How to get more space on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

When I bought my iPhone, I bought the 32 GB version of the 3GS. At the time I knew that that would be a small amount for what I wanted to do, but as my music library increased I could see it chewing up more and more of that 32 GB memory. In fact it was over 9 GB. I wanted and needed more room for video and other media. I also knew that I had to trim the size of my music before I got an iPad. Luckily for us Apple added something to iTunes that will help with that, after the break.

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Most people are not my sister. My sister is a College Trained Musician. While I play instruments, I am nowhere near to my sister for being able to hear differences in codecs and bit depth for music files. I have listened to two pieces of music, one at the 256 kHz sample rate versus the same file downgraded to 128 kHz sample rate.

I think most of this inability is due to waxy buildup in my ears, my years as a Reactor Control Tech for the US Navy, and old age. So, When I saw the checkbox in the Options section of the summary page of the syncing screen for my iPhone in iTunes it came as a shock.

I click on the option and told it to apply. About two hours later I have about half of the original files size reduced. I got about 4 GB back on my iPhone! I can’t tell the difference, and it did not change the original files. The changed files are on the iPhone, while the original files are still their 256 kHz sample rate.

So if you are not an audiophile with high end equipment, then you can recover some much needed space on your iPhone/touch/iPad device.


I’ve since created a video on this topic. ¬†You can find it here.

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25 thoughts on “How to get more space on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad


    Hi there! This article couldn’t be written much better!
    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate!

    He constantly kept preaching about this. I most certainly will send this post to
    him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a very good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Kylee

    wow thank you much i had just a little bit of space left and couldnt add anything at all or my space would be all gone but this gave me lots of space, i just keep deleting lots of songs to get more space but this helped me a lot thank you again

  3. Mobianhat

    Fantastic, i was worried data was being lost somewhere but this is really, really helpful, saved me alot of hassle and having to delete alot of music!

  4. Clay Moore Post author

    The only thing I can think of that is causing this is that your music is already at a low bitrate, and this is moving them to a higher bitrate. Since most of my library is either itunes purchased or ripped to itunes direct from my CD collection, I benefit. As they say, your mileage may vary.

  5. tash

    WOW thank you so much i almost died when i saw how much space i had gained.

    if anyone doesnt know how to get to the menu, just connect your device to ur computer, in itunes click on your device and scroll down.

    thank u once again!!!

  6. Clay Moore Post author

    Since this is a feature of iTunes; yes, it will work on your iPod touch. You just need the current iTunes installed on your computer.

  7. Clay Moore Post author

    thank you for your comments. I try to find things that people might need to know, and present them here.

  8. Alisha Graefe

    Thank you SO much!! My boyfriend bought me a 8gb Ipod Touch and it definitely could not hold my 2,000 song library! This helped a lot! Thank you so much!

  9. KHK

    Thank you!! I was having essentially the same problem, and by clicking all of 2 buttons I managed to get almost double my free space. You’re awesome!!

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