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Tj94
17th October 2009, 03:55 PM
Hey,
A couple of weeks ago, I did a full reinstall of Snow Leopard. Obviously, with this, my iTunes library was erased. Now, I have reinstalled most of my music, however, there is an issue. So far, there is 480 songs and yet, iTunes says I have used 3.4 GB. All of my music is from purchased CD's, so I am a little confused to why it is nearly double to what it is meant to be. Suggestions would be great.

MrJesseRoss
17th October 2009, 04:38 PM
What settings have you used to rip them with? Higher bitrate = larger file sizes.

leon
17th October 2009, 04:41 PM
That is an average of around 7 Megabytes per song, which is the average for 256kbps AAC files that are 3-4 minutes long.

Tj94
17th October 2009, 04:42 PM
What settings have you used to rip them with? Higher bitrate = larger file sizes.

how do you check that?

MrJesseRoss
17th October 2009, 04:47 PM
Select one of your tracks in iTunes and hit command-I.

You'll have a window like this:
http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/2120/screenshot20091017at515.png

What does yours say under Bit Rate?

Edit: You'll notice that for a 3:47 track it's 8.4mb. As leon's already said, that's normal for a 3-4 minute track ripped at iTunes Plus quality.

Tj94
17th October 2009, 04:50 PM
Select one of your tracks in iTunes and hit command-I.

You'll have a window like this:
http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/2120/screenshot20091017at515.png

What does yours say under Bit Rate?

It says 256kps

leon
17th October 2009, 04:54 PM
It says 256kps

So everything is normal. Don't worry about it.

MrJesseRoss
17th October 2009, 04:54 PM
You were probably ripping at 128kbps quality before. The default now is 256kbps, which means that they're double the size.

If you're not fussed about sound quality, you can set iTunes to rip at 128kbps. Just go to iTunes>Preferences>General, hit 'Import Settings', and under 'Setting' select High Quality (128kbps). You'll have to reconvert all your music again if you want to reclaim the space. I'd suggest not to worry, because, well, it's a massive waste of time for a small saving.

Tj94
17th October 2009, 04:57 PM
So everything is normal. Don't worry about it.

But before I reinstalled Snow Leopard, the amount of GB's was close to Apple's suggest 4GB= 1000 songs, however, now 4GB= 578 songs. Does anyone know what's causing this issue?

leon
17th October 2009, 05:02 PM
But before I reinstalled Snow Leopard, the amount of GB's was close to Apple's suggest 4GB= 1000 songs, however, now 4GB= 578 songs. Does anyone know what's causing this issue?

The default for iTunes 9 is iTunes Plus (256kbps). When you reinstalled Snow Leopard you reinstalled iTunes with the new default settings.

MrJesseRoss
17th October 2009, 05:14 PM
Apple's always based its iPod capacities on music ripped at 128kbps AAC. If you have a look at the apple.com site, you'll see this sort of thing at the bottom of most iPod pages:


Song capacity is based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; in 256-Kbps AAC format, song capacity is up to 250 songs (2GB) or 500 songs (4GB); actual capacity varies by encoding method and bit rate.