Hitachi to double Apple ‘iPod mini’ hard drive production

“Hitachi Ltd’s hard disk drive unit said Sunday that it will spend about $200 million to double the disk drive output of its Thailand factory, including the 1-inch, 4-gigabyte disk drives that are found in the iPod Mini,” Reuters reports.

“Production of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies’ Microdrive will rise to about 2 million units per quarter by the end of the year, from 200,000 in the first three months of this year, said John Osterhout, who manages Hitachi GST’s Microdrive program,” Reuters reports. “In March, Cupertino, California-based Apple said it would delay global sales of the iPod Mini because it couldn’t get enough of the hard drives to meet U.S. demand, which had then surpassed supply through June. Apple now plans to sell iPod outside the United States starting in July.”

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  1. They are doubling the overall capacity but increasing the microdrive capacity by a factor of TEN! Eight million units a year, most of that going, I would guess, to iPod minis.

  2. Hey Mac Beth,

    Is it pink? More importantly, will it be moist?

    Just wondering… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. And now we have a good idea of how many iPod minis were sold in Q2.

    Let’s say 75% to 85% of 200,000: so 150,000 – 170,000 then.

    Of course, this is a failure and Apple is doomed. � Paul Thurrott

  4. not my fault, someone else brought up the subject of george clooney ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    fandango, ive had mine for a long time now. its pink and sometimes moist but never around u :p

    i have had my pink mini for a long time now too. i luv it. everbody wants it especially when i wear the “arm”band in my special flirty way ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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