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New Toshiba drives pave way for 80GB iPod, thinner 40GB

Toshiba today announced an 80GB version of its 1.8-inch hard drive that should eventually find its way into Apple’s iPod range. The company, which makes the drives found in current iPods, said the 80GB units would ship in the third quarter of 2005. “The Japanese manufacturer didn’t mention any customers by name of course, but having supplied Apple with micro hard drives to date, it seems likely the relationship will continue with the new, higher capacity,” reports The Register. A thinner and lighter version of the company’s 1.8” 40GB hard disk has also been introduced, and is likely to find its way into digital music players.

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80 Gigs!? I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fill an ipod with that much music… my 60 gig is still not full yet and I don’t know what else to put in it… time to expand music appreciaton into African tribal music and Icelandic folk songs i guess…

my guess for an 80 gig. definitely ipod video. it’ll be beautiful. hand in hand with final cut pro.

Posted by ——————adam—————— on December 14, 2004 at 10:23 AM (CST)

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The key thing here is that Tosh is upping the areal density of the drives. So the 40GB version will be a single platter design. Much thinner than the current 2-platter design, and lighter. Takes less power to run (only have to rotate one platter instead of two). And being thinner, that lets you squeeze in some extra battery volume into the same casing, so longer battery life all round.

Posted by Demosthenes on December 14, 2004 at 10:47 AM (CST)

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Yeah, I don’t get it.  I have a 20G 4th-gen that I don’t fill up.  It’s not that I don’t have that much music - I have at least 60gigs on my home server, but I just manage my iPod.  There are some things I just don’t have to have with me at all times….

Posted by m. sherman in Northern VA on December 14, 2004 at 10:48 AM (CST)

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Have to agree, I think the law of diminishing returns begins to set in with respect to iPod hardrive size.  Of course if other applications are developed this could change.

Just how much music can you really manage?  Photos? Even 1,000 photos are probably less than a gig of space.

Maybe they develop the iPod into a micro computer or add video storage and playing capabilities, or both!

Posted by Obadiah on December 14, 2004 at 12:43 PM (CST)

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Personally, I just want to see them make the iPod into a better music player, not keep adding new features. 

In my opinion, the iPod photo was a bad move, but that’s just my opinion.

I’d rather they spend the time making the ipod smaller, have longer battery life, perhaps hold more music, look better, etc….

Adding more features (video, photos, etc) will eventually turn it into something people don’t want.  The iPod is successful because it does one thing very well. 

This story isn’t so much about the new 80gig drive, but it’s about what they did to the smaller drivers.  The 40g now has just one platter on the disk, making it skinner and use less power.  That means the new 40gig iPods will be smaller and have longer battery life.  To me, that is the key of this little announcement.

Posted by m. sherman in Northern VA on December 14, 2004 at 1:15 PM (CST)

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Ummm, your not getting it.  Bigger drive = higher quality music.  Eventually, you will be able to have FLAC or the Apple lossless with you and it will litterally be CD quality music out of your iPod.  I encode everything at 228 VBR so my 40 gig can only hold about 70% of what Apple claims.

Posted by granitopod on December 14, 2004 at 1:17 PM (CST)

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hmmm note to m. sherman…the new ipod photo does have longer battery life (15 hrs.), can hold more music (60 gigs) and does look better (color screen) as for smaller size well 3 out of 4 aint bad. Still think photo was a “bad move”??? think before you write.

Posted by dukka on December 14, 2004 at 1:36 PM (CST)

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Granitopod’s right - for those of us who love music, it’ll allow us to carry the same quantity but at a higher quality. Don’t need pictures or video, just some very good music!

I know I’m being elitist here, but does the average member of the public really need anything more than 20 gig or a mini iPod?  The chances of them filling it, or appreciating it, are slim.

All of my music’s digital - over 1500 cd’s - so an 80 gig makes sense. Next year could be so good!

Posted by The Nugget in North of the Clyde.. on December 14, 2004 at 2:28 PM (CST)

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Of course I just received my 40GB iPod after ordering it online a week ago.  Not that I would have waited…

Posted by schaaking in Minneapolis on December 14, 2004 at 4:26 PM (CST)

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if you keep waiting for the next best ipod to come out, then you’ll be waiting forever! haha thats what i thought about before i plunked down for the 60GB one

Posted by Eric Shun in Long Beach on December 14, 2004 at 9:21 PM (CST)

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XX KB/MB/GB on my XXXX.  I could never use that much.  Why would anyone ever need that much space?

I’ve been hearing the same line since 1984 and yet…there’s always a reason for more memory.  Personally, I’d like 4 or 5 TB of disc space on my iPod to fill with my music, photos, films, and datasets.

Posted by Scientist on December 14, 2004 at 10:49 PM (CST)

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Granitopod IS right!!!  For those of you who ask “who can ever need that much space?”, your taking a very narrow minded view of the world.  I too manage my music well and don’t carry my whole collection (80 gigs and growing, I still have several hundred CDs I haven’t ripped) around.  I encode all of my CDs at 320kbps for better quality.  For those of you who are about to get all up my sh!t saying that “you can’t hear the difference”, I did the test by ripping the same tracks and can hear the difference between every bit rate I tested from 128 up to 320.  I take my music seriously and use my IPOD as a source on all of my high quality, high powered stereo systems where sub-par sound quality becomes very apparent.  I spend alot of money on my Audio systems and am not willing to sacrafice the quality in lieu of disk space or lack there of and rather have my music sound close to the way it was intended while allowing me to carry a bunch of my favorite music in the palm of my hand.  I bought the 60Gig photo Ipod with storage capacity in mind only and got great battery life, a great color screen and photo capability as benefits.

Posted by NitroChulo on December 16, 2004 at 10:30 AM (CST)

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BTW… I have only 4600 songs/audiobooks on my 60 Gig IPOD leaving approximately 20 Gig available.

Posted by NitroChulo on December 16, 2004 at 10:32 AM (CST)

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