How to Free Up Space on an iPod

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

Using an iPod media player can be an addicting experience. It seems like iPods can fill up all too quickly with music, pictures and movies transferred from your home computer or laptop. When this happens, use these tips to free up space.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes account
  • iPod

Step 1

Convert your files to a compressed format. If you have AIFF format files, they're taking up too much space and should be converted to AAC files.

Step 2

Right-click on the file in iTunes, check its file type under Properties and change it if need be by control-clicking the file and then selecting the "Convert" option.

Step 3

Delete the original AIFF files to effectively minimize your space. If you don't do this, you'll actually end up losing space because you'll simply be adding AAC files to your library.

Step 4

Delete media that you don't use or don't need. If you rarely listen to a particular album or only wanted pictures on your iPod for a single occasion, delete them to make room.

Step 5

Make your photos smaller. If you're showing your photos on your iPod, they don't need to be large files since the screen isn't very big. Compress them to save space.

Step 6

Remove files when you're done using them. Things such as TiVo recordings and audiobooks take up a lot of space, especially if they're not going to be viewed or heard again.