Toshiba’s new 1.8-inch hard drive paves way for 80GB Apple iPod

“Toshiba today paved the way for 80GB iPods when it said it will ship an 80GB 1.8in hard drive in Q3 2005 – a year after it introduced the 60GB version that can currently to be found inside the iPod Photo,” Tony Smith reports for The Register. “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.”

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18 Comments

  1. I kind of doubt that Apple will release an 80GB iPod that is otherwise unchanged in terms of features. At some point, the size of the hard drive is plenty big for songs, and even photos. Now, if they start offering songs on iTMS in Apple’s Lossless encoding format, then suddenly the extra space becomes vital. I’d love to see the iPod have an optical out as well.

    Otherwise, maybe we’ll see the 80GB HD show up in some “other Apple network device”.

  2. What is the speed on these things anyway? It seems like they should be able to make a Powerbook (G5 ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” /> ) with 160 GB of space with this size factor. Are they too slow?

  3. These stories always make it sound as though Toshiba is condescending to provide drives for iPods, even though somehow Apple may not be fully worthy.

    I think the reality is that Toshiba is bowing and scraping to be allowed vendor approval by Apple, who is purchasing as many of these (very expensive, probably excellent profit margin items) as Toshiba can make.

    I can hardly wait for my 80 gig iPod and G5 Powerbook.

    Mike

  4. Jack A – nothing against Toshiba, but tiny HDs like that are low yield devices and aren’t designed to have a full duty cycle like the 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives we use in laptops and desktops. They don’t spin as fast, and their design is for quick reads and spindowns.

    you can install Mac OS X on an iPod and boot from it, if you really want to. You will however, kill your iPod eventually from the hard drive abuse.

    The 80 gig drive gives Apple the option to make a crazy huge iPod, or some other device… it’s just news.

  5. Will the iPod morph into a media player (via TV) for photos; presentations; QT movies; music vidoes; (simple) games, while the ‘iPod mini’ grows into what the iPod began as – a (strictly) music player?

    iPod becomes ‘iPod max’ (cute)
    ‘iPod mini’ becomes iPod

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    Would that just confuse the models?

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