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Hitachi to boost production of iPod disk drive
Last modified: May 16, 2004, 8:05 PM PDT
By Reuters

The six-week waiting list to get a popular iPod Mini digital music player from Apple Computer is likely to get shorter by the end of the year.

Hitachi's hard disk drive unit said that it will spend about $200 million to double the disk drive output of its Thailand factory, including the 1-inch, 4GB disk drives that are found in the iPod Mini.

Production of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies' Microdrive will rise to about 2 million units per quarter by the end of the year, from 200,000 in the first three months of this year, said John Osterhout, who manages Hitachi GST's Microdrive program.