Teaser: The 1Tb iPod

Teaser: The 1Tb iPod

The Teaser

Yes the title is correct the 1TB iPod, as in 1 terabyte, or 930Gb useable for the lawyers…..

iTunes and the 1Tb iPod

iTunes and the 1Tb iPod

1TB iPod Screen

1TB iPod Screen


This will be a complementary product to the iFlash, it will be designed for people who want more than 256Gb.

So for 256Gb or less in storage, the iFlash and SD or CF card will always be the better option – especially in terms of battery life.

Getting 1000 Gb in to an iPod is not going to be cheap and while I have a working prototype and development is still continuing, it may be that I will not move to production if the demand is not great enough and the resulting price would be too high!!!

Again while I have a working prototype, I am still at the very early development stage. I have many issues to solve including but not limited to:- power consumption, drive access stability, seamless compatibility with all iPods (5g,6g,7g) I am working on, and final product cost.

Some Stats

Transfer speed on my test 5g iPod Video is approximately 8 to 9MB/s, so syncing the full 930Gb will take around 30 Hours. On the 6g/7g iPod Classics transfer speeds are nearer 16 – 18Mb/s so about 15 Hours to fill.

Power consumption is not going to be great, and I cannot really tell you anything as my development/prototype boards are not using the iPod’s internal battery (Yes, it really is that bad!!).

The iTunes music database starts to struggle around the 50000 tracks, so to fill 1Tb you will need many lossless music files – rather than millions of low quality files.

I have not tried Rockbox yet, while I expect it to work ok on the 5g Video’s the 6g/7g Classics may not. Rockbox’s file/directory based music storage will probably allow much greater than 50000 tracks.

1TB will probably be the limit for the iPods as I suspect it is at the limitations of the firmware. I will post another teaser if I manage to squeeze more in to some of the newer iPods but I suspect 1TB will be it!!!!!


Not sure, it could be 4 weeks or 4 months or even 4 years – I am working on it and it will be announced when and if its ready for primetime……

56 thoughts on “Teaser: The 1Tb iPod

  1. Mark

    I’m having trouble with my Crucial MX200 500gb. When I plug the iPod in I get the Grey Apple, then the sad iPod, the “Low Battery Please Wait” message, and this loops continuously. Any suggestions?

  2. nicolbriss

    Hi, I have an A1238 model 6th or 7th gen, I don’t really know, which is the best for my iPod? 🙂

  3. Support

    @D.E.N.Y – probably your battery cannot handle the drive, the battery has to be in great condition to power up and write to the 1Tb mSata drive.

  4. D.E.N.Y

    Hi, I just finished upgrade of my iPod 5th gen. with 1TB 840 EVO ssd, but there is a problem.
    As soon as I connected it to PC, iPod wrote: “Connected to your computer, use iTunes to restore” and then restart.
    This is repeated over and over again!

    Can be the problem, that I used original factory sealed SSD? What is a factory set of file system for 840 EVO ?

    Thank you.

  5. Reed

    I now have several 1TB iPod classics using 7th generation 160 gb mother boards with 2.0.4 firmware, an iflash dual and a 3000 mh battery in a 6th gen ‘thick’ case, For the sdxc cards I used PNY 512 but the Olatec Elite Pro 512gb from Amazon seems to be working just fine. Time to expand my library

  6. Eduardo

    Can I install a 256GB SSD with iFlash -SATA adapter into an iPod Classic 6th without putting on Rockbox ?
    detect correctly iTunes 256GB hard disk on the iPod?


  7. DogeShibes

    lol wtf … a prototype? It’s freakin’ just putting a drive inside and tweaking lulz …sometimes people amaze me.

  8. Arturo Weasley

    Hello Tarkan. I have the same ipod. MA147/ LL
    I want more gb.
    What is better?
    I flash dual with 2 sdxc 512gb or i flash sata with 1tb.
    I wan change battery to.
    1300mah or 3000mah

  9. Kel bazar

    Just install a 1To 840 EVO on my ipod 5 after formated it in FAT32 with AOMEI and it work well !!!

  10. Support

    @Kel – Yes the mSata will fit inside the original Slim case. Only thing to note is that the slim battery on a 5g iPod with 1Tb mSata will have an extremely poor battery runtime.

  11. Tonard

    Hello rubeN,

    I did but I am not a technical builder.
    Any way or place where we could buy such an iPod?
    (internationally as I live in Europe)

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