iPod Mini Dies for Science

Greg Koenig over at iPodLounge has disected one of the very first of the mini iPods to roll off the assembly line. The purpose was primarily to see if the unit could be disassembled for re-anodizing the exterior, but Greg also tested it to see if the internal 4Gb CF hard-drive could be extracted and used in another device, like a camera or PDA. Apparently the answer is no…for now.

In related news, the Creative Muvo2 4Gb has made its way to market, but an active aftermarket has developed around selling the units stripped of their internal hard-drives. Ebay lists dozens of the hobbled players, running around $30 or more for just the player without the memory.