Finally IPOD for windows?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by taeclee99, Jun 22, 2002.

  1. taeclee99 macrumors 6502a

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    Not exactly. Check out this new IPOD clone by toshiba.

    http://www.cdfreaks.com/news2.php3?ID=4278

    The hard disk drives are 1.8-inch models developed by Toshiba. They are encased in PC Cards and so can also be used with most notebook PCs or other devices with PC Card slots. Of course, using Apple's iPod, simply connecting the player to your Mac via the FireWire cable mounts the drive on your desktop.

    With all this data storage space, transferring files to the player could take some time and here Toshiba has implemented the new USB2.0 interface, which can transfer data at 480M bps -- a much higher speed than the 12M bps supported by USB1.1, which is found on most digital music players today. Using the bundled application software, Toshiba says an entire CD worth of audio can be transferred to the device in 30 seconds.

    "With its rectangular shape, liquid crystal display and circular control panel, the Gigabeat bears a passing resemblance to Apple Inc.'s iPod, which has a fixed 1.8-inch hard disk drive (produced by Toshiba) buried inside. Apple's current model of the iPod contains a 10GB disk, allowing for approximately 2,000 songs.

    Partly because of the hard disk slot and ejection mechanism, the Toshiba player is slightly larger but not by much. It measures 7.2 centimeters (cm) by 2.2 cm by 11.2 cm, which puts it around 1 cm wider and taller than the iPod. At 180 grams with no disk and 235 grams with the drive inserted, it also weighs more than the Apple player, which is 185 grams including its internal hard disk.


    Maccentral adds that The Gigabeat MEG50JS will go on sale in Japan on June 22 and is expected to cost around ¥50,000 (US$402) bundled with a 5GB hard disk. At the same time, Toshiba will put removable hard drives in 2GB and 5GB sizes on sale for ¥20,000 (US$160) and ¥40,000 (US$321) respectively."


    What do you guys think?
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    This was up in a thread a few days ago, I think everyone's allready seen it and commented on it, I'll see if I can find th thread now :D
     
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