Originally Posted by icklemiss21
Like an external hardrive or a smaller flash drive?
Both will hold pretty much anything,
to store some files I want to take to the office with me!
Apple made a bundle with this thought. After all, the iPod is a glorified flashcard. I use SD cards with my PDA to simulate an iPod. The thing about SD cards is my cameras all use them, my printer, my PDA, my montiors and HDTV, etc. and I can just pull them out of one device and stick them into another. This makes them slightly more versatile than a USB plug but storage costs can be high if you are not proficient at compressing data before storing. Most people soon learn after buying a digital camera that compression can be done easily up to ten times with no noticeable degradation in quality meaning that a one GIG card can actually save TEN GIG of data when compressed. Music and photos have different compression rates but I have literally tens of thousands of photos backed up on just a few SD cards.
Of course you can back up data to DVD or even CD at the very cheapest possible price but these are not as convenient or as versatile. In the case of my PDA, I have several SD cards filled with music and can just pop out one SD card and put in another with no hassel of using a computer, something the iPod still cannot do. And if you look inside an iPod you will basically find just that, an SD card unless you buy one of the new 30G iPods, but they actually have a hard disc in them which means moving parts. Things that do not move do not break like things that do move.