Originally Posted by TenoBell
An HDD defeats the directions the Touch is going in. I'm sure Apple won't miss one sale out of 40 million.
I'm sure they won't. I didn't intend to be Super Internet Bad-ass(tm) and imply that my market power can drive the company. All I meant is that there are two things Apple currently has in its iPod line that I find compelling: the touch interface and a staggering capacity. Unfortunately, they haven't put those two features on a single iPod. Since I own a Video, a Photo, a Mini, a Nano, a Shuffle, and a Phone I don't exactly need
to buy a new iPod anytime soon -- so until the features I find compelling enough to do so are integrated in an iPod, I'm not interested. I've got enough low-capacity devices. I've got enough clickwheel devices. That's all.
Now, if a previous poster is correct and an HDD makes it impossible to do slick stuff like CoverFlow, I see a couple of workarounds, the most obvious being the use of a small amount of Flash for the OS and apps and an HDD for data storage. Data that needs to be rapidly available (like album art for CF) can also be stored/cached on the Flash. Or, I suppose, I can wait until 256 GB Flash becomes feasible.