Macrumors points out that a company called Cornice “has been producing 1inch 1.5GB Hard Drives since mid year that go for $65/each in lots of 10,000. Cornice was reportedly trying to get these prices down to $50.”
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This is truly getting interesting. As readers have pointed out, 2 GB in flash cards would make the new iPods cost prohibitive as they would be even more expensive than the current ones. Using this technology though, Apple could pull it off and still reap in quite a substantial profit per unit while creating a new form factor and price that would make the iPod even more attractive to potential buyers.
What struck me about this was how this might work with pre-loaded iPods. After all, part of Eric’s idea was to tie some skinning or physical component of the iPod with the music: a Black Sabbath/Ozzy one would be black, while a Deadful one might have some of their iconography on it. Since these rumored gadgets are supposed to have theming as part of their value proposition, it’ll be interesting to see if someone (perhaps some bright spark in the RIAA cartel?) picks up this ball and runs with it . . .
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