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Apple planning flash-based digital music player?

updated 07:15 pm EDT, Fri October 1, 2004

Apple flash-based player?

Citing "numerous sources in Asia," Thomas Weisel analyst Jason Pflaum said Apple will use SigmaTel's controller chips for a player it's planning to launch this Christmas, according to The Miami Herald: "SigmaTel stock rose Friday after a Wall Street firm said the semiconductor company will supply chips for a music player from Apple Computer Inc. Unlike Apple's hugely popular iPod and iPod Mini players, , which has less capacity but can make for a lighter, cheaper player."

by MacNN Staff





  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969


    For a second...

    For a second there I thought Apple was going to bring a Flash That Doesn't Suck to Macs.

    Disappointed that it's not.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is incredible news. SigmaTel is providing the controller chips! Who saw that coming, because I sure didn't!!! Man, now the possibilities are endless! AM/FM radio included, built-in voice and stereo-quality recording. 50 hour battery life. Built-in ability to read/rip/tag CDs, LPs, tapes, and 8-tracks (reel-to-reel not supported, sorry guys) without needing a computer.

    Man, I'm so excited about this SigmaTel news, I think I'm going to piss my pants! c***, just did. Oh, double-c***, just did the c*** thing too. Anyone got a clean pair of pants out there....

  1. zac4mac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Testudo -

    Time for decaf, dude ;)


  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Highly Skeptical

    Who knows, maybe Apple does have a flash player in the pipeline. But I'll remain highly skeptical until I actually see one. That would go against absolutely everything Steve Jobs has said about the iPod if one is produced by Apple.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Highly Skeptical

    Well, they have 92.1 Percent of all HD MP players, and 65% of all MP3 players. They only way they can have 92.1 percent of all MP3 players, is if they make flash based players.

  1. mouseketter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    For the pictures

    If the new super iPod supposedly coming out is going to have a color screen and a video out jack. I suspect that any card reading would be for CF cards from cameras. To make it easier to get the pics into the iPod. You might be-able to use the card for playing back music but it's main purpose would be for photos.

    So let just recap the iPod rumors.
    60gig HD
    Color screen
    Black in color
    Pre-loaded with U2 newest album
    Built in card reader
    Wireless (bluetooth?)
    New iTunes
    New iPod OS
    Video out jack

    One personal note. If the iPod does have a color screen and a card reader, maybe somebody will put some cool games out.

  1. Feeling_Macish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Now we're talking!

    I need a flash-based iPod Mini with 1 terrabyte of storage.

  1. scotty321

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ipod baby

    My guesses for the name of the flash-based iPod:

    iPod Baby
    iPod Micro
    iPod Lite

    I'm putting my money on iPod Baby!!!

  1. Eric_Henao

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I would be so much more perfect having a flash player. The cost would be much more attainable. I don't need to put of my music library on the thing. Just the dj mixes of the week. Plus it would be perfect for the gym. Can you say arm band strap?


  1. vickys-box

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I presume these won't exhibit the gap between tracks problems that iPods have, plus the most annoying 'won't play the first track in a playlist after loading from disc when walking too fast but if you skip back a track it plays fine'.

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