ipod madness

Art Alexion art.alexion at verizon.net
Tue Apr 25 13:38:14 UTC 2006

On Monday 24 April 2006 15:43, jack wallen wrote:
>  i have discovered one odd issue: since reformatting to vfat i don't seem
> to have as much space left. the same amount of music (roughly 2,000
> songs) on the apple file system (using itunes) took less than 1/2 of my
> 20 gig ipod's space. now using vfat the same amount of songs (using
> gtkpod) takes over 3/4 of my space. is there something going on with
> either the format or gtkpod?

I don't know if this is related, but when the Palm OS file system was changed 
with the Treo 650 to vfat, the new Treo suddenly became so significantly less 
efficient at storing files that Palm began offering Treo users free SD 
memory.  I don't have any URLs handy, but I am sure you can find it on Google 
(search FAT32 instead of vfat).  Perhaps it is the implementation of fat on 
flash memory, perhaps the difference between the size of the blocks/inodes 
between fat32 and the Apple FS, but it doesn't surprise me.  The MS approach 
to efficiency is to throw more hardware at it rather than making it more 
efficient.  Hardware is an expense borne by the customer; efficiency targeted 
R & D is an expense borne by MS.

Art Alexion
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