To reduce the number of wires and cables running from my desk to my PC, I installed a powerstrip and small powered USB hub to the bottom surface of my desk.
From there, you can set the device to automatically sync when it’s connected as well as set it to reserve a certain amount of space for other information.
That way a sync won’t completely fill up your device.
By setting these closer to the “Smallest File Size” area, you can get more content on your device.
Usually you’ll see 8Mb MP3 files get reduced to about 2Mb, which gives you 4 times more music in the same amount of space…
But a million of them are probably floating around.
After receiving my refurbished Zune 80 from the Microsoft Repair Center, I began the process of syncing my music, picture, video, and podcast files to it’s empty 80 GB drive.
Windows Phone 8 also has the new Cloud Collection feature which makes syncing with a desktop less important at least for music since anything you bought from the Zune or Xbox Music marketplace automatically shows up in the Windows Phone 8 music library (for streaming).
However, when you download music that way, it still takes the full quality version which is often close to 8Mb for each song. Luckily Windows Media Player and its auto-playlists feature also support videos.
I chose MP3s because I know those are songs that I bought and won’t have any DRM issues to worry about, and I chose 100 of them in order to save space on the device.