“Evidence is mounting that hard drive-based iPods may be on their way to extinction. At least that’s one conclusion you might draw from an analysis of the components inside the latest iPod classic (the sixth iPod model to feature a hard drive) by market research firm iSuppli,” Arik Hesseldahl reports for BusinessWeek.
“Why isn’t the iPod with the biggest and best screen, the iPod touch, also the one with the highest storage capacity? While the classic comes in models with 80 GB or 160 GB of storage, the touch uses flash memory chips and comes in capacities of just 8 GB and 16 GB. ‘It seems odd to me to that Apple didn’t take the best display and the highest-capacity hard drive and combine them into a single product,’ says iSuppli analyst Chris Crotty,” Hesseldahl reports.
“One reason that Apple appears to be veering in this design direction, accepting lower storage capacities for now on all but the classic, is the downward trajectory of flash memory prices,” Hesseldahl reports.
“Assuming these trends continue, Apple would be able to put 128 GB of flash into an iPod for roughly the same cost as today’s 8 GB within three years, says iSuppli analyst Andrew Rassweiler. Since the other three iPod models and the iPhone are already flash-based, the classic seems sure to follow that path,” Hesseldahl reports.
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