iPod set to get new brains?

[intro]The announcement of a new hard drive normally wouldn’t bother me; it normally wouldn't bother anyone except computer geeks who speak in terafl

The announcement of a new hard drive normally wouldn’t bother me; it normally wouldn't bother anyone except computer geeks who speak in teraflops. I’d file it in my deleted folder along with the other 50 achingly dull press releases I get every day and get on with something a little more stimulating.

This one, however, got me thinking. Toshiba’s new 1.8in 100GB HDD and the upcoming Macworld 2007 in January started those rusty, under-used cogs in my mind tank moving, and as Elastica would say, a connection was made. Could we see these two forming a lovely little partnership come next year? Let's look at the evidence.

Toshiba currently holds an 80% market share, and the brains it makes already inhabit the video iPod, so surely an update to the 100GB model would be the next logical step. Rumours of a new wide/touchscreen iPod have also been circling for months on end with the January Expo in San Francisco an ideal launch pad. That increased emphasis on video would surely necessitate a larger memory, no?

Of course it’s all idle speculation right now, but with Apple’s policy of not pre-announcing products, what else do we have to go on?

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