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I am interested to know if a newer generation iPod classic uses a standard hard drive or flash memory. Do you know what type of memory an iPod classic uses?

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    Edited the question to make it marginally quicker to type than to visit Apple.com/ipod and click Classic then Specs. – stuffe Mar 26 '12 at 16:25
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The specs page for the iPod Classic says "hard drive". That's a mechanical drive with a set of spinning platters and read/write heads.

And here's a replacement part for the drive in the unit. The compatibility list on that page lists:

  • iPod 6th Gen 160GB
  • iPod 7th Gen 160GB

And here's a video that gives some details on the Samsung drive in the unit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mB3xjIIKcU

  • You are far too kind ;) – stuffe Mar 26 '12 at 16:22
  • Go big or go home, I say. :) – Ian C. Mar 26 '12 at 16:24
  • No, really far too kind – stuffe Mar 26 '12 at 16:27
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All generations of the iPod classic use a hard-drive for storage. That's what the Apple's tech specs specify, as well as Wikipedia.

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The iPod Classic Models use 'mechanical' hard drive platters. That is the round disk that also hard disk drives have. You notice this by the noise they make.

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Capacity:

160GB hard drive*

*1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.

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It uses an old hard drive with magnetic discs.

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