Apple Watch’s 8 GB of storage allows up to 2 GB of music and 75 MB of photos

“In our report last week, we reported that internal models of the Apple Watch included 8 GB of storage,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac. “We have now confirmed with the company that the shipping units [all models] do indeed ship with an 8 GB storage capacity.”

“As a user, you are only allowed to use a subsection of that total space for certain types of data,” Mayo reports. “As confirmed with Apple, users are only allowed to store up to 2 GB of music on the Watch and up to 75 MB of photos for the Photos app.”

“2 GB of music equates to approximately 200 decent quality music tracks,” Mayo reports. “A very rough estimate indicates that you will be able to hold over 100 photos in the 75 MB of allocated local storage.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Both are good storage amounts for music – more than enough for a run without iPhone, for example – and for favorite photos you might want to quickly share with someone without pulling out your iPhone.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. 2 GB for music would work for me. I have a playlist with about 130 songs that are up-tempo and my regular library which is a lot larger for slower runs. I also listen to podcasts on some runs. This would work out fine as long as there’s a way to swap playlists in and out.

    1. This is actually pretty useful.

      I use an iPod Nano with wireless Bluetooth headphones for running and having this on a phone would be nice. I looked into getting a Nano 6G + Bluetooth transmitter and watch band but the 6G models are out of production and they cost a lot more than the 7G models and they are likely used.

      1. AND no more ridiculous than…

        “and for favorite photos you might want to quickly share with someone without pulling out your iPhone.”

        Let’s find the smallest screen possible to view photos because someone does not want to pull out their iPhone.

    2. I agree. This isn’t going to replace the functionality of an iPod for those who work out to music, even if Apple hasn’t updated the iPod lineup in a long time.

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