320GB iPod Classic in September?

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  1. atoothelex macrumors member

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    Alright, here we go. I was perusing amazon when I stumbled upon this nugget: http://www.amazon.com/Sportsuit-Basic-Apple-Classic-160GB/dp/B0018C4E2O This is an iPod case that fits the 80GB/160GB/320GB(!) iPod classic. Could this be a case manufacturer error or maybe they got word on what Apple will put on this September. We all know that Apple is one step away from killing the classic, but maybe this is the last step. 320GB HDDs are made in 1.8" http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/05/toshibas-320gb-hard-disk-is-worlds-largest-1-8-incher/ What do you think? Longshot, or hope for the future?
     
  2. Peterson8765 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the thread, interesting. I don't think Apple will push 320GB of capacity just yet, plus a 320GB 1.8" hard drive is probably around $200 which is almost the cost of a brand new iPod classic. I see them sticking to the same 160GB hard drive or perhaps upgrading to 200GB.
     
  3. ohaithar macrumors 6502a

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    A 320GB classic? Damn. I could hardly fill up my 160Gb....
     
  4. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68020

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    I think Apple may not upgrade the capacity of the iPod classic, but may increase the screen size and reduce the size of the click wheel at the same time. This will allow the use of a higher-resolution display so it can play back downloaded movies from the iTunes store more clearly.
     
  5. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

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    It would be nice to see at least a bump to the 240GB HDD, either way.
     
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    1.8 inch HDD technology is now at 160 GB per platter, so there will be 160 GB (possibly slimmer) or 320 GB (possibly thicker), but no 240 GB.
     
  7. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    The classic is my favorite iPod. Only had the 1st gen 10gig and now a 160gig. I personally don't think it needs to have any more capacity. I think the next step is to go solid state. The drives can be a bit laggy, I just don't want to lose the form factor or the clickwheel. Touch is a fun gadget, but I don't like it as an iPod.

    They should keep the 160 and offer a more expensive 64 and 128 SSD version. Then higher SSD capacity when prices fall a bit
     
  8. seb-opp macrumors 6502

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    If the 320GB means the classic would be thicker, I don't think that drive will be used, as 160GB is enough for most and Apple have an obsession with thinness. I think they wouldn't sacrifice thickness for an extra 160GB which only a tiny minority would actually need.

    I think it will be dropped once a 128GB touch comes out, as for most that will offer enough storage. So if not this september, maybe next year?
     
  9. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just waiting for the event to pull the trigger on the Classic. I don't need any more space, but I'm hoping they put SSD storage options in it. A 64GB Classic would be great for me.
     
  10. atoothelex thread starter macrumors member

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    Everyone is talking about SSDs, but they're still too expensive to put in an iPod. Apple won't do it. It's too soon for that. Maybe, after they become cheaper, Apple will.
     
  11. ChrisGonzales90 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah. For YOU. What about the rest of the world?


    Well SSD is the feature my friend. I personally think they will keep the classic but add a SSD to it, even if they have to lower it back down to 64GB. There are people out there that just want a large music player and none of the wifi, cameras, video recording etc.
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Huh? The iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad all have solid-state storage...
     
  13. MattA macrumors 6502

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    They all have flash memory, not Solid-State Drives. SSD's are a whole lot faster than flash memory and also cost a lot more.
     
  14. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like 2x64GB NAND chips in the Classic with a slimmer form factor. I don't really need 320gb but it seems some people do so if they can, they should put it out and maybe offer the smaller capacities as a lower cost option because I don't think very many people need 320gb.
     
  15. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    too expensive for the flash chips
     
  16. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    I stated that as an ALTERNATIVE for the HDD model, the probable 320GB. As long as they offer a model with SSD or flash storage, it's good. Don't get me wrong, I would even buy a Nano if it was available in larger capacities.
     
  17. Derkatwork macrumors 6502

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    So does this mean that they aren't dropping the classic? I think its only a matter of time before they do. They are becoming outclassed by the touch. And when the touch can hit the record storage space that the classic does, then its game over.
     
  18. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    Or, perhaps, 3x64GB. This would give 192 Gb, and could be touted as the highest capacity ever offered in an iPod. Another way to do this would be 6x32GB, and it might be cheaper this way, depending on chip prices (however, the circuit board would probably be twice as complex). If the chips are mounted directly on the board, the resulting product could theoretically be thinner than one that uses an SSD.
     
  19. jeffy.dee-lux macrumors 6502a

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    i've only ever had one iPod, a 30GB 5th gen, and it's still doing everything I want, though I'm a bit cramped for storage. A 64GB Classic is exactly what I'd want, I feel like they should be able to land that at the 200$ price point. The Touch is great, but I don't need any of that, and I prefer the clickwheel that you can use to skip/pause/change volume without looking at it, I like the tactile feedback. I just want a simple music player that holds all my music, and I'd dig the FM tuner too if they can bring that over from the Nano.
     
  20. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    I doubt we'll see another Classic. While there are some people who do enjoy carrying around 200+GB of music, I think the high-capacity iPod will be a 128GB Touch. The people who want the high capacity are a small (but vocal) niche. Additionally, I think the technology has progressed to the point where Apple can't keep it around and maintain their specified price point of $250 without adding some whizbang new features. And what can you add to the classic that isn't available in the other models?

    In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple dropped the "Touch" part of the iPod name.

    And I'm also going to venture out and say we will see a 64GB iPhone added to the mix for $399. Generally, Apple keeps the price points of the Touch at $100 less than the equivalent capacity iPhone. The exception being that stretch between July and September.
     
  21. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

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    How about the Classic being the only available player with increased storage space? Where has the Zune 120 GB gone? It seems not even Microsoft knows. I searched the site and they say they don't have anyone selling it at the moment. Apple holds the market for this type of player. Some people don't need the Apps or they can add the iPhone and have the best of both worlds?
     
  22. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    Yes that would be brilliant although like mentioned earlier, it would probably be too expensive. I would really like to see it though.
     
  23. nightpwnsj00 macrumors newbie

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    A 320 GB Classic would be fantastic. 240 GB, too. Hell, anything besides killing the Classic off would be fantastic. =) I was feeling a bit cramped on my old Classic, so I would prefer a capacity bump (I'd rather have way more storage than I need). 240 might be more realistic than 320 though; I know Toshiba has had a 240 GB HD for a while now, but I think that particular one was dual-platter, so it's doubtful that Apple would implement it because of the necessary size increase.

    I have to say though, it's nice to see a thread here that isn't predicting the demise of the Classic.
     
  24. jeffy.dee-lux macrumors 6502a

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    Just curious, what do you have on your Classic to fill up 160GB? Video? High bit-rate? Or just a ton of music?
     
  25. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    Have a look at the "post your itunes library size" thread in the pictures section, some people have massive music collections. I personally have 80gb of mostly 320kbps stuff, this excludes all the lossless stuff that I downconvert. Not enough to take full advantage of 160gb and higher but enough to make anything that's not a classic less than ideal.

    I also think that a high capacity ipod has a lot of potential as a mobile storage device for videos and just moving files around in general because if you have an ipod, you tend to take it everywhere.
     

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