One question I see a lot from people considering buying an iPod Touch is “Is the 32GB big enough or should I get the 64GB?”. As of right this minute, the choices from walmart.com are:
8GB = $168.54
32GB = $255.54
64GB = $341.54
That’s an $87.00 difference between the 8GB and the 32 GB. $173 between the 8GB and the 64 GB.
I received my iPod Touch for Christmas ’08, so I’ve had it a year and a half. And it’s a 2nd gen 8GB. (Or, more exactly, a 6.83 GB. It was 7-something until the 4.0 upgrade.) I plugged it in and grabbed a screenshot of the bar so you could see a visual of my iPod’s capacity.
It’s a little hard to see, so I’ll break it down:
Audio: 2.06GB — I have 279 songs on it, 58 of which are actually hour-long RWA workshops.
Video: 491.4MB — It says I have 4 videos. I have all three acts of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog on the iPod. I have no idea what the fourth one is.
Photos: 7.4MB — I have 46 photos on it. Screenshots, book covers and my very favorite family photos (the few I might want to inflict on random people).
Apps: 953MB — It says I have 74 apps. (20 or so are games. Some have higher end graphics than others, but none are what you might call hardcore gamer apps. That would make a difference. But I’ve got Word Warp and Air Hockey and Yahtzee and Tetris and SIM City and a bunch of others.)
Books: 10MB — I think the only thing classified as “books” by iTunes are one audiobook and the free copy of Winnie the Pooh that came with the iBooks app.
Other: 790.5MB — I could be wrong, but I think this is where the data (if that’s the word) for the apps is stored, so that might be my books. If so, here’s the book count:
eReader Pro (which I don’t really use & are mostly duplicates of Stanza library)–69
Free: 2.58GB — All that white space is still unused.
221 songs. 58 RWA workshops. 46 photos. 348 books. 74 apps. And a lot of unused space left.
My iPod Touch is my everything. It’s never more than a few feet from me and it’s my life planner, my entertainment, my work, my relaxation. Everything. And I’ve never wished for one with more memory. Granted, I don’t carry my entire music/photo/book library around with me. I tweak music playlists and change them up to keep things fresh and with each book. As I get bored with songs, I remove them. I load groups of books as I think I might want to read them and delete them as I do. I’ve got a bunch waiting in Calibre I don’t feel a need to carry around.
If you’re the kind of person who wants it all with you, you might want a bigger one. But my recommendation? Buy the 8GB and blow that $87 (or $173) on books.