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SanDisk debuts 6GB Nano-like player

updated 03:15 am EST, Fri January 6, 2006

6GB Nano-like player

today a new iPod nano-like MP3 player. The top-of-the-line SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 player features a large 1.8-inch color screen and 6GB of storage, and up to 256 hours of music playback. The device also allows users to view photos and personal videos. The company also introduced the Sansa c100, a value-conscious MP3 player with a color screen and compact size. Featuring a remarkable resemblance to the Nano, the company touts its industrial design and sports a click-wheel like interface as well as features a new "universal accessory connector" to help promote the proliferation of an accessory market. As with many clones, the player offers several features not available on the iPod, including a user-replaceable battery, an FM tuner with on-the-fly recording, an icon-based menu for navigation, and a microSD expansion slot for additional capacity and support for content cards that can be exchanged with mobile phones. The Nano-like player will be available in March in capacities of 2GB ($200), 4GB ($250), and 6G ($300).

"Music is an incredibly important part of the digital lifestyle, where the emphasis is on accessibility of music, styling and ruggedness on the go," said Eric Bone, director of audio/video product marketing at SanDisk. "These new players have a rich set of features, a high-strength industrial design and a friendly price tag that we believe will appeal to anyone who appreciates music on the go."

The Sansa e200 series features a slim new design and a 1.8-inch TFT color screen (QCIF+) along with high-quality audio, photo viewing and video playback capabilities. It offers an industry-leading 6GB capacity that holds more than 1,400 MP3 songs.

The company also claims to have create a scratch-resistant finish, touting a "distinctive, high-strength and lightweight back cover" that is made with an advanced Titanium alloy from Liquidmetal Technologies that is stronger than steel and highly resistant to scratches and wear.

The Sansa e200 is 1.7-inch wide, 3.5-inch long, and 0.5-inch high, which is much thicker than the 0.27-inch Nano. SanDisk claims an amazing 256 hours of WMA-enabled music playback on the 6GB model, 128 hours on the 4GB model, and 64 hours on the 2GB model.

The Sansa e200 series players will support Microsoft PlaysForSure so consumers can download and pay for songs individually or download an unlimited amount of music for a flat monthly subscription fee from music stores such as Rhapsody To Go and others.

Sansa c100--Feature Rich, Value Priced

SanDisk also debuted the Sansa c100 series for value-conscious consumers who desire flash-based music player with a color screen. Available in 1GB and 2GB capacities, the device features a 1.21-inch color screen can be used to view thumbnail-size digital images. Much like the e200 series, the Sansa c100 line will support Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription and downloads compliance for easy accessibility to a wide range of music and music stores. It also includes an FM digital tuner with 20-channel presets, FM on-the-fly recording and voice-recording capabilities with its built-in microphone. The new player uses a single AAA battery to power the unit and features the same universal accessory connector for the easy addition of future accessories.




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  1. Frogmella

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPod wounder?

    Assuming Apple Legal can't find evidence of patent infringement, I would say this represents the closest thing to an iPod killer I've seen. If the price is right and they get their distribution sorted, it could take quite a few sales from Apple.

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Work with MACS?

    I could care less about patent infringments.

    The big question is - will it work with Macs and iTunes? If not, it doesn't seem to be very newsworthy for MacNN.

  1. siMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    256 hours...?

    256 hours!?! That can't be right - this thing can play music for over ten days non-stop? If so that's quite impressive, but still if it won't work with my Mac I couldn't care less.

  1. bojangles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    256 hours of STORAGE

    If you look at their web site, they’re actually talking about how much music this thing can STORE, not how long it can go without recharging. And no, it doesn’t work with Mac OS, so it’s fairly pointless to even worry about.

    The question I always ask, when I see stuff like this, is whether or not this is an ipod (note lowercase “p”). If it’s an MP3 player, fine, whatever. An ipod is a portable MP3/MP4/AAC/M4A/M4B/M4P/WAV/AL/AIFF player / Photo (& sometimes Video) viewer / Calendar / World Clock / PIM / Video Game system… and to the best of my knowledge, the Apple iPod is the only ipod out there.

    Barring the price question, why would anybody EVER get an MP3 player instead of an ipod?

    Just my 2˘…

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    does it say...

    it's not Mac compatible? These things show up as USB drives, like any other flash disk, and you just drag-n-drop.

  1. siMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    That makes more sense...

    256 hours of storage makes much more sense!

    "SanDisk claims an amazing 256 hours of WMA-enabled music playback" - somewhat misleading.

    It bugs me when companies claim ridiculous amounts of storage time based on 64kbps. Any manufacturer could do that, if you encoded AAC at 64kbps you could get 256 hours on 6gb. At least Apple base all their times on a more sensible 128kbps encoding average and don't feel compelled to use cheap marketing tricks.

  1. Will C

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Some good features

    Althoguh I find the iPod nano far prettier and I bet the UI is still better, there are some of us who would like a builit in FM radio and the ability to record it - the user replaceable battery is also good. Maybe when other players start making a dent in iPod sales Apple may consider these features.

  1. outZider

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yeah.

    This is actually a pretty neat device.

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    NEat

    It looks slick, is the same price as the nano... I would consider one of these, but probably wind up with a Video iPod... I don't really like the nano, they seam flimsy and get damages easily... and once damaged they look like junk.

    And FYI you can't patent 'a black device for playing digital music with a color screen' so they are probably pretty safe there.

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Playback time and extras

    If you read the actual press release: http://www.sandisk.com/Corporate/PressRoom/PressReleases/PressRelease.aspx?ID=3193

    They claim 256 hours of "playback time" and present it in a way to suggest that is battery life. The 4GB model claims 128 hours, the 6 GB claims 256 hours. If that was song capacity, there should be a linear relationship between capacity and playback time, but it's not.

    Bojangles: As to your comment about it not being an iPod because does doesn't to contacts, calendars, etc. While I agree to a point, I would counter that just like Apple claims few people want an FM tuner, I would agrue that few poeople use their iPods as a PIM, so why should SanDisk care about adding that?

    From a hardware perspective, it looks slick and could easily give the iPod a run for the money. However, the user interface and computur software that accompanies it will be the key to if it's successful. At a minimum, this could easily be the thing that knocks off many other iPod competitors.

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