Should I use and SD card for music?


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  1. xnoctis93

    xnoctis93 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi:

    I have at least 10 GB's of music I want to put on my phone. Should I be having an externa sd card I use to put the music on, or should I be using the internal memory of the phone? Is external any more convinient then internal or vice versa?

    Thanks :p
     

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  2. socalrailroader

    socalrailroader Well-Known Member

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    Wow, I have about 2 GB, and I thought that was a lot! Mine is almost all 80's music. I have mine on my storage card, though I think you'd be okay putting it on either one, it is nice though to have it on a removable memory card.
     
  3. LeRolls

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    I'd go with the card personally.
     
  4. sremick

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    Definitely put it on the card, since with Android 2.1 you can't put apps on the card and can only store them on the internal storage. So the more things you can move to the card (music, video, pics, other files and media, etc), the more space you have for apps.
     
  5. ironhorse

    ironhorse Well-Known Member

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    I have about 130gb of music so there is no way for me to put very much of it on my phone. What I do have is using the sd card.
     
  6. picklesNICKLES

    picklesNICKLES Well-Known Member

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    The apps don't store to the 16gb built in storage, it goes to the 2gb ROM memory.

    That was the only thing keeping me apprehensive about a lag fix but I went with it anyway.

    I personally put my music on my external SD card. It's nice cuz i dont have to attach my phone to my laptop every time I wanna add music, I can just pop the card out.
     
  7. Boldt

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    7 gigs of music on my card, I would never put them on the device memory if I did not need to - it allows more room for apps as stated above and I think it would make things easier if you need to restore/reset the phone if you have no backup...
     
  8. Lagunar

    Lagunar Well-Known Member

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    same here, not THAT much, but > 30gb

    should be faster in the internal memory, but it's fast enough in the external =)
     
  9. xnoctis93

    xnoctis93 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    with that in mind, i'll be sure to put it all on an external. Is there a specific brand or kind of micro sd card you guys would recommend?
     
  10. sremick

    sremick Well-Known Member

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    A-DATA, Crucial, OCZ or Lexar. Kingston and SanDisk are low-end brands.

    Additional details can be found by searching past threads, as this is a very common topic that's been answered multiple times. ;)
     
  11. BigCiX

    BigCiX Well-Known Member

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    I rather use memory on the card first then the actual phone memory
     
  12. mnemonicj

    mnemonicj Well-Known Member

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    I'd rather use memory on the phone for stuff I can reload, like music, pictures, documents, and video that I have on my computer and then use my microSD card for pictures and video I take with my phone's camera, files and pictures that other people send me, etc. That stuff is more difficult to replace and I keep on the external card to remove if the phone goes bad or if I do an upgrade that erases everything on the phone.
     
  13. myrv

    myrv Well-Known Member

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    As for type of card, all of those listed were good brands. I personally went with a class 6 as I also run movies on my phone and the transfer rate is better for adding new movies. If you will be setting and forgetting, then I would save a few dollars and get a class 2.
     
  14. CaCHooKa Man

    CaCHooKa Man Well-Known Member

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    its much easier to use an external card. its also swappable and you can transfer files faster if you use a card reader.
     
  15. Smoghog

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    If you're lucky enough to have grandfathered in an old unlimited data plan, you could look into streaming software for your pc and phone that would allow you to access your entire home library of music over the air instead of having to use space on the phone. Just a thought.

    I'd still keep a few gigs worth of music on the card anyways though, just in case of low signal areas or so forth.
     
  16. alphadog00

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    This is not entirely true. The phone has 16GB built in memory. About 2GB is reserved for the OS - the rest is seen as "Internal SD" - Apps will never see it.

    Treat the "Internal SD" as a regular SD card.

    I made the assumption the Internal is faster then External and so I record my movies and pics, and have my music on an external card. But the other suggestion about your phone going bad and losing stuff makes sense - so I may move movies and pics to external.
     
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    I put "Back To The Future" on my phones Internal SD, because I don't have a big enough External SD card yet and for some reason the sound is a split second off. I think or hope putting it on an External SD would solve the problem...and for the same reason is why I would put music on the External SD too.
     
  18. sremick

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    How big is the file? I have encoded numerous DVDs for the Captivate and they all come in about 800-900MB.

    Not necessarily. It could be the encode format. While the Captivate can process all sorts of video file settings, some combinations work better than others. For example, an h.264 video encoded with more than 1 b-frame will tend to display audio-sync issues... increasing with the number of b-frames used. This is why in my encode settings I say to only use 1 b-frame.

    Transferring movies from DVD - CapFAQ
     
  19. Endoran

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    Keep in mind that this would drain your battery a lot faster. Since you brought it up Smoghog, I assume you have some experience, what app from the market would do this?
     
  20. Smoghog

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    You're right, this method would absolutely destroy battery life. I haven't set anything up like it on my Captivate yet, since I've yet to fill my sd card and I use last.fm alot, but I used to have it set up on my iphone.

    A quick google search turned up these options, though. If you're interested:
    Subsonic
     
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