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2GB and 4GB iPod shuffles coming?

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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, May 27, 2005
News Categories: iPod shuffle

DigiTimes reports that Apple plans to introduce 2GB and 4GB versions of the iPod shuffle as early as next month. The publication said that Samsung and Toshiba are “aggressively planning to ramp up their output of 8Gbit NAND flash chips, as Apple Computer plans to roll out 2GB and 4GB versions of its iPod Shuffle this June and August, respectively.” Apple currently offers 512MB and 1GB iPod shuffle models.

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1

Hmm…
With 4GB Shuffles on the way, what will the mini be bumped to?  Perhaps 20GB using new hitachi perpendicular hard drives?

http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/research/recording_head/pr/PerpendicularAnimation.html

Posted by getgreg on May 27, 2005 at 7:18 AM (PDT)

2

i’m first in line!

Posted by khyberny on May 27, 2005 at 7:28 AM (PDT)

3

They better add a screen if they’re gonna have that much capacity.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on May 27, 2005 at 10:22 AM (PDT)

4

what the hell are they saying?  8gigabit chips are 1GB, correct?  2GB flash drives are like $200.  so the 2GB shuffle would be more expensive than the mini?  and i too think 2GB is a little much to go screenless.  this is all BS.

Posted by zip22 on May 27, 2005 at 10:47 AM (PDT)

5

actually, i looked some more, and 2gb drives can be had for around $140, but that still puts the price at or around mini territory.  they’re analysis doesnt even make sense.

Posted by zip22 on May 27, 2005 at 10:49 AM (PDT)

6

Digitimes is the least reliable source for rumors, only believe it if Think Secret says it. And then think twice.

Posted by graphicgeek in Utica, NY on May 27, 2005 at 12:23 PM (PDT)

7

possbliy it is gpod it has the same amount of memory. the gpod is in the plans of making 2gig and 4gig this is their way to over come the psp

Posted by Krieghoff in lake forest Ca on May 27, 2005 at 1:39 PM (PDT)

8

well the 1gb already holds more music than the battery can last for, so the battery would have to increase, too. and that many songs without a screen to navigate is going to be a pain. maybe they’ll have screens and be $199 and $249, so people will choose them over minis soley on size. that’s if this is true though; it probably isn’t.

Posted by jmaurand on May 27, 2005 at 3:01 PM (PDT)

9

I don’t really see 4 gig Shuffles appearing unless the Mini’s capacity is significantly raised.  First, Apple would then have 2 fairly similar products and would risk losing sales on the more expensive unit in favour of the cheaper one.  Second, 4 gigs of flash is far more expensive than the 4/6 gig microdrives that are used in the Mini.  Third, the Mini has a screen.

Posted by phennphawcks on May 28, 2005 at 3:13 AM (PDT)

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Posted by getgreg:
http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/research/recording_head/pr/PerpendicularAnimation.html

I am never going to click on a link submited by you ever again. That scared the CRAP outa me. I cant sleep knowing my computer is going to jump up and “get perpendicular”.

Posted by Rascal_King on May 28, 2005 at 11:18 PM (PDT)

11

I hope this is not true i just bought a 4gig ipod mini yesterday

Posted by Jeem1231 on May 29, 2005 at 1:07 AM (PDT)

12

but then again archos already makes a mps player almost as small as the ipod mini using the new 20 gig hitachi. same type of HD the ipod uses, i might be returning the 4 gig mini withen the week let me know what you guys think

Posted by Jeem1231 on May 29, 2005 at 1:12 AM (PDT)

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Sory for triple posting mutch less dubble posting but i have one more thing to add. DO you have aneia idia that this meens? this meens that insted of buying 250 gig hd’s like i just bought you will be buying 250 tarabite HD’S that scares the hell out of me. imaden your computer having a hitachi 250 tarabite HD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jeem1231 on May 29, 2005 at 1:19 AM (PDT)

14

I knew it was only a matter of time…any ETA?  I feel like a chump paying $34.95 for an additional 2 years protections for my 1 GB shuffle.

Posted by Tchocky in The O.C. on May 31, 2005 at 10:09 AM (PDT)

15

i think that it is great that they have mde ipod shuffles with more capacity because the ipod shuffles that they have out now just do not have enought capacity. will the battery life be longer. will it have a screen. will i be able to preorder it soo.
THANK’S, for your time.

Posted by brendan on June 13, 2005 at 1:28 PM (PDT)

16

ME FIRST WHEN WILL I BEABLE TO START PREORDERING THIS ALL-NEW ALL-COOL IPOD SHUFFLE 2GB AND 4GB AND CAN YOU TELL ME HOW MUNCH THEY WILL COST. I HOPE THEY DRIVE THE MINI’S POPULARITY WAY DOWN.

Posted by vincent on June 13, 2005 at 1:42 PM (PDT)

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