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Analyst sees terabyte iPod in Apple’s future

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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21

For now, I would be very happy with 80GB.

Posted by Bad Beaver on November 12, 2005 at 8:13 AM (PDT)

22

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

i find text much cheaper and handier then phoning on a mobile, 6 words a minute? do you type with your toes? i text as quick as i type, its just like another keyboard to most mobile phone users, most people i know can text without looking at the keys….

as for 1 terabyte, we say now that no one would need it, but i remember when i was saying who needs 1gb of harddrive space, it was a dream… soon a 250gb harddrive will be pathetic, the next generation of children will have 20TB harddrives… harddrives are getting bigger and software companys (especially MS) are taking advantage of the the rapid upgrades to hardware. It will be about 2years before TB harddrives come in computers as optional.

Posted by Liam on November 12, 2005 at 8:44 AM (PDT)

23

this analysts is saying in the near future from what i understand. sure, eventually there will be a need for a terabyte of space, and people will laugh at us for thinking 64 bit processors are fast.

right now, a terabyte ipod would be huge! And imagine the battery life!

Posted by joshua on November 12, 2005 at 9:47 AM (PDT)

24

Ok a response to a couple of people.

1 TB is nothing. I do stuff in GB and not just single GB’s like 5 GB min. When I capture stuff off TV. They are 7 GB files with perfect picture and quality. I have a TB of storage on my computer and I have less than 10 GB left. I not only capture TV shows, but also do movie editing and photoshop.

I think the 1 TB would be very usefull in a couple of months. When Apple starts putting out TV shows. I would love to have The Simpsons on my iPod and be able to connect it to a TV. I mean if I have a lot of shows, pictures, movies, and songs. I think I could easily fill up a TB of space and also if you use it as a HD then the price value will just go up even more. I mean Lacie has already released a normal external hard drive size hard drive which is 1 TB. I think if apple worked on it hard enough they could shrink that size to maybe something larger than the original iPod, possible twice the size.

Posted by Bhavik on November 12, 2005 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

25

TeraByte is inevidable:)

Posted by floridante2k on November 12, 2005 at 12:40 PM (PDT)

26

Is this really news? Umm, yeah, Apple will release terabyte iPod, and so will other manufactures! It’s not like Apple making their own hard-drives. This is up to Toshiba/IBM/Seagate/HDD manufacture, and anybody that uses their products. Reporters are getting lazy and ignorant.

With terabytes, most users probably won’t have to use lossy compression anymore. Imagine your whole music collection in uncompressed original quality format in the plam of your hand. smile

Oh, when will we get gapless?

Posted by pika2000 on November 12, 2005 at 2:39 PM (PDT)

27

My Idea for an iPhone:

Imagine the iPod split in the middle horizontally to where the screen can twist to the front or back. On the front - the normal click wheel - on the back - a keypad. So whenever you want to make a call, rotate the screen around, dial in your number. Then, just switch it back around and listen to your favorite tunes or watch your favorite movie.

Posted by Robototobor on November 12, 2005 at 10:39 PM (PDT)

28

THIS WILL BE SOOOOOOO 1337!*&Y@!!@!@!!!!

Posted by OMFGN on November 12, 2005 at 11:38 PM (PDT)

29

aha! aha! aha! aha!
u are all “retarted!!”
aha! aha! aha! aha! aha!

Posted by cock on November 13, 2005 at 12:24 AM (PDT)

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>> Imagine the iPod split in the middle horizontally to where the screen can twist to the front or back. On the front - the normal click wheel - on the back - a keypad. So whenever you want to make a call, rotate the screen around, dial in your number. Then, just switch it back around and listen to your favorite tunes or watch your favorite movie.

I like. However, I’d still prefer the idea of two screens: One that takes input, one that manages output and a dedicated clickwheel outside a flip-case. The input screen could take input in lots of ways, changing based on the situation from click-wheel to text messaging and could even support a full keyboard for those who enable it who happen to have tiny fingers or something to poke at it with handy.

Because I know I’d much prefer a full graphical keyboard to tapping the same key 4 times to get at common letters and sounds.

Posted by Fruit Bat on November 13, 2005 at 6:44 AM (PDT)

31

heres a crazy idea, a PB iPod. yes thats a petabyte (1024TB)!You could put like a years workth of music on it. OR everyone could have a reciever in their housewith the PB hard drive. The that would be connected to a high speed internet connection, then your ipod will have a wireless connection over a cell network or something with like just 1gb of temporary flash storage (like the ipod has now for like skip protection etc, also remember in the future uncompressed audio file may easily take ub a gb) also this gb of space would ensure smooth playback. Now that would be cool

Posted by alex on November 13, 2005 at 5:56 PM (PDT)

32

when the first iPod came out, people were saying how much 5 gigs was, and how no one would ever need all that space…oh how the times have changed.

Posted by greenwizard88 in philly on November 13, 2005 at 6:19 PM (PDT)

33

how many gigabytes is a terabyte?

Posted by Bradley on November 13, 2005 at 7:00 PM (PDT)

34

The future is bandwidth, not storage.  A terabyte iPod is pointless. 

No current storage technology is developing at a rate that can project an increase in the storage to size ratio that would make a terabyte of storage fit in an enclosure the size of a current iPod within five years.

Within five years there may be a terabyte home media server the size of a Mac mini, or something in that range, but not something people will be carrying on their hip.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on November 13, 2005 at 9:56 PM (PDT)

35

a terabyte is 1024 gigs

Posted by hey on November 13, 2005 at 11:32 PM (PDT)

36

iPod.. in FIVE years? If Apple hasn’t moved on to a new concept (new name) by then I’ll eat my socks smile

Posted by Andreas on November 14, 2005 at 11:26 AM (PDT)

37

IPod.. in FIVE years? If Apple hasn’t moved on to a new concept (new name) by then I’ll eat my socks
By Andreas on 11.14.05 at 10:26 AM

And do you like those socks with salt AND pepper?  The Ipod brand is far too intrenched to abandon now.  Apple may be onto a totally new and unimaginable (now) concept but it’ll probably still be called Ipod.  After all, the computer I’m using right now is still called a MAC.

Posted by Halhiker on November 14, 2005 at 9:41 PM (PDT)

38

When the terabyte iPod phone arrives it will definitely needs a text input device. And a video camera.  I’m thinking social networking via wifi with Music and video sharing.

Posted by bklynadam on November 15, 2005 at 3:38 PM (PDT)

39

it will be a telepathic phone.
eeheheheheheh

Posted by BEAGLE on November 15, 2005 at 10:17 PM (PDT)

40

you don’t need any of these functions in a iphone if you have a voice recanition that works good!

Posted by qua versal on November 30, 2005 at 11:18 AM (PDT)

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