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  • Toshiba's New 1.8-inch Drive Could Boost iPod Classic's Capacity to 220 GB


    This week, Toshiba left the tech blogosphere buzzing with its introduction of a powerful new 1.8-inch drive capable of providing a whopping amount of storage capacity to a relatively small mobile device. Toshiba’s MKxx39GSL series of 1.8-inch hard drives delivers capacities ranging from 160 GB to 220 GB. And some believe the life of Apple's iPod classic will be extended as a result of Toshiba's latest offering.

    Gone are the days when the iPod classic generates the most hype of any Apple product. Despite being largely bumped to the consumer electronics back-burner as a mobile gadget taken for granted in the contemporary world of iPads and iPhone 4s, the iPod classic has been rumored to be resting on the product chopping-block at Apple for quite some time. But as our friends at 9 to 5 Mac suggest, a possible September iPod refresh - delivering a 220 GB capacity update - could make the "old" quite "new" again.

    Just how much data storage does 220GB on the iPod classic deliver? You're looking at enough capacity to house some 55,000 songs or 275 hours of video. Of course, if you're a pictures person, there would be space for roughly 34,000 photos. Best of all, since the drive is more power-efficient, the iPod classic's current battery life of 36 hours will be extended drastically. With more storage capacity than ever imagined and improved playback and battery life, Toshiba’s MKxx39GSL series of 1.8-inch hard drives may provide a breath of fresh air into an aging Apple product largely credited with sparking the company's proverbial comeback in the tech industry.

    9 to 5 Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Toshiba's New 1.8-inch Drive Could Boost iPod Classic's Capacity to 220 GB started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      220gb lmao thats more than my computers memory...
      It's more than three times mine. Then again my computer sucks.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      I'm sitting at a measly 2.64 TB
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      ^How many drives do you have?
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Lol it was an exaggeration. But there sure as hell isn't 55K

      My dad has like 6,000 songs and I definitely wouldn't put all of them on my iPod even if they were free and I had the space. I have yet to get one of the free singles from iTunes.
      Well, I currently have a collection of 535 songs on my iPhone. I don't pirate... On my computer, there's another 700 or so songs that didn't make it to my phone.

      Organising it all, and deciding on which ones to have with me all the time is a pain in the rear.

      You really should give the free singles a chance. Did you know that my copy of Fireflies by Owl City was a free single of the week download? I had it before it hit the radio in a big way. Now, that may not be your type of music, but they feature all kinds of music, so eventually you'll find one you like... Unless you only like old music, and can't stand finding new sounds for your collection.

      I do agree tho, 220gb for music seems quite extreme. I listen to all kinds of music, and have favourites from every genre... Still can't imagine having 55,000 songs. MAYBE by the time I'm 80, but that's 52 years away!
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      ^How many drives do you have?
      640gb in my MacBook and then two 1 TB externals.

      Also, there are a lot of people that prefer higher quality sound. 128kbps is horrible, anything under 256 is noticably of a lesser quality. I know a few people who will only deal with flac files and others of that calibre. Even with simple 320kbps the size adds up real fast.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I think people get to carried away with the quality of music (lol I mean bitrate and FLAC), as well as saying "I have a huge variety of music, it's just I have 3,000 songs I don't really like".
      I actually did download this week's "Discovery Download", it's kinda decent.
    1. Gazuga6176's Avatar
      Gazuga6176 -
      Time for Apple to throw some sweet beat matching super genius playlist capabilities to this thing.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      this would be nice, maybe the price could be dropped a little more too, would be nice to keep in your car with everything you have and connect to a double din screen deck that way you can everything that you have on your computer