When shopping for an mp3 player, the person has to judge which mp3 player will best suit their needs. Part of choosing an mp3 player is knowing which mp3 player will hold the number of songs that the user wants to store on the device. The bit rate and length of the songs affect how many songs a 4gb iPod can hold. How many songs can a 4gb iPod hold?

According to Apple’s specifications for the iPod, the iPod Shuffle holds 4 gb. Apple’s estimate for the number of songs that a 4gb iPod can hold is up to 1,000 songs. This number is just an estimate since the number of songs that 4 gb can hold varies. On average, a song is approximately 4 MB. An iPod with 4gb of storage can hold 4,096 MB. Therefore, the rough estimate of the number of songs is 1,000, though there is some leeway with this estimate for some songs to be slightly over 4 MB.

The bit rate at which the song is encoded affects the file size. The larger the bit rate, the higher the quality of sound is. However, larger bit rates equal larger file sizes. If a person is putting songs on an iPod that have been recorded at a high bit rate, the person may not be able to store the number of songs that Apple says should fit on the iPod.

The length of the songs also affects how many songs an iPod or other mp3 player can hold. The longer the song is, the larger the file size. Therefore, long songs can take up more space on the mp3 player. If the person’s music library has songs that are longer than average, the person may not be able to store as many songs on the mp3 player as the guidelines suggest.

If a person shopping for an iPod wants to store more than 1,000 songs, the other models of iPods can hold more songs. The iPod Shuffle is the current iPod model with the least amount of storage according to Apple’s iPod product details.

Other iPod models hold 8 to 160 gb of storage. The iPod Nano has 8 gb and 16 gb models. The iPod Classic at 160 gb has the highest amount of storage of the iPod models. The specifications for the iPod Classic says that it can store up to 40,000 songs.