As a longtime Apple fan, I can pretty safely say that the iPod Touch (and, of course, its analog the iPhone) is the best iPod that Apple has ever created. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, though; as I quickly filled my iPod Touch up to its 16GB capacity, I noticed a rapidly growing array of problems, which I quickly figured were tied to the amount of free space on the iPod Touch.
Here’s a look at why you should keep some free space available at all times on your iPod Touch or iPhone.
1. The Operating System – The iPod Touch is unique among iPods in that it has a full operating system on it, a very stripped down version of Apple’s Mac OS. Other iPods simply had enough processing power and operating system to do a set few tasks; play music, video, and games. The iPod Touch’s operating system is far more advanced, which is what allows it to run numerous new applications from the iTunes App Store. Everything about the iPod Touch is more advanced than older iPod models, but that power comes with a price; since it’s more like a normal computer, the iPod Touch needs to be treated more like a normal computer. A good amount of free space on the iPod Touch keeps it running smoothly, as the operating system has space to write to when it needs to write data–which is pretty much constantly when you’re using applications, even though the amount of data written may be fairly small.
2. Known Glitches – When the iPod Touch is overfilled, it causes glitches. For instance, one known glitch is in the Safari web browser. When music is playing and the iPod is fairly full, there’s simply too much going on for the iPod Touch or iPhone to handle. It crashes. Other crashes and data corruption issues have been known to result from keeping the iPod too packed with information.
3. Keeping Space Free – You should try to keep at least a gigabyte of space free on the iPod Touch or iPhone at all times. To check the amount of space you’ve got free, plug the iPod Touch into your computer and open iTunes. In iTunes, click on the little iPod Touch icon, which will show you a bar graph with a breakdown of the space available on the iPod Touch. Delete applications, video, or music to free up additional space. As long as a gig or so is free, you shouldn’t have corruption issues, or at least you’ll encounter technical problems on a far less frequent basis.
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