It seems like only yesterday that Steve was making fun of all the puny flash-based mp3 players out there, in favor of his superior hard disk iPod. Well it looks like the days of iPods with HDD are numbered if this rumor pans out.

Analyst Jesse Tortora, claims that Apple will move the grand daddy iPod over to flash by the end of 2007. And in addition to flash, Tortora also says that the next version will have a wide touchscreen (a la iPhone), wi-fi, GPS, and the ability to transfer media from & to AppleTV. I know it's just another Apple rumor, but it's going to happen some time, why not this year?

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Apple may ax next-gen HDD iPod in favor of all-flash models [Apple Insider]