The Next Big Thing? It's Very, Very Small

So you've downloaded every song that Metallica has ever recorded, but you don't have a way to take your tunes with you? Soon you will, thanks to IBM's new Microdrive. The diminutive drive can store up to 1GB of data in a matchbook-size CF+ Type II device.

What will this little package mean for Mac users? IBM says the Microdrive will work with G3 and G4 Macs running OS 8 or later, via a PCMCIA adapter.

But the real story is what the 1GB Microdrive will do for your handheld devices. The new drive has enough storage to hold more than 17 hours' worth of CD-quality MP3s, thousands of digital photos, or entire databases. It uses less battery power than its predecessor, the 340MB Microdrive -- so you won't run out of power when you're listening to the extended version of "Master of Puppets."

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