Consumers must choose between flash, rotating memory

Yang, Andy
May 2005
Portable Design;May2005, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p10
This article compares the capabilities of flash memory and hard-disk drives inside digital audio players. The purchase decision of consumers typically revolves around a few key factors: price, storage capacity, industrial design, and battery life. In general, flash-based players offer a lower price and an unrestrictive form factor. At the other end of the spectrum, hard-drive-based players provide the luxury of carrying an entire music library in the palm of the hand. To examine the dynamics between flash and hard-drive-based players, the MP3-player landscape should be viewed in three segments: ultra-portable, mini-jukebox, and jukebox. The ultra-portable is flash-based. The mini-jukebox uses a 1-inch disk drive. While the jukebox uses a 1.8-inch drive holding 20-60 Gbytes.


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