Racing towards new digital storage solutions
Yet storage has never been more important than it is now in shaping the everyday experience of computing, interactivity, and new media. Even a passing glance at technologies like iPod or TiVo, both based on magnetic hard drives, should bring this point home. (Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms 4)
This passage immediately brought to mind IBM's recent work on developing their "Racetrack" memory technology. Basically, they're developing a new type of data storage that can house more than 100X the density of current storage devices (in one article, it was mentioned that this would equate to the possibility of a 500,000 song iPod).
I think Kirschenbaum is right on track with his study of storage tech, especially since--as he points out himself--it's so often neglected in critical studies of digital culture.