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Toshiba announces 60GB 1.8-inch hard drive

“Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor storage, today announced a new family of 1.8-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) that deliver the industry’s highest capacities in this category with its 30GB “MK3006GAL” and 60GB “MK6006GAH.” These drives also feature improved shock tolerance, power consumption and vibration control for better performance in mobile consumer electronics devices.

To achieve this industry-leading capacity, Toshiba has set a new benchmark for areal density in the 1.8-inch HDD category at 93.5 gigabits per square inch. This has allowed Toshiba to pack 30GB of data onto a single 1.8-inch platter, an increase of 50 percent over current models, delivering drives that are ideally suited for in-demand consumer electronics products such as mobile audio players and mobile notebook PCs.”

This formal announcement confirms Toshiba’s earlier revelation in Taiwan of the new 60GB drive, for which the company said Apple had already placed orders. The new details on size (60GB is the same thickness as current 40GB iPods; 30GB is same size as current 20GB models) and power consumption (lower) suggest that future iPods based on the new drive will be in cases of the same size as today’s models, but should feature even better battery life.

iTunes for Linux

“CodeWeavers, which specializes in software that lets Windows programs run on Linux, said on Monday that it has a new version of its software that adds support for Apple Computer’s iTunes.

The company said CrossOver Office 3.1 adds support for the jukebox and music download software. The version is currently in preview form and is being made available only to existing CrossOver Office customers.”

Mad Catz announce new iPod accessories

“Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. the world’s leading third party video game accessory manufacturer, today announced accessory starter kits for Apple Computer’s iPod and iPod Mini digital music players. The accessory kits will include a FireWire/USB cable for music transfer and charging, an automotive power adapter, and a carrying case. The iPod starter kit, which will support the recently announced 4th generation iPods as well as the 3rd generation devices, will feature a sleek black design, while the kits for the iPod Mini will be available in silver, gold, blue, green, and pink to match the colors of the currently shipping Minis. The accessory kits are scheduled to ship to retailers in North America and Europe this fall and are expected to retail between $29.99 and $49.99.”

Amazon offers discounted 3G, 4G iPods

Looking for a fourth-generation iPod at a discount? Amazon.com is selling new-in-box units at the following shipped prices, with no sales tax outside of Washington State:

Fourth-Generation 20GB iPod: $284.04
Fourth-Generation 40GB iPod: $379.04

These are great prices; just be aware that iLounge remains cautious in recommending fourth-generation iPod purchases until Apple resolves the audio interference issues we previously identified.

iPodResQ announces support for 4G iPod

ResQ Systems, LLC announced today that their iPodResQ 24-Hour Nationwide iPod repair program is now supporting the new 4th generation 20GB and 40GB iPod™.

iPodResQ is the only service of its kind offering 24-hour turnaround on repairs and nationwide, overnight pickup & delivery at the user’s location. The service is now stocking parts and performing repairs on 4th generation iPod models.

Use iPod, go to Jail?

  • August 2, 2004
  • iPod,

“That’s the message from the “Save the iPod’’ campaign. Holmes Wilson, an organizer of the Web-based movement, warns that the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act now pending in Congress threatens to silence the popular music player. In other words, your right to bear beats is in danger. [...]

The Induce Act would give the music industry and other copyright holders new legal grounds to sue any business that profits from encouraging people to illegally distribute songs, movies, software, games and other copyrighted works. The proposed law targets popular online file-swapping services such as Kazaa.”

Mac|Windows: iPod Music Liberator 2.0 released - copy music from iPod to PC

iPod Music Liberator allows users to copy music directly from their iPod to any computer, filling in a missing feature of iTunes. You see, iTunes only allows for a one-way transfer of music from your computer to your iPod. But what if you want to move music to another authorized computer? What if you want to make a backup of your music? What if your computer crashes and you lose all of the music on your computer? What if you buy a new computer and need to move your music? What if ... ? Use the iPod Music Liberator for all of your iPod music copying needs.

Get Well Steve

MacMinute is reporting that Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs is hospitalized and recovering from successful surgery for pancreatic cancer. Using a PowerBook to e-mail from his hospital bed, Jobs wrote to tell Apple employees that, “I had a very rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which represents about 1 percent of the total cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed each year, and can be cured by surgical removal if diagnosed in time (mine was). I will not require any chemotherapy or radiation treatments.” Jobs will return to his Cupertino office in September, presumably after the Apple Expo in Paris.

iLounge wishes Steve the speediest and fullest of recoveries, and invites our readers to leave a “get well” message for Steve in this comments thread, which we will forward to Apple. (Negative messages will be deleted and their posters banned; please use good judgment in leaving messages for a man recovering from cancer.)

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