Originally Posted by doublea71
You can always spring for the AK240 at $2.5k if you want more storage - that will top out at 384GB. DMinor has been able to cram a 480gb SSD into an ipod classic - you may want to ask him about that. If that doesn't suit you, keep some extra microSD cards on hand with the rest of your music. Still not happy? Keep chasing the unicorn - what you want doesn't exist.
Definitely not interested in spending $2.5k for a portable music player. Hell for that price I'd probably just buy 2-3 of the FiiO X5 and split my library accordingly. As for the 480GB iPod I just became aware of that when I was writing my previous post. Last I checked 240GB was the cap, so I've been out of the loop for a bit. I'm vaguely interested, although I don't really like the standard iPod interface and haven't been too impressed with Rockbox as I mentioned. I also did some brief reading and it looks like maybe there are some battery/voltage issues with adding the SSD. If it all worked well and didn't feel clunky, I might go that route. Overall though, it seems like the FiiO is steps ahead in pretty much every area with the exception of building out the full library. As far as chasing the unicorn, that is exactly what I will continue to do, likely with the X5 as a stopover in the meantime. I've actually considered trying to Kickstart something as I know plenty of software engineers and a few electrical/hardware as well. Doubt I'll ever go that far as I don't wish to rip anyone off/disappoint anyone, but the thought has been around for a few years.
I'm still absolutely baffled that we have the Toblerone player, but in the 7 years since the iPod Classic launched we've actually decreased storage capacity. Can anyone offer a valid argument as to why we don't/shouldn't have much larger storage capabilities??? Seems like cost isn't it since people will sell their first born to get the tech they desire. Can't be technology because the technology exists all the way around. Any ideas? I'm all ears as it were.