IBM has announced a new storage technology that might allow your IPOD to carry "500,000" songs--Apple's odd little units to characterize its little gadget. In real units, it would be about 12-13 "terabytes"--12-13000 giga-bytes. Assuming an average song is about three minutes long, that's close to 70 years of music, night and day, without ever repeating a song. If you're into watching movies, that's about a year's worth of movies.
One wonders if those pushing for ever more memory in devices ever really think through the implications of how anyone could ever enjoy that much entertainment. Technology for the sake of technology seems to be rapidly approaching, or even surpassing, the capabilities of our senses to process the data.
Don't worry about it becoming reality too soon, though. If IBM had believed in hiring the people it needed to manufacture things in a cost-effective manner, they just might still be in the business of making PCs and disk drives. They certainly had the technology to eat the lunch of their competitors at any given time.
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