The reason for the price cut would be to lock up Apple as a customer to supply Flash memory for a Flash-based iPod mini which currently falls at the 4GB price point. Tom's Hardware provides more thoughts from iSuppli's analyst.Samsung has offered Apple extremely low prices on its [Flash] parts in order to convince Apple to switch from HDD storage to [Flash] memory for the 4-GByte-density iPod.
The report said iSuppli believes that Samsung has offered to match prices from the HDD suppliers, even though current microdrive prices are about half the cost of the equivalent flash density.
Why use a hard drive in a mini when you can use flash instead. 2 to 3 times the battery life anyone?KittenKrusher said:Wouldn't this most likely be a 4GB Shuffle than a 4GB Mini Flash. Just keep all Mini's 6GB and throw in a 4GB Shuffle.
A four-gigabyte player with no screen?Macmaniac said:Getting 4gb minis has been very hard, I have talked to a few people and a lot of stores are running out of them and the distributors are not getting any more from Apple. Could be a good sign of minis at Apple Expo Paris
If you remember, last year Apple restricted the Student Union (or whatever it was called) Mac + iPod deal to the 4g full size iPods. This year they've included the Minis - could it be to move out the last stock before a flash-based refresh? I'm now glad that I chose to hold out on a Powerbook purchase until after Paris and forego the free iPod Mini. Here's hoping for a nice Powerbook and a flash Mini!Macmaniac said:Getting 4gb minis has been very hard, I have talked to a few people and a lot of stores are running out of them and the distributors are not getting any more from Apple. Could be a good sign of minis at Apple Expo Paris
Agreed - even if they make the 4 GB mini a flash-based player, they shouldn't turn it into a shuffle. As you say, for that amount of music, you need a screen to properly navigate and organize your music. Give the 4 GB iPod flash, but keep it as the mini, don't make it a shuffle.Stella said:Too much memory without a screen.
A 4gig, or 2gig Shuffle is useless for anything but random, if the interface to Shuffle remains unchanged - too longwinded to find the track you want.
naw that's not the only barrier keeping flash out of laptops/desktops. flash memory, both NOR and NAND have only a certain number of write/erase cycles before wear takes it's toll on the insulating oxide layer found in flash memccool2ax said:This is a great idea. If apple keeps the player the same size (Which is likely since 4GB CF cards exist), then it would get something like 25-30 hours (20-25 hours color) of battery. not to mention instant-access to files with no lag... The only barrier to flash memory overtaking HD entirely in portables is excessive price, but if they match the MD price, then everyone wins.