Some interesting discussion in the comments of my post on the iPod nano, regarding whether or not we’ll ever see an iPod with a hard drive larger than 60 GB. raster says:
Sir, you are missing it – you mention an iPod with even more capacity, then mention “legitmate music” and “pirates” but did you forget about photos and data?
I’d love a 100GB iPod that could hold a ton of music, podcasts, photos (maybe video?) and data. It’s not just an MP3 player, it’s a portable hard drive right?
To which I responded:
I’d love an 80 or 100GB iPod, for use as a hard drive, too, but I think Apple values its relationship with the mucky mucks in Hollywood too much. Besides music, what legitimate content would you put on such a large hard drive? Ripped DVDs that you own? Technically illegal, and prove you own every one of them. CD images? For what, pirated software? TV episodes? Got them off that evil BitTorrent network, didn’tcha.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m being the Devil’s Advocate here. I’d love a giant iPod. So would lots of people. And companies like Archos, and maybe even Creative, are willing to give them to us. But I don’t think it will ever come from Apple. Not for a long time, at least, until the music industry has a way to make you pay for filling it up.
I know there are perfectly legitimate uses for a large (80+ GB) iPod. I also believe that the vast majority of people who could take advantage of such a large capacity would be filling it with stuff that the entertainment industry does NOT want them having. DVD rips, even if you own the DVD, are technically illegal. Very few people legitimately own enough music to take up so much space. And I think that Apple cares too much about what the entertainment industry thinks to make a move like that. Not until Hollywood gets a cut of all that content that you’d put on your iPod Mega (or whatever they call it).
So, what do you think?
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