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Apple readying 16GB, 32GB flash-based video iPods?

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2007
News Categories: iPod

UBS analyst Alex Guana said yesterday that Apple could use NAND flash memory, as opposed to tiny hard disk drives, in the next version of the video iPod. Guana said that the company will more than likely introduce two new models—a 16GB and a 32GB iPod. The analyst also said that flash memory maker SanDisk would benefit from the switch and upgraded the company’s stock from a “neutral” rating to a “buy.” Guana noted that a flash-based video iPod would help increase demand for the memory and drive up its value.

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21

Why would anyone consider a 32GB video iPod a “step backward”?  I didn’t hear anyone saying that about the Nanos.  No one said Apple has to withdraw 60 and 80 and even potentially 120GB players from the market to sell flash 32GBs.  And by the time 7G rolls along, Apple will be able to offer flash 80GB, thereby replacing harddrive models altogether. 

Besides, I’m perfectly happy with my 30GB except that sometime the harddrive has access issues (and the wheel doesn’t have perfect responsiveness).  Fix those two things (the former with flash, of course) and maybe slim down just a bit, and one has a perfect iPod.

Posted by jarofchris on March 14, 2007 at 4:57 PM (PDT)

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No, no, no! I want a video iPod but it’s got to be at least 80Gb. A 32Gb flash model is a good idea, but there has to be a high-capacity hard-drive model as well. If 32Gb is the largest, I’ll feel the overwhelming need to buy it because it’s a video iPod, but I’ll also feel compelled to keep my 80Gb for the storage. I want the best of both worlds.

Posted by Japester on March 14, 2007 at 5:09 PM (PDT)

23

Why not have 32GB flash and 120GB Hard Drive?

Let the people choose.

Posted by Dr. Slice on March 15, 2007 at 3:01 PM (PDT)

24

It’s all about battery life, people. A true, widescreen video iPod is going to suck battery life like a fat man sucks a thickshake, and flash memory uses only a fraction of the power taken to spin a hard drive. The current situation, where the hard drive based video iPods get all of 3 hours battery life if you watch only video (if you’re lucky) really wouldn’t be acceptable in a new generation. So, although it’s more expensive per GB than a hard drive, Apple want to use flash memory because it’s smaller, uses way less power, giving any new iPod more battery life, and possibly a slimmer design/more space to put a larger battery.

Posted by Nuke666 in Melbourne, Austalia on March 15, 2007 at 7:50 PM (PDT)

25

What are you people whining about???
I think a flash-based 64GB or 128GB widescreen iPod should get about 10 hours or video!!!
At a thinner and lighter size too!

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People are modding their iPod mini’s with CompactFlash cards 16GB or more!!!
http://geektechnique.org/projectlab/759/the-ipod-mini-remastered-now-with-16gb

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Samsung has a 64GB!!!
http://gadgets.fosfor.se/64-gb-compact-flash-from-samsung/

Posted by will_bc on March 16, 2007 at 8:34 AM (PDT)

26

120gb will be so nice ¡¡¡¡

Posted by gonzalo on March 22, 2007 at 11:11 AM (PDT)

27

People like me don’t have the assumed 20,000 songs that go along with an 80GB video, we have expensive earphones, so we’ve converted our music libray toApple-Lossless, a format that takes up to 5 times the space of the average AAC.  On my old 30GB, I could only fit 1,000 songs with no album art, pics or videos.  When you are using high-quality formats, every last gig is precious.

Posted by thewho61 on March 26, 2007 at 5:43 PM (PDT)

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