Running out of Storage (just me?)

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    Man, I know I an iPadaholic, but I just can't seem to manage the memory on my device. I'm always finding new things to load and as a result, I'm always running low on space even though I have a 64 GB iPad. I have also noticed that when you get down to 4 or 5 GB, then things start going wonky on the iPad. One time when I was that low, I did something and the iPad said I had 0 bytes left. Argh. I deleted some piddly thing and quickly got back up to 8GB. I delete stuff all the time. I've removed all movies and music, but it is a struggle. Also, I know the next time I load iTunes (its been a while) it is going to put stuff back on there before I can reconfigure it not to. Arrgh!

    I guess when the iPad Mini hits, I might get another one and split the apps between the two of them. It is time for a 128 GB option. Am I alone here?
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    No! You are not alone with that! ;)

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    I have two 64GB iPads and would like more storage, lol.
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    I understand where you are coming from. Probably should have kept my 64 GB iPad 2 (even though I find the retina screen to be a big deal in my world). Hindsight is so 20/20! I'll struggle along until we learn what Apple will offer come mid September.
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    This is one reason I disagree with people who claim that the iPad will replace the PC. My PC is my repository for any apps that I don't have room for, my music collection, which is growing all the time as I find time to rip CDs I've had for years and find too inconvenient to use now, and the movies I rip from DVD, not to mention the digital copies of movies that you find when you buy a BD.

    Mass storage will never be a strong point of tablets. I will always, I'm sure, find it necessary to switch out music, movies and apps, unless and until someone comes up with an iPad with round about 3Tb of storage, and even then, I'll still use a PC for backup.

    It's never a good move to have digital information in only one place.
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    Agreed. I don't expect my mobile devices to replace my laptop/PC. I have redundant storage systems, too.

    I would like more mobile storage, though, for stuff like movies. On my last veg-out vacation, I ended up consuming more than 5GBs of Netflix streaming via 3G because I was away from trustworthy wifi and ran thru the movies I'd ripped via Handbrake. Good thing I have grandfathered unlimited data on iPad.
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    I'm curious to see what Apple will unveil, but I don't think it likely that a 7-inch model would come with lots of GBs if they want to keep the price down. We'll see, of course.
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    You can go into Preferences in iTunes, the Devices tab, and turn off auto-syncing. This will let you adjust your sync settings before anything gets copied to/from the iPad. When you have things they way you want them, just click the Sync/Apply button.

    Be especially careful when fiddling with app syncing. If you accidentally delete an app, its data and documents go with it.
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    I was hoping they'd do an 8, 16, and maybe 32 and 64GB, but yes, those latter two are probably not going to happen.
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    Would be great to have 64 on a 7-inch.

    If it has less than 32 and lacks 3G or LTE, I'm going to pass. I don't need a device that stores little and that I'd need to tether or use on myfi. That would ruin portability for me.

    About storage: They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. I clearly do.

    I have 64 on iPhone 4S and touch 4 and they're both nearly full as well. When I got my Kindle Fire (with a measly 8 GBs), I ran out of room just putting on my audiobooks that I'd yet to listen to. I like my Samsung Galaxy Note because I can put movies on SD cards, but I don't really want to watch a movie on a 5" screen.
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    Thanks. I will have to try this. Question: Do you make adjustments in iTunes or on the device before using Sync/Apply?

    I feel that at the moment, I need to turn off both my iPad and iPhone before opening up iTunes, just to be 100% sure nothing will start before I can intercede, as I use the wireless sync feature. It seems I can do 95% of what I want to do without using iTunes at all, but eventually one is forced to deal with the devil.

    Edit: I just openned iTunes on the PC that I sync too. It immediately started downloading some 46 apps! And it is taking some time, too. My iDevices are powered off until I can get control of the beast within that PC.
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    The idea of having multiple devices staring a cellular data connection sounds good on the surface, but I don't see how one can be confident of tracking usage. Also, the carriers seem to have a delay in reporting usage, so there is uncertainty there. Finally, I think they want too much $ for data. So while I do like having anywhere access that comes with cellular, I'll just keep it to my phone and a single iPad (with hotspot). The other devices can live on wifi, as I'm on that 99% of the time anyway, and when I'm not, the hotspot works as it has a range which means I'm not really tried down that much (briefcase, backseat, in hotel room). Different strokes.

    One solution to the storage problem is a personal cloud. Have you tried such? If you have a data plan, you can stream your content from your home, for example. Of course, for this to make sense, you have to be a digital horder like me and have tons and tons of paid content on blu-ray and dvd that you have ripped and stored. If you have enough, you an always find a something to entertain yourself. Otherwise, you've better off with netlix, Spotify, Amazon, HBOGO, etc. (all of which I have). :)

    I need to see someone about my various conditions. At least I'm not alone. :)
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    Had my 64 GB wifi/LTE up to 63 GB full and just deleted 32 GB of music from it. It's like a whole new machine. Don't really need music on the iPad when it is loaded on my iPhone and iPod Classic as well.
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    Same! Plus, I have Spotify premium, which means I can keep some music for offline use. On my iPad, I just stream it. Of course, I do have some 80+GB of ripped music, but I just can't carry this around with me everywhere and honestly, I don't listen to most of it on a regular basis.
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    I'd like cheaper data, but I'm willing to pay for convenience despite current prices. I prefer the flexibility of 3G/LTE. Longer run, I might opt for a bucket data plan, but I currently have grandfathered unlimited plans that are cheap.

    iPad is my key mobile device right now, and that's where my unlimited data really comes in handy. I use much less data on smaller devices, and would expect to on a 7-inch iPad, too. (The smaller the screen, the less Web surfing or movie watching I'm likely to do with a gadget.)

    I'll reconsider if they start throttlng my iPad data. Till then, I just use 3G to stream Netflix when I'm away from trustworthy wifi and can sit long enough to watch a movie. I've considered steaming from an NAS, but as long as I have access to NF via 3G, I don't have real need.
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    I'm sure I would do the same if I had unlimited! :)
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    I didn't like the wireless sync, so I turned it off after a day or two. My guess is that, yes, you'll need to turn the devices off before turning iTunes on if you don't want that sync to happen. Once you've turned off auto-sync it should stop it from happing next time, but I won't say for sure. As I said, I don't use the wireless sync. I like more control, and the extra speed of the USB cable.

    The app downloading is probably the auto store download feature. It will download apps that you purchase on the iPhone and iPad automatically. You can turn it off in Preferences > Store. It can also automatically download your music and books automatically. You can turn this on/off on your devices too, under Settings > Store.

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