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If you're running out of space on your iPod and have an iPod that can display album art, here's a quick tip that can buy you back some room. Instead of using the album art that is embedded in the audio file, the iPod is actually using its own database file to store album art. Depending on the size of your iPod and the total amount of songs you have on it, this Database can grow quite large.

To reclaim that space, simply go into the iPod preferences in iTunes and uncheck the 'Display Album Art' option. When I did this on my 60GB iPod 5G that had about 20MB free, I was able to reclaim over 1.5GB (yes, that's GB).

I have tested and verified this with a 60GB iPod 5G and a 4GB iPod nano that were formatted for a Mac. However, this should work with all iPods that can display album art and regardless of Mac or PC format.

[robg adds: From an older hint and its associated comments, you might also see some space savings by unchecking the Artwork tag in the Get Info box -- apparently the MP3 tags also contain information on the artwork, even though the iPod is using a database to track it. Given the age of the hint, I'm not sure if it's still relevant or not; please comment if you have more info on the subject.]
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Free up extra iPod space by removing artwork
Authored by: kirkmc on Jul 19, '06 09:54:53AM

Most users won't reclaim 1.5 GB. My 60 GB iPod has about 300 MB of album art (you can find the database by browsing the invisible files on the iPod). If you have lots of albums, you'll save a few hundred GB, since the dabatase is such that it only copies the art once for all the songs that have it. If, however, you have lots of individual songs, then you'll use a lot more space.

Kirk


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Free up extra iPod space by removing artwork
Authored by: gidds on Jul 19, '06 02:16:44PM
It probably depends on how big the image data is. And that can vary widely.

I know it's blowing my own trumpet, but I posted a story a while back showing that the most obvious way to copy artwork (dragging from browser window straight into iTunes) will convert it to PNG format, which is often 5x or 10x bigger than the original JPG. (The alternative is to drag it onto your HD, and then drag that file onto iTunes, which preserves the format and size.)

Take my iPod as an example. Its 60GB is practically full with 12895 songs. Almost all of those have artwork, and a fair proportion of it is high-quality 500x500 from walmart.com. The iPod's Artwork folder takes up about half a GB, which isn't a lot considering. However, if all those had been converted to PNGs, then I'd expect that to be several GB.

So if you want to save space, first of all, make sure all your artwork isn't taking up lots more space than necessary. Only after that should you consider the drastic step of removing it all!

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Free up extra iPod space by removing artwork
Authored by: kirkmc on Jul 19, '06 11:40:40PM

If it's converted to PNG, that's only on your Mac. When iTunes "optimizes" the artwork for putting it on the iPod, it converts it to another format (I don't know which) and in only two sizes (I think it's 240x240 and 120x120). Hence the space savings.

Kirk

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Free up extra iPod space by removing artwork
Authored by: Kar98 on Jul 19, '06 07:49:06PM

How about a way to remove those silly "extras" instead? Games, stop watch and such?



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Free up extra iPod space by removing artwork
Authored by: davidm on Jul 20, '06 09:29:36AM

This is a good hint, as I don't like showing artwork on my iPod to begin with. Why? When a song with artwork is playing, even modest-length song names and album names have to scroll by - it's aggravating to wait for them to display. "Happiness is a warm ... what?"



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Free up extra iPod space by removing artwork
Authored by: david-bo on Jul 20, '06 11:15:27PM

…Gun - The Breeders

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