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Apple Doubles Capacity of iPhone and iPod Touch
February 5, 2008
Thomas Mennecke
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One day, we'll all own MP3 players with infinite capacity. Until that time, however, the challenges of bigger, faster, and smaller, plague our portable devices. Have a 4 gig Nano? It sure would've been nice to have an 8 gig model. Did you just shell out $400 on a new 8 gig iPhone? That's too bad, because Apple announced today a new line of high capacity iPhone and iPod Touch.

The new iPhone has a capacity of 16 gigabytes, while the new iPod Touch has a 32 gigabyte capacity. Those are some impressive numbers, especially for a glorified phone. Let's put those numbers into perspective...

With a 16 gigs capacity, which likely equates to around 15 gigs of usable storage, the end user can store approximately 3 full size DVD movies (approximately 4.7 gigs each.) Alternatively, the end user can store 10 XviD movies, if each one was compressed to 1.5 gigabytes. If the end user wants to go old school with 750 meg XviD movies, then 20 full length movies can be accommodated by the iPhone. Now, these files still need to be converted into format the iPod/iPhone can accept. Although timeliness the process is considerable, the result is a much smaller file size. Those 20 XviD movies could easily become 30 or more.

Just double those numbers if the 32 gig iPod Touch is your preference.

If music is more your thing, the iPhone at 16 gigabytes can probably store even the most aggressive music collection. Most MP3s available online generally range between 5-10 megabytes. Spitting the difference at 7.5 megabytes give the iPhone the capacity to accommodate 2,133 songs. If that's a bit too small and need more MP3 capacity than you ever thought possible, the new Touch will store over 4,000 songs.

While these numbers may seem staggeringly unnecessary, a point to remember is there is never enough capacity. With the growth and ubiquity of broadband, file sizes are marching upward. Only 3 years ago, the most common file size for a movie was approximately 750 megabytes. Today, 1.5 gigabytes has become the standard. Music file sizes are also creeping upwards, and it's interesting to see that Apple recognizes this - considering iTunes file sizes remain stagnant.

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