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MP3 players 'will hold millions of songs'
New technology could increase memory size by millions
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A new generation of MP3 players could provide music lovers with millions of songs at their fingertips, it has been revealed.

Scientists have developed a way of dramatically increasing the memory on iPods and other gadgets while retaining their small size. Future devices could store 150,000 times the amount of current models, according to researchers at Glasgow University.

They have created a tiny switch which would see 500,000-one million gigabytes squeezed on to one square inch. The current limit is around 3.3 gigabytes.

The technology is being developed along with scientists at the STFC Daresbury Laboratory in Warrington. Dr Vin Dhanak of the laboratory said: "This research shows that the potential is there for your future iPod to have hundreds of thousands times more capacity to store music and video than currently possible."

The molecular switch is controlled by taking nanoparticles, each a millionth of a millimetre in size, and placing them on to a gold or carbon surface.

Dr Dhanak said the team now faced the challenge of resolving "fabrication issues" surrounding the device.

Professor Lee Cronin, of Glasgow University, said: "What we have done is find a way to potentially increase the data storage capabilities in a radical way."

The research is reported in this month's edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
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just plain stupid, i can't use more than 2gb on my zune. That's including songs and videos. I don't think i have ever downloaded even close to 1 million songs
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It would be nice to put all 40,000 songs on an iPod or something. I've got a rather huge collection.
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Introducing the 1.6TB iPhone!

Awesome stuff, and great find
    
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just plain stupid, i can't use more than 2gb on my zune. That's including songs and videos. I don't think i have ever downloaded even close to 1 million songs
Yeah thats true. But anyways i bet that would cost A LOT OF MONEY
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Repost; it's called "race track memory", and IBM invented it.
    
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Does it transfre at uber fast speeds?
New HDD's anyone?
    
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$1,000 per inch.
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Originally Posted by carl25 View Post
just plain stupid, i can't use more than 2gb on my zune. That's including songs and videos. I don't think i have ever downloaded even close to 1 million songs
stupid? higher quality tracks or video? i mean yeah not for the normal person but it might help with dj's and etc who need the highest quality tracks
    
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Funny, I have already used half of my 30GB Zune's HDD, I would definitly find something like this interesting.
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