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New 8GB Seagate drive ideal for future iPod mini

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A new 8GB hard disk drive from Seagate Technologies will likely find its way into a future version of Apple's iPod mini digital music player, pending any further advancements in the 1-inch drive market during the next calendar quarter.

The new drive, capable of holding 4000 songs or 8GB worth of digital photos or video, is just one of ten new hard disk drives introduced by the Scotts Valley, Calif.-based company on Thursday.

The 8GB 1-inch drive is the latest member of Seagate's ST1 family of microdrives, which also includes a new 4GB offering. Both capacity drives weigh only 19 grams and feature a time-to-ready speed of just 1.2 seconds.

Among the drives' other features are a 2-Mbyte buffer, high shock tolerance, and Seagate's unique RunOn Technology, which improves performance while in a high-vibration environment, such as jogging.

Seagate said it is shipping a limited number 8GB ST1 drives today and is expected to ramp production in the coming months.

Apple over the past year has increasingly become one of Seagate's best customers for 1-inch microdrives. The iPod maker originally tapped Seagate to help supply the drives for its 4GB iPod mini during the second half of 2004.

At the time, Apple was being supplied with 4GB microdrives from Hitachi. When Hitachi was unable to meet growing demand for the drives, source said Apple enlisted the help of Seagate, which sold the iPod maker 5GB ST1 microdrives that were then capped and sold in 4GB iPod minis.

Seagate is also Apple's current supplier of 6GB microdrives for the second-generation iPod mini, according to sources.

Gartner research recently said the hard drive market for portable media players will reach 63 million units by 2009. While flashed-based players are showing an increasing presence in the digital music space these days, higher-capacity flash chips remain too costly for sub-$200 consumer electronic devices.

In fact, research firms such as IDC anticipate that flash memory will continue to be more costly on a per-gigabyte basis than disc drives for at least the next three years.
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nice nice 8GB ipods? nice idea... i dunno if i would buy it right away til atleast i had a steady flow of income... so yea.. depending on futureness, ill be pondering on what ipod to buy next...
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An iPod Mini, with color screen and 8-10 GB, would be the ultimate iPod.
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With the latest Portalplayer chipset and a color screen.... this will be a super amazing product
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yup yup if i ever get some fast money income, im investing into the new one 8-10GB.... despite that a 6GB will be the best suited for me
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ummm 2,000 songs not 4,000 -- since no one encodes at 'WMA 64kbps' (MS coded named "Our MP3 player selling bullshit")
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Seagate, which sold the iPod maker 5GB ST1 microdrives that were then capped and sold in 4GB iPod minis.

Is there a way to uncap these and get a 5GB iPod mini? . A q u a M a c .
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ummm 2,000 songs not 4,000 -- since no one encodes at 'WMA 64kbps' (MS coded named "Our MP3 player selling bullshit")

personally MS is BS... ive had a handful of problems w/ there operating systems, i have a friend who also cant load it up and another friend who keeps getting viruses no matter how hard they try not too... and im sitting here w/ my 2 macs happy as a jay bird i keep telling all my friends to switch to mac, b/c they're better... no viruses, no BS like MS... but they like windows... the only thing i'd go to windows for is gaming... and now that im pondering about it.. i might actually go out and buy that mac/intel machine they're coming out w/ just for the purpose of gaming
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So when can we expect new models? Does it make sense to buy 6GB iPod mini now?
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So when can we expect new models? Does it make sense to buy 6GB iPod mini now?

no, if you want the 6GB... wait til they come out w/ the 8GB.. which they prolly will... b/c apple will down price the 4 and 6GB mini models if and when they come out w/ the new 8GB models.. which they havnt said they would or wouldnt yet... but i mean, lets think about it... their supplier has the perfect size and such HDD 8GB drive for the mini... so if i were you, i'd wait.. b/c i want a mini too, and im waiting too.. b/c im also looking at the 6GB...
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