2.5 GB & 5 GB iPod Minis?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Seagate recently introduced a 1-inch 2.5 GB & 5 GB compact-flash interface hard drive for use in digital cameras and other small-size, large storage space devices. With a form factor the same as Hitachi's 4 GB model currently found in the iPod Mini, these new smaller and larger capacity hard drives may find thier way into the iPod Mini.

    In an Reuters interview with Brian Dexheimer, head of worldwide sales and marketing for Seagate about the new drives whether Seagate is likely to be an additional provider of the mini hard drives to Apple, Dexheimer said: "We'd like to be. We're certainly talking to them about this product."

    Hitachi is expected to increase production on the currently available 4 GB model to 2 million units per quarter by the end of the year in an attempt to catch up to consumer demand. Current wait times for an iPod Mini from the Apple Store are approximately 4 weeks or more. International release of the iPod Mini has also been delayed until production has increased to meet demand.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2004
    Very cool

    more of the market goes to apple!

    maybe i SHOULD buy stock.

    question: will they get cheaper ?
    (overall- not just the obvious of the 2.5 being cheaper than the 4)

    also- isn't it dumb to have a 4 and a 5?
  3. macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Ya right. Apple can't keep up with demand as it stands. Apple is going to milk this as long as they can. *shrugs* The mini is already pretty cheap. It would be nice if Apple COULD drop the price by $50 but I'm doubting that its going to happen.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2003
    Mineola TX
    I think it should be:

    2.5GB = $150
    5GB = $250
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2003
    it would be cool if apple could upgrade the minis to 5Gb and maybe even lower the price for say $20..

    with the current price tag it would be a good discount (especially when there would be a 1/4 bigger hard drive).
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Wonder Boy

    Feb 18, 2003
    South Windsor, CT
    it would make sense to eliminate the 4 in favor of the 5 just like they eliminated the 30 in favor of the 40. the proportians arn't exactly the same, but you get the idea.

    to me, a 2.5 seems pointless as a music player. if it went into a apple digital camera, now that would be something.
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2003
    rural Missouri
    Why on earth would apple reduce the price of something they can't keep in stock because it's selling so well?

    If they had a bunch sitting on the shelf, they would consider it. Since they can't begin to keep up with demand, the question becomes (for them) is the price point too low?
  8. macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Not Gonna Happen

    Why would Apple switch suppliers, just to go up 1GB? Good luck Seagate, but it ain't gonna happen. Wait until their current supplier leapfrogs them by 3GB, and all iPod Minis will be 8GB next year.

    Lee Tom
  9. macrumors 68040


    Dec 25, 2003
    Dornbirn (Austria)
    not gonna happen soon
    the ipod mini haven't been released in europe and there are already rumors about replacing it with new ones ?...highly doubt that in the near future
  10. macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I think it should be: 2.5 GB: $99
    5 GB $199
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    But if Seagate could give Apple a lower price it could mean cheaper Minis or more money for Apple. I am sure Seagate has thoght of what You said and has a lower price than Hitachi
  12. macrumors regular

    May 6, 2002
    Because Hitachi can't make enough. If Hitachi is the bottleneck then it makes a lot of sense to find someone else who can supply more in volume. If Seagate was also making a 4GB, then they could use both, but it looks like they may have to decide who can make more...

    On another note, my dad wanted to get an iPod mini for my mom on short notice. We ended up finding some in a department store (Strawbridge's), guessing it was a place people normally don't look. Then we were in Best Buy a few days laster and saw that they had some too. So hopefully availability isn't so bad....
  13. macrumors regular

    May 21, 2003
    Not likely. Why?

    A) It is only 3200rpm vs 4800 rpm
    B) They just spilled the beans and Stevie don't like that
  14. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Berkley, MI
    I presume the next iPod update will look something like:

    2.5 GB Mini: $149 ("600 songs in your pocket!")
    5.0 GB Mini: $250 ("1,200 songs in your pocket!")

    20 GB: $299 (w/Mini-style buttons-on-wheel design)
    40 GB: $399
    60 GB: $499
  15. macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002
    Compact-flash baby! :) I hope Apple doesn't hesitate and works these little devices into the next rev models.
  16. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Ahh, finally the cheaper iPods the people want.

    Oh yes:

    Add AM/FM Radio Already! COMEON!!
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2003
    Boston, MA

    Apple is not the only company buying their product, so it is not like they can keep it secret. Also, I don't think 3200rpm will have a big impact when all you are doing is listening to music.
  18. macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ya...I agree here. This would not be hard to do...
  19. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I'm assuming Apple and Hitachi have forged some sort of contract, as Hitachi has stated that one of the reasons for the new plant is to supply the mini. It would be weird for Apple to release a 4 and 5 gig mini, so I'm guessing that for now, Seagate is out of the game.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2004
    cheap video recorder

    Though I'm sure that they'll make their way into the minis. I think they may do a video recorder. The isight, with better opticals and a 5gig hd would be small, lightweight, and cheap.
  21. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    oooo the 2.5 might just tempt me enough for my sisters bday
  22. macrumors regular

    May 6, 2002
    Does rpm make a difference if you're filling a cache anyway?

    "We'd like to be. We're certainly talking to them about this product." isn't spilling the beans.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2004
    I wonder if there will be a new rumor for new iPods everytime someone comes out with a new small sized hard drive.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2003
    you said it! :)) the camera could still be about the size of an ipod (maybe even ipod mini??) you know..

    also it wouldn't be that surprising if they some day released one. they already have a great app for digital photos. don't know how competitive those cameras would be though. also 2.5Gb is pretty much for a customer product where 256mb or 512mb is enough. for a system camera 2,5gb would kick ass!
  25. macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2003
    thats excellent, if they continue to rise, i might consider getting a mini.

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