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Rumors of Mini iPods

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the vaporware dept.

Media (Apple) 621

TheKidWho writes "According to Thinksecret: 'Reliable sources inside and outside of Apple have confirmed Apple will announce the new pocket-size iPods in a number of capacities and in various colors, including stripes. Capacities will be 2 and 4GB -- meaning users could store some 400 and 800 songs, respectively. Prices will start at around $100US, Think Secret has learned. It is not known if the new product line will be available immediately after introduction. It is also expected that current iPod models will be revamped to add body colors as well.' With the $99 price tag, it seems these rumored iPods could make big headway in the low end mp3 player market."

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Batteries? (3, Interesting)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797382)

But will they introduce a user replaceable battery?

Re:Batteries? (0, Interesting)

Goyuix (698012) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797453)

What I want at least as much as a replacable battery is for the MP3 player to just show up as removeable storage... that way it is easier to have it be cross platform, and the software can simply read and write it like a file system because it is.

There are a few players out there that support this - and here is to hoping (even though it is in vain) that Apple makes this dream come true.

Re:Batteries? (1)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797561)

I don't think that's really conducive to DRM encorcement.

Re:Batteries? (5, Informative)

shawnce (146129) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797565)

Ummm... the iPod already does this. Or are you talking about having this in just a smaller form factor?

Re:Batteries? (2, Redundant)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797568)

Yes, moderators, that's an interesting comment, describing a feature that already exists in the iPod.

Re:Batteries? (0)

Aliencow (653119) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797627)

What my ipod-owning friends told me is that the ipod does that indeed.. yet if you just copy an mp3 to it it doesn't show up on it and you can't play it because it's not registered in a database or playlist or something... is that even remotely true or are they just dumb?

Re:Batteries? (3, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797586)

and 2gb removable usb drive for 100$...

not bad imho, though as always it remains to be seen. apple hw is funny in the sense that the RUMOURS are told in the fashion that normal announcements would be otherwise(and likewise, rumours used as facts when comparing to other upcoming hw with shipping dates, specs and reviews).


Re:Batteries? (5, Informative)

dasmegabyte (267018) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797667)

Well, the iPod shows up as removable storage. It is either a mac FS or FAT32. And you can dump files into it using third party programs, such as EphPod and PodWerks.

What you're asking for is already done.

What ISN'T done, is the ability to manage files by directory: to drag and drop them using your os and "just have it work." This isn't done for several reasons, not the least of which is indexing. Maintaining an index of the ID3 data inside an MP3 file is as important as its name...because it is this metadata that allows you to search by genre, artist, 'star' rating, etc. If you just dragged and dropped the files, you'd either have to a) build this index on disconnect, which could lead to LOTS of trouble, not to mention a lengthy startup time or b) build this index when the files are copied, which means having to attach data to the driver, and gets you no closed to cross platform compatibility than having a uniform application.

Another reason is to assuade fears that Apple was making a file swapping tool. Apple's software is one way only...copy to the ipod or delete it. You can't copy from it. Therefore, Apple can't be sued for abetting piracy...since all the pirates have to use third party tools, of which there are several good ones for Windows, Linux and OSX.

All told, the iPod is the best cross platform solution around. Apple just doesn't make a Linux version of its software...and there are TONS of compatible options for Linux users. They've already made your dream come true. And they've just answered essential questions you didn't even think to pose in the process.

Re:Batteries? (2, Interesting)

Gandalf Teh Ghey (733925) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797517)

i want an mp3 player that can record with an internal microphone. thats way more useful than a camera-in-a-cellphone

Karaoke Recorder (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797564)

want an mp3 player that can record with an internal microphone

4 gigs full of karaoke. Yeecchhh! :)

Not to mention an accumulation of embarassing bathroom sounds because you forgot to turn it off at some point during the day.

Re:Karaoke Recorder (1)

Gandalf Teh Ghey (733925) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797597)

nooooooo not for karaoke, so I can record memos, etc etc

Re:Batteries? (3, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797684)

This is certainly the crux of the matter. IMO the solution is to make it run off 2-3V external power, and then sell a battery pack that will snap on, plugs into the AC adapter hole (though it probably won't have one, instead running off USB) and you can slap alkalines, nicds, or nimhs in it. Sony has made a number of small portable devices powered on just this plan, and it worked really well. Then they can sell it with a removable battery pack with whatever battery technology they want in it, and you can replace it with an apple-sold or aftermarket (but unsupported) battery pack as well.

ffxi fan club (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797383)

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Re:ffxi fan club (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797490)

The moose said he would maul me if I didn't post here. Now I need to go bid on an aircraft carrier.


$99 iPod (0, Troll)

hendridm (302246) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797384)

Well, since the iPods are disposable [slashdot.org] , this will make it a little easier to swallow when you have to buy a new one in 18 months.

Or maybe they're using a similar model as printer manufacturers. Sell the device cheap, make money on the replacement batteries?

Re:$99 iPod (0, Flamebait)

jkeyes (243984) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797435)

I was just thinking that if you cannot replace the battery then why buy one? I mean would it really kill them to make the battery replacable similar to a cordless phone or PDA?

Re:$99 iPod (1)

shawnce (146129) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797540)

Take a look inside of one and decide for yourself... hint not much room for any standard battery type.

Re:$99 iPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797639)

Damn. I'm starting to change my sig file to read "iPod batteries are replacable!" in bold text. How much longer is all this uninformed FUD about iPod batteries going to go on?

We KNOW they are replacable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797688)

We know the batteries are replacable, just like car engines are replacable. Any part can be replaced, but sometimes you might as well just replace the whole thing if the cost is so high.

Please see www.ipodbattery.com [ipodbattery.com] . What a scam; these batteries start out at 10 times the cost of typical replacement batteries.

Re:$99 iPod (5, Informative)

evn (686927) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797624)

The life of the battery is NOT 18 months in all cases. The majority of iPods (many are >2 years old) are still working flawlessly. The manufacturer of the iPod battery claims that the battery should still function after three years of use (or about 500 cycles). YMMV based on the frequency and type of use but so far most 1G iPods are still working so there isn't a reason to suspect this claim is false.

On occasion you will get a 'dud' something common to all consumer electronics. While it's unfortunate that Apple didn't have a battery replacement/warranty program when those two gentlemen made their movie, that is no longer an issue now. Applecare and battery programs were announces before the ipod's dirty secret domain was even registered.

Furthermore, if you don't want to pay apple to supply and replace your battery, you can do it yourself - see ipodbattery.com

Mod down if you must:I know it gets annoying seeing the same old "ipods aren't disposable" posts every day but I'd be upset if someone didn't buy me an iPod for christmas because they saw the parrent post and asusmed it was accurate.

mini ipods (-1)

handybundler (232934) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797389)

will rival the smooth stylish normal ipods in the Butt Plug of The Year awards!

Re:mini ipods (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797448)

TGFOSDNP = Thank Goodness(God) For OSDN Personals.

What do I win?

Finally! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797390)

iCan afford one!

Re:Finally! (1)

Boo Robin (657702) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797569)

Too bad it comes after Christmas. Now I can't milk the parents and siblings for one. ;D

Otherwise, this is a great announcement. I'm certain that I will purchase one when I get enough cash. Makes more sense too, I barely have 200 songs...


Re:Finally! (1)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797623)

It's not an announcement. It's yet another made up product from the people at ThinkSecret, which doesn't belong on Slashdot at all, let alone on the front page.

God, the ThinkSecret story doesn't even have a forged picture of the device like they did the last 3 times they announced Apple was releasing a PDA.

Re:Finally! (2, Interesting)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797660)

ThinkSecret actually has the best track record out of any apple rumor site. And I dont think Thinksecret EVER released any pictures of a forged Apple PDA.

Mini IPod ... Only the size! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797395)

... and twice the rip off

First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797396)

Frist Prost said the AC.

pirst fost. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797402)

pirst fost. believe it!

Cat got my tounge!~~ (4, Funny)

Leffe (686621) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797417)

Apple realized that you'll have to hide your iPod when you want to be with your 'cool' Windows using friends.

If they would see the iPod you'd instantly be removed from their hardcore powergaming group!

Re:Cat got my tongue!~~ (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797646)

These might even be small enough to internally smuggle music into prison. This will become much more important when all of the illegal file sharing music lovers are locked away and tunes have more barter value than cigarettes.

tsarkon reports (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797680)

Someone needs to write a greased up mini-iPod guide in 9 simple stems.

Most excellent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797418)

The 100 dollar price point was the threshold I was waiting for before purchasing one of these things finally, thanks Apple!

Color iPods? (1, Funny)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797424)

I want mine in Vomit!

Re:Color iPods? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797545)

troll your own story......nice

this is good for joggers (5, Insightful)

Savatte (111615) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797427)

The smaller and lighter the mp3 player, the better for joggers and runners. cd players are too bulky and heavy, but this could easily work.

Re:this is good for joggers (1)

ankit (70020) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797497)

Not if it uses a hard drive.

Re:this is good for joggers (1)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797529)

Presumably, a mini-ipod would also have no moving parts. I.e. it's 2-4GB capacity so it must be flash.

Re:this is good for joggers (4, Informative)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797582)

No, 2gb of flash memory is VERY expenisive, that would make the MP3 player cost at least $500 The new miniPods will most likely use the new 1" toshiba platters and have 32mb RAM like the current iPods do to load MP3s to prevent skipping.

Re:this is good for joggers (4, Insightful)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797652)

I seriously doubt the 1" Toshiba drives are sub-$100. They're smaller than the 1.8" drives Apple currently uses for iPods, and are likely to be more expensive as a result.

I have to be honest, I'll believe this when I see it. I hope I'm proven wrong, but I think either the price is wrong ($200 maybe?), the capacity is wrong (256Mb perhaps?), or they're planning something evil, like tying the machine to a more expensive version of the iTMS.

Or maybe it's "$99 for the ePod, $299 for the special connecting cable" ;-)

Re:this is good for joggers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797604)

2-4 gig of flash ram for $100? bullshit.

Re:this is good for joggers (1)

CmdrWiggle (697247) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797588)

I read stories all the time about drives getting blitzed from movement. Does anybody know how the hard drives in these devices protect themselves from the impact of things like jogging?

Re:this is good for joggers (4, Insightful)

ucblockhead (63650) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797670)

That depends...as a jogger, the real question is whether this device is solid state or harddrive based. I've never been willing to trust a hard drive to last while running.

It has little to do with bulk. I've run with things as large as an iPod. I'm just afraid that a few months of the bouncing would cause a hard drive failure. It's why I haven't gotten one.

Re:this is good for joggers (1)

Cyph (240321) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797681)

I think the most important part to consider if you're going to be buying this for the purpose of jogging would be whether these iPods use a solid-state drive, instead of a hard drive for storage. Obviously jogging with a regular hard drive isn't a very good idea.

smaller == cheaper?? (5, Funny)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797433)

what? Don't these people know how electronics work?! Gah.. well I for one refuse to buy one until they make it cost three times as much as a normal-sized one.

Pocket-size? (2, Insightful)

kutuz_off (159540) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797434)

What do they call iPod's size now?

The Sony Way? (5, Insightful)

Destoo (530123) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797440)

So that's how it's going to work. Kill the current market by spreading specs and rumors.

100$ for a 2gb lightweight device by apple? amazing indeed.

Just like the Playstation 2's specs killed the Dreamcast.

Sorry, I'm just bitter.
I probably just need more brandy in my coffee.
Merry Xmas

Re:The Sony Way? (5, Insightful)

DeltaSigma (583342) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797560)

PS2's specs killed the dreamcast because consoles are released on a much larger time table. New MP3 players come out all the time. They're far closer to commodity hardware than gaming consoles are, thus, someone's not going to wait more than a few months for this ipod to materialize before they go out and buy from a different manufacturer.

Ooooh... ipods for the Philistines!!! (0, Troll)

cnelzie (451984) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797442)

...and unwashed masses that aren't 'rear-conscious' enough to spend the exhorbinant fees attached to the full-size ipods...

How about a PDA? (2, Redundant)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797450)


You know that Apple-fanatics will think it will be the greatest thing even if its 10 lbs and has pointy barbs sticking out of it, but I just want to see what would direction they would go.

Re:How about a PDA? (1)

Darthnice (591865) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797467)

Seen a Newton lately?

Re:How about a PDA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797543)

Seen a Newton lately?

No, where can I buy one new?

Re:How about a PDA? (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797544)

That is huge, have very little memory and is missing alot from what is expected in PDAs.

I want to see what they can do today.

Re:How about a PDA? (2, Funny)

kurosawdust (654754) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797532)

You know that Apple-fanatics will think it will be the greatest thing even if its 10 lbs and has pointy barbs sticking out of it...

The iPoke?

Re:How about a PDA? (4, Funny)

Laplace (143876) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797552)

even if its 10 lbs and has pointy barbs sticking out of it,

Apple is going to release a 10# PDA that has pointy barbs sticking out if it? Sweet!

Um ... you're forgetting Newton. (1)

gellenburg (61212) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797658)

'Nuff said.

if only there was a release date... (1)

ed.han (444783) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797451)

i want one of these in the worst way as i said relatively recently here: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=88765&cid=7679 795

that's an awful lot of room. the article doesn't mention battery life, which one would hope would support the storage capacity.


Pocket-Sized?? (5, Funny)

Th0th (15289) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797456)

Thank god, it's about time! The current Ipods are so bulky and unwieldly, I can't believe apple even introduced them!

but (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797466)

will the headphones still be white? otherwise, how could i identify with other pods?

This can't be true! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797468)

That would mean the current pocket-sized iPods are not actually pocket-sized and apple is perfect and never wrong so there will never be an iPod smaller than the current small perfection of the current iPod.

Xmas? (2, Interesting)

clmensch (92222) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797471)

Wouldn't it have been smarter to release these BEFORE the holidays? Are they so down to the wire that a Jan. 6 announcement is the last possible day they can release them?

Re:Xmas? (3, Interesting)

McAddress (673660) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797572)

the entire idea is to release them after the holidays, this way no one will get a low cost iPod instead of a $300 dollar one. wether this will work or not remains to be seen.

Re:Xmas? (1)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797593)

Jan 6 is MacWorld. Apple has a habit of announcing new and upcoming products at, you guessed it, MacWorld.

Pocket SIzed? Huh? (3, Insightful)

ilsa (197564) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797472)

The current models fit my jacket pocket just fine, thank you kindly. And it holds lots more music.

My only thought is that by getting into the ~$100 range, that makes it something parents will buy for spoiled teens more readily. That would make it pocketbook sized. Assuming there is any truth to the rumor, of course.

Why buy an ipod (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797473)

When you can get a cheap PII 100, install bsd on it, spend a week setting up a web interface and uploading all your songs, buying a cheap sound card, getting a car battery, put it all in a backpack and viola: Open Source MP3 player!

Re:Why buy an ipod (1)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797558)

Haha! My sides are sore, thank you. :)

Re:Why buy an ipod (1)

MoronGames (632186) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797594)

"a cheap PII 100"

Psst... There is no PII 100.

Re:Why buy an ipod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797686)

There is if you underclock it. Which, in the same way as overclocking a CPU causes excess heat, actually sucks heat out of the surrounding environment. 100MHz PIIs are excellent in places like Florida.

Pocket size! (4, Funny)

Otter (3800) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797478)

Well, damnit, I expect it to be half the size of the current iPod *AND* powered by a standard 9V battery! Otherwise, I'll throw it out when the battery dies and sue Apple!

Re:Pocket size! (1)

AssClown2520 (695423) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797616)

Okay, your comment is kind of funny, but your sig is great! I was thinking the same thing the other day when I saw the ad for the slashdot personnels.

Brand Dilution (5, Interesting)

kiwioddBall (646813) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797482)

Can this be true?

Steve Jobs is well known for keeping a clean image on his products - it seems strange to me that he would allow rainbow iPods. Rumour has it he objected to the coloured backgrounds in the iPod adverts.

It seems strange that he would dilute the iPod brand at such a critical point in its existence.


Small iPods - no hard drives, only RAM based??

Re:Brand Dilution (2)

Bryant (25344) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797527)

You may recall a number of colorful Apple products sold several years ago: do the iBook and the iMac ring a bell? Jobs is well known for worrying about brand consistency; that doesn't mean he's not willing to rebrand products as necessary.

Re:Brand Dilution (2, Informative)

acidrain69 (632468) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797602)

2-4 gigs? I think not. A gig of flash memory costs more, and this comes with an MP3 player. It's probably still hard drive based. Fewer platters, maybe smaller diameter.

Kudos to apple if they can actually pull this off. Maybe I will consider buying one of their products now. I don't need to carry around 20 gigs of music anyway, that's excessive. Maybe if I was backpacking across Europe. In normal use, I would never be more than a few days away from my home machine, so I could replenish the music supply when needed.

And it better have user-accessible batteries. It's funny how people think of Mac as some superior technology, and here is Apple, gouging customers with $99 replacement batteries. Whatever.

Steve Jobs, clean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797622)

"...Steve Jobs is well known for keeping a clean image on his products ..."

I bet you won't say that about the iPod he keeps in his back pocket, the next time he craps his pants over the concept of redesigning a motor scooter [sebimeyer.com]

open-up this source! (1)

kjba (679108) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797488)

Numerous sources have confirmed the keynote will be...
Sources said Jobs will unveil...
Sources anticipate that the suite's core applications...
Sources wouldn't rule out other software announcements...
In addition, sources point to developments...
While sources confirmed the announcements
Sources have confirmed there will be no new CPU announcements...
What is the open-source-minded geek supposed to think of this?

back to their roots (4, Informative)

musikit (716987) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797491)

thank you slashdot for going back to your original roots. RUMORS. now we can use slashdot as a archival of vaporware that never made it to market.

You what? (0)

TwistedSquare (650445) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797496)

Maybe I'm having a dumb day but does this part make any sense to anyone: "It is not known if the new product line will be available immediately after introduction" ?

Re:You what? (2, Informative)

Bryant (25344) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797559)

"Introduction" is probably the wrong word; "announcement" would be a better way to put it. Apple, not unusually, often announces products prior to the actual ship date. Sometimes we Apple fanatics (read: frothing fanbois, but we mean well) use "introduction" as synonymous with "announcement."

perfect gift (4, Insightful)

soundofthemoon (623369) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797500)

This would be really great. I'd love to be able to give something like this to my teenage nieces. Sure they could use a full-size iPod, but $400 is a lot for a teen to carry around and probably lose or break. $100 would be cheap enough that pain of loss wouldn't be too awful.

Then I could just give them iTMS gift certificates for all future gifts. I'd be the best uncle ever!

Re:perfect gift (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797629)

you could introduce them to me... I'll let them practice their blow-job technique on me, so they won't be embarrased on their wedding night.

They're over 16, right?

Dear Green/Purple ColorMeleon iPod, (-1)

Letter (634816) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797513)

Dear Green/Purple ColorMeleon iPod,

You sure is ugly! [colorwarepc.com]


Pocket-sized iPod* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797519)

*bib overalls no longer requirement for pocket-sized claim.

Hello all! (-1, Offtopic)

Melissa Bra (725769) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797522)

Hello my name is scott summers and this is my first time on slashdot i am very new to whole this concept of digitally talking to people on binary planes and i am also looking forward to make as many digital textual virtual friends as i can ..wish me luck because my journey to the top of the nerds list is about to begin.

Re:Hello all! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797609)

sorry, you must have meant to visit this site [kuro5hin.org] .

well... (1)

grmb1 (732949) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797525)

...100$ for 2GB player sounds like a good deal for me.

If it took standard batteries... (0, Redundant)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797530)

If it took regular AA or AAA batteries, I might get one.

Ogg Vorbis (1, Interesting)

gspr (602968) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797533)

Time for Ogg Vorbis support too, don't you think?

Planning to work there much longer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797537)

I cannot beleive that you still have a job!

Perfect! (1)

Tyrdium (670229) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797539)

I was just saying last night in IRC how I wanted a smaller, cheaper iPod... This is great! I don't want to spend a couple hundred bucks on an MP3 player, and I don't need that much storage (2 or 4 gigs should be plenty), but flash players are either too small (128-256 megs), or too expensive (>$150 or so). I'll probably end up buying one of these after I see a review on them... Now, any word on Ogg Vorbis support? FLAC would be nice, too...

a $99 iPod AFTER CHRISTMAS? (1)

ILL Clinton (734169) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797546)

Why would they release a product that would make for such an obvious gift AFTER Christmas?

It doesn't make any business sense. If this rumor is to be believed I think we would have heard it 2 months ago.

User Interface (2, Interesting)

CmdrWiggle (697247) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797547)

I am iterested to see what kind of user interface Apple comes up with for such a small device. As a G3 iPod owner, I think the control pad is about perfect. Any smaller, and it wouldn't be as usable. Not to mention the hassle of scrolling through 5 gigs of songs on a smaller display.

But, I am usually impressed with Apple's industrial design, so I'll probably be impressed again (except for the color choices - I mean *stripes*? Ugh).

Storage device? (5, Interesting)

John_Booty (149925) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797548)

What kind of storage device would these use?

My first thought was the CompactFlash-sized "microdrive" hard drives developed by IBM (not sure if they belong to Hitachi now). A 1GB microdrive sells for about $200, though. Even with the volume discount Apple would surely get, it's hard to image they could hit that $99 price point at any capacity. And I guess flash memory is ruled out for price reasons too....

Re:Storage device? (2, Insightful)

eddy (18759) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797610)

Maybe a 'Cornice Storage Element', like the iGP-100 [iriveramerica.com] ?

Re:Storage device? (1)

John_Booty (149925) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797613)

Correction: looks like you can get a 2GB microdrive and not a 1GB one for about $200, actually. But, still... doesn't seem feasible price-wise...

Roll on iTunes music store (5, Interesting)

adamwright (536224) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797578)

All I want is the iTunes music store in the UK. My new 40G iPod is reading, meerly 2gig full. My credit card is ready, my bank account is ready. I've got enough of a buy list to spend 100 in 30 seconds.

So where the hell's the store!?

Re:Roll on iTunes music store (1)

5lash (589953) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797662)

Why did you buy a 40gig iPod when you only have 2 gigs worth of music? You can still buy CDs from shops ya know.

That's me...low end (1)

VoyagerRadio (669156) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797599)

That's sounds just about right for me--a lower-priced, AAC-compatible player. However, wait--I wanted to be able to play mp3PRO files, too. Where's that player?

Mini iPod (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797606)

Now your cock won't look so small.

Re:Mini iPod (0, Troll)

yoriknme (533275) | more than 11 years ago | (#7797661)

Why would you care what my cock looks like? Just out of curiosity. Nothing personal intended.

more rumours about the won-eyed girl/robbIE's (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#7797654)

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here's hoping robbIE's dating service works better than his/lairIE's whoreabully infactdead PostBlock(tm) devise.

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