Apple plans to introduce a new breed of high-capacity iPod shuffles - perhaps as soon as next month.

DigiTimes reports Samsung and Toshiba to be, "aggressively planning to ramp up their output of 8Gb NAND flash chips".

Informatively, the report reveals that this is because of Apple's plans to introduce 2GB and 4GB versions of its iPod shuffle "this June and August, respectively".

Apple, Toshiba and Samsung declined to comment on this news.