Flash memory prices may delay any existing Apple plans to introduce a flash-based iPod with video device.

As reported in DigiTimes, Apple has such a product on its development roadmap, but continued demand for flash memory components may mean the device would ship at too expensive a price.

The company has reportedly been buying 20 million 1Gbit units of flash memory every month for the last three months, which memory-makers thought may be for inclusion in a flash-based video iPod.

The jury's out, even on DigiTimes: while one vendor thinks the product could be too expensive, another suggests Apple may simply introduce a model offering lower capacity than the current hard drive-based video iPods.