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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 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.


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