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Apple readying 60GB iPod

Toshiba today announced that it will offer a 60GB version of its 1.8-inch hard drive in the coming months and that Apple has already placed its order. Cindy Lee, deputy manager of Toshiba’s hard disk drive division, said the drive will enter mass production during July or August. All three iPod models (15GB, 20GB and 40GB) use Toshiba drives, while the iPod mini uses a 4GB 1-inch drive from Hitachi. Lee noted that Toshiba is currently shipping 350,000 of the 1.8-inch drives per month to Apple.

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My music experience and why I am looking forward to iPods of a much higher capacity:

Part I

I am a 32 year old living in Hong Kong.  Like many of us here, I enjoy music a lot.  When I was young I listened to radio and would buy my favourate cassette tapes.  I am not from a rich family so I could only afford my most favourate albums.

I got my first turntable record player in 1988.  Since then I started to buy vinyls, especially 12Ē singles because I enjoyed different versions of a song.  I had a walkman so I could record all my favourate songs on a tape and listen to them when I go out.

I bought my first CD player in 1990 and at that time I had already bought a few CDs.  I recorded the songs on tape and the quality was far much better than before.  I kept on buying CD albums and singles.  The collection was manageable.

In 1997 I went to the UK to study.  By that time I think I had about 1000 to 1200 CDs in total.  Of course I couldnít bring all the CD with me abroad, so I bought a Sony portable MD recorder/player.  I recorded most of my favourate songs before leaving Hong Kong.  During my two and a half year stay in the UK, I bought even more CDs.  I like their music industry there: HMV and Virgin megastores are everywhere; CDs come out on a regular basis every Monday morning; of course they have a lot of new CD singles out every week and that is really great.  They are also cheap: only 1.99 or 2.99 pounds in the first week promotion, much cheaper than the imported ones in Hong Kong (at least about 4 to 5 pounds).  So I kept on buying a lot of CDs and recorded my favourable songs to MD so that I didnít have to change the CDs all the times.  At that time, I was still able to count my CD and had a database, and the number hit 2000 in the year 1998.

Posted by The Blues on June 7, 2004 at 6:33 AM (PDT)

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My music experience and why I am looking forward to iPods of a much higher capacity:

Part II

After returning home five years ago, I have started earning so I can buy more CDs.  I tried to organise them in different categories (album/OST/CDS) in alphabetical order.  However, I have lost control about two to three years ago and could not be bothered to update the database.  I donít really know how many CDs I have.  In about 2002, I started recording MP3 using Musicmatch.  I could listen to the songs arranged nicely on my computer.  I have finished most of the albums, but only done half of the singles.  I donít think I have dealt with the soundtracks yet.  I hope I can finish the conversion soon.  I donít like to download illegal MP3.  I like to own the music, the real disc and sleeve.  Itís dangerous to do so - I have heard of viruses, unrecoverable crashes and that sort of things.

I bought my 40GB iPod two months ago and it is already full now.  Itís a wonderful experience because I can listen to my favourate songs anytime I want, without having to search for/changing the actual CDs.  Itís the same old feeling - listening to my loved music when going out except that the number of songs is much larger.  The conversion process is also upgraded: originally LP to tape, CD to MD, now CD to MP3 to iPod.  Meanwhile, the iTunes shop hasnít worked in Hong Kong yet.  Although I enjoy buying CD, I reckon that I will go for on-line purchase in the future as my space for CD is running low.  I am sure there are many people who have many more CDís than I do and hopefully iPods of a higher capacity will come out soon.  Thank you for reading my experience.

Posted by The Blues on June 7, 2004 at 6:34 AM (PDT)

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