RUMOR: Apple’s ‘iPod flash’ revealed (with image)

“TheMacMind swears up and down that [they] have the scoop on the new flash-based iPod, along with some specs and a mock-up of what’s going to look like. The hardest part is that there’s no screen or display of any kind (although that’s something that does get dispensed with on the absolutely smallest MP3 player), and the iPod flash (that’s what they claim it’s going to be called) is supposed to be just 2.5″ by 1.5″ by 0.5″ [inches] in size and start at 99 bucks for the 256MB version, with pricier 512MB and 1GB versions also available,” Engadget reports.

The site seems to be down currently – if you can get through, the link is here.

Full Engadget article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, whaddya think?


  1. what no screen? Even if it only holds 70 songs you wanna have a chance to play them in any order other than alphabetical. I like the concept posted on iPodlounge a few weeks ago. Colour and a screen.

  2. nope.. fake.

    But I think it is possible that Apple could release a flash based player. I don’t think it will be hugely smaller than the Mini, because even though they could make a smaller player, that wouldn’t necessarily make it easy to use. I don’t hear people complaing about how hard it is to carry around the Mini. Heck, there’s an armband that lets you attach it to your arm. That’s not small enough?

  3. Looks like an Apple mouse with iPod controls. Now if Apple would only add a couple buttons and a scroll wheel ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. No display. No way !

    My thoughts on this stay the same. The capacity is all about 1,000 songs. That’s the minimum I beleive Apple will allow. It’s the entry point.

    When Flash becomes cheap enough to fit 1,000 songs on, then Apple will make a Flash iPod. It won’t be much smaller than the mini, but may well be slimmer and lighter, with greatly extended battery life.

    I think that the 4GB iPod mini would not have been made by Apple without being able to get 1,000 songs on it at quality. It needed 128 k AAC. When the gen 1 iPod came out, it was pushed as 1,000 songs in your pocket rather than 5GB (or 4.6GB formatted!).

    SO I think this is nonsense. Jobs has repeatedly knocked the 256MB players for not holding enough music. They’re selling plenty of the premium 4GB_ iPods, so why would they enter a cheaper market with lower margins ?

    Better to be more expensive and something to aspire to.

  5. The design sucks for a small unit. The wheel is in the center which is less than optimum while holding it in one hand. The icons are too large and too high contrast. I think it’s a fake.

  6. No way!

    No screen?… for a micro 64MB, or 124MB you can get away without a screen. But 512MB or 1GB… forget it.

    The soap bar form looks ok, but that firewire plug needs more support.

    And finally… the ‘click wheel’ is a certainty for any iPod.
    Scroll thru the songs, select centre button, scroll for volume. This mock up just dosn’t add up. No way!

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