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Toshiba\'s new drive paves the way for 80GB iPod

updated 07:45 am EST, Tue December 14, 2004

Toshiba\'s 80GB iPod drive

Toshiba today when it announced a 80GB 1.80-inch hard drive, which it says it expects to ship in third quarter of next year, according to The Register. The announcement comes one year after it introduced the 60GB version of the same drive, which is now found in the high-end iPod Photo. "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." The report notes that the new generation of 40GB drives, expected to ship with the ultra-high capacity 80GB version next year, will be thinner, which will likely continue to the trend of the thinning form-factor of the iPod over successive generation releases by Apple.

by MacNN Staff




  1. zootdaze

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...but, I'm not paying $800 for an iPod.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You know what this means?

    Surely this means the PowerBook G5 is right around the corner! Toshiba is just RIPE to sell three to five million of these things!

    Seriously, thought, at 80MB, capacity has reached a point where it makes sense to put this in ultralight notebooks. As far as the iPod, I'm more interested in a thinner, lighter 40GB model than I am a 80GB model.

    Because remember, when it comes to models, thinner is better.

  1. SomeToast

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Keep going!

    Next step, 100 gig. That much closer to iPod nirvana.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    tru dat

    I agree with zootdaze. It's exciting that the iPod's are getting bigger and badder but the prices are getting bigger and badder too. Makes sense, but how about a entry level iPod that's reasonalbe for the masses. I hope the rumors of a flash based iPod are true.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Except, I'm looking for a 60G Pod without any of the photo stuff for 500 bucks (well, it SHOULD be 400).

  1. outZider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have an iPod 20. Since the 40 gig drives are going down to 0.5 -- perhaps I can just buy one and swap it in. :)

  1. Go Bells

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Ok, this just came to me, but perhaps it's not even possible.....

    What if, the new PowerBooks came with an 80GB iPod HardDrive? Basically, there is some sort of port you can slide your iPod in and out of the PowerBook, and when it's undocked as such, it becomes a regular ole iPod? Therefore, schools could have a lab of harddrive-less laptops (this could work for towers too) and the students (or employees in a large corporation) could just bring their iPod harddrives around with them....

    From the more technical folks here on this forum, could this be feasible?

  1. duck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not suitable for Pbook

    The drives used in iPods aren't rated for continual use, due to heat issues. If you used it as a boot drive in a powerbook, I think you'ld be lucky to get 6 months of life out of it.

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