iTunes Tip: Make Your First Sync Overnight

Well, not in every case. But if you sync your music at 128 kbps to stuff more on your iPod, it’s a good idea to do it when you don’t need to use the iPod.

Last week I got a new iPod touch, and this week a new nano. The former is 32 GB, and the latter 16 GB. I’m syncing the nano now – and only copying 12 GB of music to it – and it’s gone a bit more than 1/3 of the way in about 5 hours. (I’m doing this on a Mac mini; faster computers will convert the files more quickly.) The time depends, of course, on how much of your music is at a bit rate higher than 128 kbps; in may case, that’s just about everything.

So if you plan to use this space-saving technique, be forewarned that it takes a very long time.


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2 replies
  1. Aaron Meurer says:

    Why is it converting files? Do you use a different file format for your iPods than for your computer? If that’s the case, why don’t you just have the iPod formats on your computer at all times, so you don’t have to wait for the conversion?

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  2. kirk says:

    Because if you choose the option to convert files to 128 kbps, it, well, converts them from the bit rate your files are in. This is a space-saving feature, which is very practical.

    It’s only the first sync that is really long. So there’s no need to have already-converted versions in iTunes. Subsequent syncs only convert a handful of files, unless you make big changes to what you put on your iPod.

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