How big can the iPod get?How big is your iPod? Bet it’s not 500 terabytes, but it soon could be, thanks to researchers at the University of Glasgow.

The clever Scots have created new nanotechnology that’ll cram 500,000 GB (or just under 500 terabytes) onto a single chip just one inch square.
That’s enough space to store a mind boggling 127 million songs on a device as small as an iPod shuffle.

Explaining the science behind it all, Professor Lee Cronin said: “What we have done is find a way to potentially increase the data storage capabilities in a radical way. We have been able to assemble a functional nanocluster that incorporates two electron donating groups, and position them precisely 0.32 nm apart so that they can form a totally new type of molecular switching device.

“Molecule sized switches would lead to increasing data storage to say 4 Petabits per square inch… The fact these switches work on carbon means that they could be embedded in plastic chips so silicon is not needed and the system becomes much more flexible both physically and technologically.”

There’s no word on when (or even if) the new technology will go into production, but you can bet Apple’s already eyeing it, along with armies of other tech firms. Watch this space.


University of Glasgow

(via Nature Nanotechnology)

  • james braselton

    hi there lets see ipod nano 16 pb ipod touch and iphone 48 pb computers 500 pb ssd up too 8 exabyte or 8 eb then super massive black hole ssd and hdd with infinity data

  • james braselton

    hi there well your right i have the 64 gb ipod touch and only used 2.7 gb 135 songs 35 apps and 10 games even if non aple i always pick the largest capacity soo i am ready for 500 tb ipods 48 pb ipod touch and super massive black hole ipod too

  • james braselton

    hi there some one said there is a yotabyte ipod coming out i am woundering when

  • james braselton

    hi there you are right 48 petabytes will take 69,600 years and if go beyong 1,000,000 years do you know humman max life cycle 100 years soo the ipod would out last humans by 10,000 life cycles or 10,000 generations

  • james braselton

    hi there you are right if ipod touch and iphone 3 gs holds 48 petabyes then a larger ipad can hold up to a whopping 144 petabytes

  • James Smith, João Pessoa, Brazil

    As many have notices, as storage has increased in size and speed so have program’s and data matched the need for it.

    It’s a sad comment upon this site that the first idea for using this technology is something as trivial as listening to music. The potential is far greater for augmented reality, AI, and nano-technology super computers. Moore’s Law is still very much in effect and this is just one way of extending the life of that concept.

    Imagine a computer the size of a pen drive as far advanced from today’s best PCs as they are from an IBM 360 Model 20 from the 1960s. They next 40 years will be far more interesting than the last 40.

  • Mark Francisco

    So how u gonna address all that storage with even a 64-bit processor, huh?

  • james braselton

    hi there mark francisco you say 64 bit cpu i say were is our 2048 bit cpu with 64,000 core cpu at 240,000 google hertz cpu or google hz

  • james braselton

    hi there on high end gaming computers offering optional ozc 1 tterabyte ssd thats right ssd hit 1 terabyte release on the day of the apple ipad soo 500 terabyte ssd are not too far off in the future

  • james braselton

    hi there wow 500 terabytes of flash memory for ipod and 144 petabytes of flash memory for the ipad and like 500 petabytes for a 30 inch imac will then no one would want a slow hard drive

  • friendofthepeople

    Even HALF of 500 terabytes of FLASH memory mass-produced. Apple is probably laughing at that financial suicide.

  • james braselton

    hi. there. your. right. apple. will. sell. 500. terabytes. flash memory. at. 1/2. price. of. hard. drive. cost. and. will. bankrupt. hard. drive. companies. or. non. hard. drive. in future. apple. products. like. no. flash. for. apple. eather

  • Dan

    Three years later and no updates? Guess it didn’t work out.

  • james braselton

    hi there i want a 500 terabyte ipod when will apple sell 500 terabyte ipods

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