When you bought your latest MP3 player you must have thought you would never run out of memory, as so much memory it had. But if you are like any other music aficionado you must already be wondering how to fit more songs on your MP3 player even if you bought it just a few months ago. Actually this is not just a problem with an MP3 player, whenever it comes to storing digital files, sooner or later you run out of space. But unlike computers and laptops, you cannot expand your storage space infinitely on your MP3 player.
This Lifehacker article lists some nice ways you can fit more songs on your MP3 player. Some of them are very fundamental, for instance creating more space on your device. What’s the use of storing 1000s of songs if you’re never going to listen to them? No matter how maniacally you love your collection you cannot possibly listen to every song. There must be some songs you stored simply because they were available. There must be many songs you just downloaded free of cost and they can be easily stored on another device, like a computer.
You can create more space on your device by cleaning it up and removing all the unnecessary data from it. As already mentioned above, if you don’t want to permanently delete the data, you can move it to another device that you don’t have to access all the time.
If your MP3 player comes with an Internet connection (either Wi-Fi or 3G, 4G) you can open up an account on Dropbox and store many of your songs there, and whenever you want to listen to them, you can simply stream them. When you open an account you get 2 GB of free space and you can increase that free space by performing certain actions suggested by Dropbox. But of course this can cost you if you have to pay for the bandwidth and you don’t have an unlimited plan. At least, wherever there is Wi-Fi available you can use this service, and hence create more space on your MP3 player.
Alternatively you can use Google Music to stream your files but unfortunately it is only available in the United States right now (at the time of writing this article).
Another option, according to the article, is using a different bit rate for storing your music files. There are lossless files and there are lossy files and your ear cannot distinguish between them. It is just a psychological game to charge you more for such “high-quality” music files. Besides, lossless files are needed to create production level music and not for listing purpose, in most of the cases. So if you have been storing your files in lossless format, you can easily convert them to MP3 format, reduce their file size, and hence create more space on your MP3 player.
Another way of saving more disk space is converting your files to a variable bit rate rather than a fixed bit rate. Not all the portions of the song require the same bit rate. You can either straightaway convert your existing MP3 files into the variable bit rate format or you can re-rip them from your CD or DVD using a special program called dDpoweramp. This may involve lots of time and if time is money for you than the better option would be simply to either upgrade your device or get rid of some existing songs.