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Watching standard definition instead of high-def on your iPad or iPod

Posted on October 19, 2011
In category Misc

OK, unless you connect your iPod Touch or iPad to an HDTV, do you really need to store all the movies and TV shows in high-def format? I mean, the screen isn’t that big on these devices and you can store tons more content if you use standard def instead of high def video.

So, how do you do that? It’s quite easy, actually. Simply connect your device to your computer, fire up iTunes, click on your device in the left-side iTunes bar, then click the ‘Summary’ tab. Near the bottom of that page, you’ll see a number of options, one of which says ‘Prefer Standard Definition Videos’. Clicking this option will tell iTunes to copy the old fashioned standard def versions of your videos to your device.

Of course, if you connect your device to your high-def TV to watch your shows, copying the high-def versions is preferable. But, watching standard dev on a little screen is really just fine. And you’ll be able to stores so much more stuff to your device!