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iPod video w/ 64 gigs of FLASH memory!!!

Posted: October 17th, 2007, 2:45 am
by ericzollman
Check this out!

Samsung has recently developed a flash hard drive, (with capacities up to 64 gig) that they call an SSD... This is basically a bunch of flash memory stuck to a small circuit board, that acts just like a traditional hard drive, and uses all the same connectors as a traditional hard drive. Which (of course) makes it easy for consumers to switch out their laptop hard drive for a new SSD...

But since they also make a 1.8" model we could (theoretically) also use one of these SSD drives in an iPod video. Which would eliminate the problem of having moving parts inside your iPod that will eventually wear out. Plus the SSD uses much less energy which would increase battery life, and has much faster data access as well.

The iPod Nano has always had the advantage of being more rugged because of it's flash memory (one company actually dropped a nano off a building, ran it over with a car, and it still worked). The choice was either a higher capacity, or a higher durability. Well now we can have both!

Here is a link to the Samsung website with details about the SSD.

http://www.samsungssd.com/

Everybody feel free to comment and let me know what you think about this idea, or if you find any reason why it won't work... As fas I understand it should be able to be done just as easily as changing out any iPod hard drive.

Posted: October 17th, 2007, 11:12 am
by Justin
In theory that would definitely work. One major obstacle is the MSRP, which is listed at $999.99. A little too expensive to make it worth it at this point, but we'll see if it becomes more affordable with time...

Posted: October 17th, 2007, 11:53 am
by ericzollman
Justin wrote:In theory that would definitely work. One major obstacle is the MSRP, which is listed at $999.99. A little too expensive to make it worth it at this point, but we'll see if it becomes more affordable with time...
Holy Green-backs Batman!!! I didn't see a price tag on the Samsung site, but damn thats a lot of money!

Ok well I'm not ready to invest over a thousand dollars in my iPod just yet ;-) But you have to admit, (if the prices ever come down. And they will eventually.) It would be pretty awesome to convert your iPod over to Flash memory...

Thats really my biggest worry about my iPod. That my HDD will eventually fail. Of course I never did understand why the iPod (or any mp3 player) uses a HDD instead of flash memory to start with. Flash memory is small and fairly cheap. You could easily pack 30 to 60 gigs of storage in the space that is now occupied by the iPods HDD. So why not? I wonder why they didn't do that in the first place?

Posted: October 17th, 2007, 12:45 pm
by Justin
I think some of it has to do with cost. Up to about 16gb, flash memory is simple and fairly inexpensive, but anything over that is very expensive. Partially because a large size of flash memory is relatively new and that would demand the price to be high. Before these new drives, flash memory was only in small GB. The other part is probably because the HDD's are more fragile, and damaging one would make the likelihood of the consumer buying a new iPod higher than if they used flash memory. Apple likes that. I don't know though, I'm just speculating...

Posted: February 2nd, 2008, 5:25 am
by BAMF
One other obstacle would be the physical connector on the SSD drive. All iPods up to 4gen use what looks like a subset of the standard IDE connector (pins). Starting in the 5gen, the hard drives now use a ZIF (zero insertion force) type connector. Basically, it has a ribbon cable that seats in a slot and has a tab that locks it down. The Zune also uses this connector. I guess it just depends on whether Samsung intends to market the 1.8" SSD to laptops or to CE devices...

Posted: February 2nd, 2008, 12:59 pm
by ericzollman
BAMF wrote:One other obstacle would be the physical connector on the SSD drive. All iPods up to 4gen use what looks like a subset of the standard IDE connector (pins). Starting in the 5gen, the hard drives now use a ZIF (zero insertion force) type connector. Basically, it has a ribbon cable that seats in a slot and has a tab that locks it down. The Zune also uses this connector. I guess it just depends on whether Samsung intends to market the 1.8" SSD to laptops or to CE devices...
Well actually they do have two models of the SSD's that use ZIF connectors. One uses a 40 pin ZIF and comes in 32/64 gigs. And the other uses a 35 pin ZIF and comes in 8/16/32 gigs.,

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