$249 iPod Mini guts = $479 hard drive for your camera

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  1. Michael St. Clair

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    http://www.studio2f.com/archives/000438.php

    Yep, the hard drive is a regular old CF microdrive...you can yank it out, format it to FAT on your PC using a card reader/writer, then stick it in your Nikon for zillions of pictures (4GB drive).

    You can also stick a regular CF flash card in your iPod mini...less songs, but probably adds battery life.

    Remember the myth of the $100 profitable iPod? It's pretty obvious that Apple loses money on the hardware (not that there's anything wrong with that).

    EDIT: Disclaimer: Some people say it doesn't work, that the drives are locked in IDE mode. Others say it does if you format the drive correctly. Perhaps both are true; some drives locked, some not.
     
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    Theres also one from Rio that has the Hitatchi 4GB CF card in it as well, can can be ripped apart for the MicroDrive [​IMG]
     
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    it doesn't mean apple is losing money on the hardware.

    hitachi just might be making a huge profit off of the hard drives when they are sold straight to consumers.
     
  4. Michael St. Clair

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    Apple might be making money, though I personally suspect they are just breaking even at best. My opinion only. Even if they cost of the hard drive is $100, once you add the battery, the electronics, the hardware, manufacturing, the r&d, the support, marketing, and distribution costs, then the retail markup, I don't see profit. Again, that is fine, I can appreciate the razor/blade model.

    Jobs has made it pretty clear they'd love to have players in the $100+ range if they wouldn't take a bath on the hardware.
     
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    Apple is making money on them. Hitachi is making more money on the Microdrives.

    The MD from the Muvo2 actually works, unlike the one in the Ipod.
     

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