iPod Touch Problem

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  1. Mark_TB

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    I know nothing beyond the basics of my 32GB iPod Touch and iTunes, so I'm hoping someone here can help me with a problem I've been having lately. Something seems to be eating away at the storage capacity of my iPod, and I can't figure out what it is, or how to stop it.


    I noticed a couple of months ago that my storage capacity was slowly decreasing, even though I wasn't adding anything new to it. When I have the iPod connected to iTunes and go to the iPod summary, the space used in the "Other" category is steadily increasing everytime I sync. It was up to 3.5 GB a few weeks ago when I did a restore of my iPod. After that, the "Other" category dropped down to about 0.33 GB. But since then, it's slowly worked its way up to 0.84 GB.


    As you can guess, I'd like to know: a) What exactly is stored in that "Other" category, and b) How do I keep it from eating away at my storage capacity?


    Thanks in advance for any helpful advice.


    - Mark
     
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    Caches, and things like album covers, sometimes data for your apps, things like your mail, comic books and kindle books etc. Don't worry about managing it unless its really obstinate....


    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=489734
     
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    Do you have any e-mail accounts on your Touch? They can take up a large amount of space if you aren't diligent about managing your mail. The Safari cache can also take up a significant amount of space.
     
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    Michael - The only email I use is my Hotmail account. I've cleared the Safari cache, but that doesn't make any real difference.


    I'm wondering if it might be the TuneIn Radio app I downloaded about the time this problem started. It plays internet radio stations, but it also saves the music as it streams so that you can rewind or even record it. I always assumed that it clears itself once you close the app, but maybe it stays on the iPod, even though I can no longer access it. If that is the case, I still don't know how to delete it short of doing a complete restore of my iPod, but that is inconvenient and takes hours. I'd like to find a simpler solution.


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    The link says rentals are cleared by rebooting the touch. Maybe it would work for music.
     
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    Forgive my ignorance, but is rebooting the same as "restore"? If not, how do I reboot? (I did a check of the owners manual, but it didn't show anything for "reboot.")


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    No, you just hold the power button for a few seconds until it tells you to swipe to power off. I'd wait 10-30 seconds, and then hold it again until it restarts. To not take anything for granted, the power button is on the top edge of the unit.
     
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    Have you tried deleting the app to see if it purges the saved songs as well?
     
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    My solution is for you to not worry about it. It's not user accessible data and the device thinks it needs it. Yes that's a good chunk of an 8gb device but those are the breaks.
     
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    I wouldn't mind so much if it were a set amount, but it keeps growing. Today alone it ate up another 100 mb, and I didn't add anything, nor did I listen to or watch anything! It will eventually take up all of my available space. I have trouble believing that's normal.
     
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    That's how caches work.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cache

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_cache


    Also, from a Macrumors thread:



    Is your iPod jailbroken? Seems Cydia is a hog. But that list might give you some other clues...
     
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    Looks like Apple found the solution for me. I downloaded the new version of iTunes last night, and when I synched my iPod this morning, the "Other" category dropped back down to the its normal level of 300 mb. I have no idea what they changed, but as long as it stays this way, I'm happy.


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    I have the same issue with the other folder. I also found that when I got to 1gb free on the ipod i couldnt add anything extra. it said that there was no space to add data which was very frustrating. Hopefully when I sync with the new itunes the problem will go away for me too.
     

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