# Whats stopping flash drives from entering the mp3 player market?

1. Nov 13, 2007

### Ian_Brooks

I've come across an article regarding the new microsoft zune's having an 8gig flash drive. If sony can make a thumbnail size 4gb flash disk - whats stopping this technology from being expanded upon to larger sizes? Wouldn't it be faster and more compact?

2. Nov 13, 2007

### mgb_phys

Price and scarcety of high density large capacity chips.
currently it's more profitable to put them into $500 cell phones than$50 MP3 players.

3. Dec 22, 2007

### binzing

First, they already have. Those small mp3 players that just plug into the USB are effectively a flash drive, with a battery and controls. Infact you can use those type of players to carry regular files. Second, larger sizes cost more. About a year ago, I think, I saw an add for large capacity flash drives up to 16 gig. The 16 gb one cast to the order of about \$1400.