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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, November 11, 2005
News Categories: iPod

Apple could possibly create an iPod with 1 terabyte of storage, as well as a true “iPhone” says one analyst. “A terabyte iPod might sound crazy today, but we believe in five years a terabyte iPod will emerge as a portable home media center,” says Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster in an research report obtained by iLounge. “We continue to believe that Apple will enter the mobile phone market. We would not expect an ‘iPhone’ to be launched for at least 12-18 months.”

The report also discusses possible future plans for iTunes and the Mac mini. “The key to iTunes in the next 12-24 months will be gaining access to more video content… Apple will work with networks, film studios, and other content providers to coerce them into offering more content via iTunes,” continues Munster. “Expect Mac to become a hub for consumer digital media as Front Row technology gets incorporated into the Mac Mini.” The report also mentions a possible AirPort Express for video to stream video from iTunes to TV.

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Of course, there will be a terabyte iPod someday. No need to be an Analyst to see this ...

Posted by Lars on November 11, 2005 at 12:37 PM (PDT)


[B]It’s funny because people are all like “the 80 gig ipod will never come out, :retarted laugh:”[/B]
Just remember this in 10 years.

Posted by Jonathan Keim on November 11, 2005 at 1:07 PM (PDT)


OK, time to pipe up again about my iPod phone prediction. No keypad, still just the click wheel. The screen lock feature on the nano and the 5G give a major clue how this could be achieved (think rotary dial phones…), while of course anyone already in your (sync’d) address book could be phoned simply by selecting them from a list.

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on November 11, 2005 at 1:55 PM (PDT)



What is one of the most important functions of modern mobiles? TEXT MESSAGING! (SMS).

Imagine writing text messages with a rotary input system.
Even better: Try it for yourself with the Nokia phone that uses this exact same system. See how many Nokia has sold…

Posted by apt on November 11, 2005 at 3:13 PM (PDT)


I find it amusing that this passes as an analysis on the future of the iPod/digital media.  Ironic that anaylists with so little imagination are trying to predict the development of such an imaginative company.

Posted by Mr. Future on November 11, 2005 at 4:10 PM (PDT)


heres what i have always thought about for phones or new ipods.

full screen on one side, controls on other.  you control them with your 8 fingers while looking at the screen.  maybe two thumb-buttons on the front side…

Posted by Your Mom on November 11, 2005 at 4:22 PM (PDT)


Think Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WiMax…

Wireless input/output!

Posted by Victor on November 11, 2005 at 4:35 PM (PDT)


Why would someone need an Ipod that holds 1 Terabyte of music…

Posted by C on November 11, 2005 at 4:57 PM (PDT)


hm.. an iphone. maybe. someday. i could see them developing some kind of wirless phone that works off of wireless networks. sitting right here i pick up 4 different wireless networks… just imagine in 5 years. think something like a cross between current mobile phones and vonage.

of course legally would this be possible? probably not.

if they do release an iphone they would have to totally rethink and redesign how mobile phones are done. because they suck.

Posted by Travis on November 11, 2005 at 5:06 PM (PDT)


“Why would someone need an Ipod that holds 1 Terabyte of music…”

Because not everyone is content listening to the same 40 songs at crap quality through the garbage earbuds that come with ipods.  Some of us love the idea of a lossless library of music in the palm of our hand.

More space, more music, bigger files, better quality.

Posted by stark23x on November 11, 2005 at 5:09 PM (PDT)


and to add to that. lots of video files will require lots of space.

Posted by ABC on November 11, 2005 at 5:38 PM (PDT)


“Why would someone need an Ipod that holds 1 Terabyte of music…”

Uh, even the so-called ‘analyst’ makes the 1 Terabyte issue quite clear by stating “but we believe in five years a terabyte iPod will emerge as a portable home media center” - ie: all your music, pictures, and movies (entire DVD collection, anyone?) that you can carry in your coin pocket. You’re at your friends house and say “did you see the last episode of XYZ? No? Well, I’ve got it right here - let’s watch!”

Here’s my way-out iPhone prediction: dict-i-Phone. Built-in mic with diction translation:
ie speak “Call Susan at work” (like a hands free dialer in expensive cars now) or speak “text message to Thomas: lol - all your base are belong to iPhone!”

Posted by jojo on November 11, 2005 at 5:52 PM (PDT)


Touch screen iphone.

It solves the keyboard issue AND the size issue.

Posted by Alvin on November 11, 2005 at 6:55 PM (PDT)


I’m all for a terabyte iPod in 5 years. 

What I am not for is the lame, low quality stuff Apple is selling at the iTunes Music Store.  Sure it’s convenient, but much to expensive for what it is.

$2 a pop for low res, 4:3 ratio (cropped) DRM’ed clips that you can’t even burn to DVD. Yech!

Amazon sells season 1 of Lost for $37. Beautiful 1:78 ratio, anamorphic widescreen transfers. Comes to about $1.50 an episode already stored on DVD media you can play anywhere. And let’s face it, if you really want the episodes on your hard drive, ripping DVDs in no harder than CDs these days. If you buy them, they are yours, go ahead and rip em. No one is gonna come after you.

Let’s not forget you can watch the show in High-Definition for FREE on broadcast television!

I just can’t see spending so much for so little at the iTunes Music Store.

Posted by skellener on November 11, 2005 at 7:38 PM (PDT)


500,000 songs? Who has that many songs? Not even a radio station

Posted by bling bling on November 11, 2005 at 7:40 PM (PDT)


“Why would someone need an Ipod that holds 1 Terabyte of music…”

There’s always one.

Posted by Timbo on November 11, 2005 at 8:47 PM (PDT)


“It’s funny because people are all like “the 80 gig ipod will never come out, :retarted laugh:”
Just remember this in 10 years.”

“retarted”? It’s “retarded”! Or rather, YOU are retarded.

Posted by You moron! on November 11, 2005 at 9:19 PM (PDT)


Text messaging (SMS) is freaking gay. hold on lemme tyme out 6 words a minute when you have a phone in you hand just call. SMS SUCKS!!!!

Posted by Richard Hurtz on November 11, 2005 at 10:09 PM (PDT)


I have over 500,000 songs ...

Posted by IbeTheSauce on November 11, 2005 at 10:11 PM (PDT)


A terabyte of space…I need more music. Hopefully that will mean hours, and hours of battery life! Imagine, an iPod with 7 days of music/pictures/video/whatever playback. That would be sweet.

Posted by PimpyMicPimp on November 12, 2005 at 4:22 AM (PDT)

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