updated 10:10 pm EST, Thu December 9, 2004
Apple to use Toshiba chip
Toshiba, Japan's second largest chipmaker, has agreed to , according to a report by Xinhuanet. The company is expected to begin selling to Apple "early next year," according to Yasuo Morimoto, senior executive vice-president at Toshiba, adding credibility to inside reports by sites such as AppleInsider that Apple will soon introduce a flash-memory based iPod--possibly as soon as Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Analysts expect Apple's flash memory iPod will sell for US$149 to US$199. The same analyst says that the market for flash memory music players is five times as big as the hard-drive market by unit sales and double its size by revenue.