Seagate Technology announced that its tiny hard drives will spin out tunes for portable music players made by Creative Technology. Creative chose Seagate to supply disc-drive storage technology for its new portable audio product lines, starting with Seagate's new ST1 Series hard drives, the companies said on Tuesday. In June, Seagate , which are designed to hold up to 5GB. Hitachi and other rivals make drives 1-inch in diameter, but these do not store as much data.
Although disk drives have emerged as an important storage technology forsuch as Apple Computer's iPod, Seagate has been struggling of late. On Tuesday, it reported a , or 7 cents per share, for the quarter ended July 2. It also has announced a plan to by about 2,900.