updated 12:40 am EDT, Wed October 5, 2005
today introduced the Sansa m200 series of digital music players. The flash-based device offers capacity ranging from 512MB to 4GB, placing it in direct competition with Apple's iPod nano (and, to a lesser degree, the iPod shuffle). All four models feature the same enclosure, with a small monochrome display for track selection. The 512MB model will sell for $80, while the top-of-the-line 4GB version is $200. The new players support music purchased from Rhapsody To Go , Napster To Go and Yahoo! Music Unlimited. The devices take advantage of the company's new 70-nanometer NAND/MLC 8-gigabit chip technology. The new m200 players can store hundreds of songs and play up to 19 continuous hours on a single AAA battery. The Sansa m200 series is available now in the United States and will be available in Europe by early November.
Pricing is as follows:
- 512MB - $80
- 1GB - $120
- 2GB - $160