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PortalPlayer guidance hints at new iPod

iPod chip maker PortalPlayer said it expects to see “significant demand” in the second half of the year for “exciting new models” from its partners, hinting that Apple does indeed have at least one new iPod coming this Fall. Analysts believe that since more than 90% of PortalPlayer’s sales come from Apple, the company is forecasting upcoming demand for a new iPod.

“We have completed the design win activity for our customers’ exciting new models intended to ship in the second half of 2005,” PortalPlayer CEO Gary Johnson said. “In addition, we worked with the supply chain to prepare our operations for significant demand in the second half of the year.” Johnson went on to say that his company is “excited about the upcoming back-to-school and holiday season and believe we are very well positioned for significant growth in the second half of the year.”

Johnson also said that PortalPlayer will soon benefit from its flash-based designs and wireless technologies. The company believes that “market demand for high-capacity flash players (1GB or greater) has accelerated.” Johnson also noted that PortaPlayer “accelerated its investment in innovative wireless technologies that we believe will help fuel our growth in 2006 and beyond.”

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PortalPlayer emphasizing flash player technology?  Well, if Apple goes with PP for the next Shuffle that should be a step up from the mediocre (I think) SigmaTel units they now use.

As for the upcoming HD units…well, considering all the 5G speculation it hasn’t exactly been a well kept secret, regardless of any recent PortalPlay pronouncements.

Posted by flatline response on July 27, 2005 at 1:37 PM (CDT)


it’s just another ‘clue’ as to when.  but we’ve had clues… clues for early june, clues for late july…

siiiigh. I am just going with the flow on this one…

down to 599MB on my 20GB… and over 10GB of music I want to add… when the time comes, i can uncheck the holiday music and only auto sync checked songs… that’ll buy me 250 MB… haha.

Posted by Puck on July 28, 2005 at 9:35 AM (CDT)


I know it’s not likely, but sure hope Apple plans to release an 80GB iPod WITHOUT video capability…60GB just isn’t enough..

Posted by Lisa on July 28, 2005 at 11:17 AM (CDT)


errr. I think new iPod will be a video with a 80GB drive http://www.macrumors.com/

Posted by bmxing85 on July 28, 2005 at 11:32 PM (CDT)


if Apple goes with PP for the next Shuffle that should be a step up from the mediocre (I think) SigmaTel units

The one thing I like about the shuffle compared to the bigger iPods, however, is that they just plain sound better. Better bass, cleaner high-end. Maybe it’s because they are so much simpler there is less RF interference inside, or maybe it’s the different chipset, but the huge difference in sound quality is obvious.

Posted by Demosthenes on July 29, 2005 at 9:29 AM (CDT)

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