The 240-Gigabyte iPod Has a Debut, Sort Of

Do you have 60,000 songs that you’d like to cram into your iPod? You are not alone.

Toshiba hard drive

Apple’s current iPod Classic tops out at 120 gigabytes, which the company says is good for approximately 30,000 tunes. But Rapid Repair, a firm that specializes in repairing iPods and other digital music devices, will soon enable you to upgrade your iPod to Toshiba’s new 240-gigabyte hard drive. And that should give you room for roughly 60,000 tracks.

The company will begin offering the upgrade in two to three weeks, when the brand-spanking-new drives arrive, says Aaron Vronko, service manager for Rapid Repair. Only fifth-generation iPod Video devices are compatible with the new 1.8-inch drive, however.

The price for the new drive will be $295.

iPodA fifth-generation iPod.

Rapid Repair will upgrade the drive for you at no cost, or you can crack open your iPod and install the drive yourself. To help you out, the company has published a guide to replacing the drive on its site. “It’s not very difficult, you just need a reasonable mechanical aptitude,” Mr. Vronko says. “But if, when you were a kid, you took things apart and ended up with a lot of extra pieces when you put it back together, this might not be for you.”

Indeed, if the guide makes you queasy, you might want to just send your iPod in for a professional install. The turn-around time should be less than a week, Mr. Vronko said.

Of course, either way you do it, any hard-drive upgrade will void the warranty. Fifth-gen iPods came out in 2005, however, so you probably won’t have to worry about that.

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