Seagate announced late Sunday that it would immediately begin shipping its new Lyrion hard drive -- the corporate moniker for its single-platter 60GB 1.8-inch
hard drive -- worldwide. The drive is only 5 millimeters (0.19 inches) thick and gets its write on using that snazzy perpendicular
tech we've been hearing so much about. Also available in a 30GB size, the Lyrion includes "free fall protection" that will power down the motor and keep the heads away from the platter if the drive senses that it is indeed in peril. (We don't suggest that you test this feature.) We're not sure how much these drives will sell for, nor when we might start finding them embedded in various media players. But seriously -- iPod pico, anyone?