“Toshiba on Monday announced in Japan that it’s increasing the song capacity of its Gigabeat line of hard drive-based digital audio players,” Richard Shim reports for CNET News. “The HDD Audio Player Gigabeat line will top out at 60 gigabytes and will be available before the end of the year in the country… The electronics company is one of the major suppliers for 1.8-inch drives used in many hard drive-based digital audio players, including Apple Computer’s iPod, which tops out at 40GB. Although Apple has in the past used larger-capacity drives from Toshiba, the Mac maker said in July that it had no imminent plans for a higher-capacity iPod.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Surely Apple has plans for a higher capacity 60GB iPod. Now, with Toshiba announcing a 60GB player, the only real question isn’t if, but when will Apple do so? With iPod demand so high, it will have to be when 60GB drives are in sufficient quantity for Apple to be able to keep up with the orders.

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