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iPhone 4

Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:58 am
by Gary Velie
I have an iPhone 4, 16GB. I wanted to add some music so that I can listen to it on the motorcycle (Goldwing.) When I hook up the iPhone to the MAC, the bar at the bottom of the screen shows that I have Audio, Photos, Apps, Documents & Data, Other, and Available.

My question is: What is Documents and Data? How can I selectively delete some of it to give me more room to add music? I also do not know what "other" is.

Re: iPhone 4

Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 4:28 pm
by Ray Bentsen
How you regain space depends entirely what is using space: Old e-mails, excess videos, unused apps, old text messages, bad photos, old voice mails?

Consider old e-mails that contain attachments, like videos and junk photos.

You might try opening apps that you use regularly and see if they are storing data that is obsolete, and then deleting whatever you can. Delete apps that you never use.

There are more suggestions here: https://discussions.apple.com/message/24637235#24637235

Re: iPhone 4

Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:18 pm
by Stephen Hart
Gary Velie wrote:I have an iPhone 4, 16GB. I wanted to add some music so that I can listen to it on the motorcycle (Goldwing.) When I hook up the iPhone to the MAC, the bar at the bottom of the screen shows that I have Audio, Photos, Apps, Documents & Data, Other, and Available.

My question is: What is Documents and Data? How can I selectively delete some of it to give me more room to add music? I also do not know what "other" is.
Documents and Data includes any files that you can sync between the iPhone and your Mac and other data apps store. If you select your iPhone in the sidebar of iTunes, then select the Apps tab, then scroll down, you'll see a list of apps that can sync documents. Click on one and you'll see any documents it's got access to. This is a little weird if you're used to the Mac because all documents in iOS are essentially stored inside apps. Some apps--for example, trip-planning apps--may store maps as data. Other apps, such as my iBird Plus, Molecules, New Yorker, Turning the Pages (National Library of Medicine), etc. store a lot of data.

If you find that the Other category is very large, there are several tips on the web to get that back to normal.

A very slick and inexpensive way to have access to all your music is by paying for iTunes Match. Then all your iTunes music is available to all of your iDevices. You can stream or download any songs in your whole catalog, as long as you have internet access. This also gives you free high-quality versions of anything you might have that's now low-quality. If you're out riding, you want to download what you want to hear for a while because you'll likely be going in and out of cell-data range, so streaming will be iffy.

I don't keep a lot of music on my iPhone, but I do always have a couple of audio books, several podcasts and several items from iTunes U--all together, tens of hours of listening pleasure. On a 32 GB iPhone 5, with all that audio, lots of apps, thousands of pages of iBooks books (text) and several lengthy pdfs (text), I have 11.5 GB free.