Flash Memory Boom Heralds New Wave of Gadgets

Experts see a longer-term trend that could eventually spell the demise of storage media such as compact disks and even DVDs.

Gadget makers last week showed off flash memory-based products at the Computex computer show in Taiwan.

A recent slide in prices and increase in memory capacities helped to reduce prices of devices like MP3 players. The wholesale price for a 512MB MusicDrive mp3 player from Information Corp. had dropped to $98 from $135 in early 2004.

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