking up your space.

4

Remove album artwork. Yes, album artwork is a wonderful feature on the iPod and you probably love it, but all of those images are taking up unnecessary space on your iPod--space which you could fill with more songs. To remove album artwork, select an entire album from your iPod library and select "File" and "Get Info" from the top menu bar. Click the artwork image and press the "Delete" key and click "OK." Sync your iPod to apply changes.

Tip

  • check iTunes allows you to filter by duplicate files in your music library on your computer, but not directly on your iPod. Check for duplicates regularly before you sync your iPod to avoid taking up unneeded space. To use the duplicates feature, select "File" from the top menu bar of the iTunes application window, then select "Display Duplicates."

About the Author

Sophie Southern has been a freelance writer since 2004. Her writing has been featured in "JPG" magazine and on Zlio.com. Southern holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the School of Visual Arts.

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