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I have a first-generation iPhone that I use for playing music at work (connected to Bose Wave Radio). It only has 8GB of flash memory.

Is it possible to have iTunes transfer music to this iPhone at a lower sample rate than the default? I know that there will be some quality loss, but I would like to fit more music on it.

I would rather not resample my whole library because I want to sync full-quality music onto my iPhone 4.

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Is 192 kbps OK? – timothymh Feb 16 '12 at 14:11
@TimothyMueller-Harder I'd rather go for HE-AAC encoding if it's not for headphones. – gentmatt Feb 16 '12 at 14:25
@gentmatt No offense intended, but I was asking Ralph... – timothymh Feb 16 '12 at 21:06
I think I already have that selected. My 8G iPhone just doesn't hold enough :-(. – Ralph Feb 17 '12 at 12:23
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There's an option to downrate the sample rate within iTunes when you sync to iDevices, however this has it's issues and advantages:

  • songs are reencoded on the fly during sync
  • the original sync will take a long time (in order of hours)
  • only songs needed to be synced will be re-encoded so choose your music carefully

This option is only available when your iDevice is connected. Select your device from the iTunes left hand side bar, then choose the Summary section from the main window.

The option is labelled (in the English locale) as "Convert higher bit rate songs to..." as in the image below.

In current versions of iTunes, the Capacity bar at the bottom will resize to show your savings if you choose to sync.

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Where is this option – aCuria Sep 23 '12 at 18:34
updated with further information – Stu Wilson Sep 23 '12 at 19:32

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