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Apple exec: No plans for 60GB iPod. Period.

In comments to Reuters, Apple Hardware Product Marketing VP Greg “Joswiak shot down market rumors of 60-gigabyte models in the pipeline. ‘We have no plans in regard to announcing 60-gigabyte models,’ Joswiak said. ‘We are trying to create a much more compelling lineup with two models for 20 and 40 gigabytes at extremely compelling prices.’”

Apple’s comments come some weeks after Toshiba publicly announced that it was already supplying Apple with hundreds of thousands of 60 gigabyte, 1.8” drives per month, an announcement which was subsequently said to have angered otherwise secretive Apple executives. Whether these drives will be used in future music-centered iPods, or in other devices, is currently unknown.

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I guess the Toshiba 60GB reports were false. See this makes sense because if there was a 60GB hard drive already produced, the rest of the models would be thinner.

For example, the 20GB hard drive used to be thick compared to the 10GB. But then when the 30GB came out, the 20GB’s thickness decreased to the size of the 10GB, and the 30GB was the thickest drive. This has happened several times during iPod line introductions. Every iPod line had the top-model with the largest hard drive being a thicker unit than the rest of the models.

When I heard of this 60GB coming out, I was excited because it meant to me that the 40GB would be reduced to the thickness of the 20GB. When I saw on that the 40GB is still 0.12” thicker, I realised that a 60GB isn’t coming for quite a while.

Posted by br- on July 19, 2004 at 1:45 PM (CDT)


Why would Apple change a system that works?  They left a spot open for the 60gb, and the harddrive exists. 

I will be real surprised if we don’t hear about a 60gb in the next six months.  Real surprised.

Posted by djfeld01 on July 19, 2004 at 2:34 PM (CDT)


Jos did NOT say that Apple was not planning a 60 gig iPod.  He said they had no plans to ANNOUNCE a 60 gig iPod.  The Toshiba drives are not available until Aug/Sept time frame.  There is PLENTY of time to plan that announcement when drives are available (perhaps in Steve’s Keynote in Paris at the end of August?).


Posted by Bubbler on July 19, 2004 at 2:48 PM (CDT)


well that is a surprising comment indeed.  If it is true, then what is apple planning on using all those 60 gb drives it has been buying?  A video product? It’s been denied enough times that I doubt it?  Perhaps an “ipod pro”, more of a high end product with pro features?  I doubt that too. 

Most likely, they want the 40 gb models to sell like hotcakes, so they dont want potential buyers sitting on their hands, waiting for future products.  Buy it now, it’s the best.  That’s the message.

Posted by josephdesign on July 19, 2004 at 2:51 PM (CDT)


Apple already has a handfull of the 60s. We can be pretty sure that a 60GB ipod will be available by christmas. But, that still leaves Apple with a lot of old disk drives. Toshiba reps said they started mass producing these babies in late june early august. So, Apple probably has 100,000 of these on hand for this new digital product. As everyone has already said it looks like we’ll be seeing a nice 4 or 5MP camera video recorder from Apple pretty shortly.

Posted by Lemon on July 19, 2004 at 2:56 PM (CDT)


bubbler, i have to agree… believe you/me there will be a 60gb version and it will be priced at $500 in sept/aug time. it really bugs me that apple is selling the idea that these are “cheaper” models and the only way to do that is to hold the successor until everyone spends all their money! i love apple, i have 4 cubes at home, g5, and all the latest powerbook models… it just realy bugs me that this is their strategy. another theory of mine is the hPod will be the 60gb version, but then i highly doubt it since HP wants to offer a “cheaper” alternative… whatever that means.

Posted by evansls on July 19, 2004 at 3:05 PM (CDT)


I don’t think Apple is “withholding” these 60 GB drives to make more money (?) Maybe they really don’t have a 60 ready.

Posted by Nagromme on July 19, 2004 at 3:28 PM (CDT)


They probably sell far more 15/20 gb iPods than the higher-capacity ones anyway, so making everyone wait for a 60gb iPod before they release the entire line doesn’t make sense.

I’m sure Karl Lagerfeld is holding onto his wallet until the 60 comes out…

Posted by dfd on July 19, 2004 at 3:33 PM (CDT)


They probably have good reason for not coming out with a 60GB model straight away. Apple is one of the best companies for marketting strategy.
As to whether there will be a 60GB anytime soon, I don’t know. We’ll see.

Posted by dino in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on July 19, 2004 at 4:14 PM (CDT)


No surprise since Apple rarely, if ever, comments on future products in their pipelines.  I’d expect an announcement by the time iTMS turns 2.

Posted by Straphanger in New York City on July 19, 2004 at 5:22 PM (CDT)


So, if not a 60G iPod, what are all those 60G drives for?

Maybe the new iMac will be a super-compact model with 60G microdrive?

Posted by The Famous Druid on July 19, 2004 at 5:55 PM (CDT)


So, if not a 60G iPod, what are all those 60G drives for?

Maybe the new iMac will be a super-compact model with 60G microdrive?

Posted by The Famous Druid on July 19, 2004 at 5:55 PM (CDT)


So, if not a 60G iPod, what are all those 60G drives for?

Maybe the new iMac will be a super-compact model with 60G microdrive?

Posted by The Famous Druid on July 19, 2004 at 5:55 PM (CDT)


I will bet anyone on this board a 60GB iPod that they will be out before the end of this year. Period.

Posted by Sfafuj on July 19, 2004 at 6:18 PM (CDT)


Hm.  Maybe Apple’s telling the truth?  The reason they might buy those Toshiba 60gig drives could be for a G5 Powerbook.  Perhaps they need the extra space for a new cooling system in those things since according to news and rumor sitest that’s been the most difficult part of creating a G5 Powerbook.

Posted by Zim on July 19, 2004 at 7:53 PM (CDT)


The Toshiba drives are not in production. Apple has maybe a few dozen demo pieces—that’s all.

Toshiba said the drives will be in production late summer or fall.

Please check Cnet from June 7 for details at

Posted by Mark on July 19, 2004 at 7:58 PM (CDT)


I also think that apple will make a 60GB 4G iPod. My parents bought my 3GEN 15GB 3 weeks and two days ago, so I’m kinda upset that apple came out with the 4GEN. I’m happy with mine though.

Posted by Tokanubis on July 19, 2004 at 9:28 PM (CDT)


“i love apple, i have 4 cubes at home, g5, and all the latest powerbook models”

Dude, you have too many toys. Why not donate some to a local high school?

Posted by get a life on July 19, 2004 at 9:51 PM (CDT)


I have two words for Job’s statement:

Yeah Right.

Posted by a on July 19, 2004 at 11:37 PM (CDT)


I think the drives could either be used in the iMac or the powerbook, both which need really small drives to fit all the G5 and other stuff in there. The iMac is rumoured to be of a different design and i bet for all the cooling and stuff they need small drives!

Also Apple said they were going to update the iPod range more often, this ma be ready for the next update most likely in feb or something like that. But for sure Apple could use this drive in many other products!

Posted by mark on July 20, 2004 at 2:23 AM (CDT)

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