There's a certain expectation that Toshiba will announce new 1.8 inch hard drives every time the iPod Classic line is refreshed, and Monday's "Let's Rock" (we didn''t) was no exception: Toshiba revealed two new 1.8-inch hard drives, a 120GB and 240GB meant for mobile PC devices, portable media players (natch) and even camcorders.
Stats: lower energy draw than their predecessors, 8MB of cache, 4,200RPM.
What's so frustrating about the announcement is that it looks like that 240GB drive could have been easily housed in the iPod Classic's old 160GB chassis, but Apple passed instead in their dogmatic obsession with attaining a Flatland-like thinness across their product line. Instead, the higher-end Classic was effectively downgraded.
Even if you can't wrap your mind around why anyone would need 240GB of iPod space, surely the bizarreness of Apple's choice to downgrade a product's capacity after a year is at least worth ejaculating one ephemeral exclamation point above the old cranium. Still, Toshiba's new drives at least give some hope to the die-hards out there that Christmas time might see a 240GB Classic bump.
Two New Toshiba 1.8 Inch Hard Drives Announced [Slashgear]