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SanDisk 8GB flash player takes on Nano

updated 09:50 am EDT, Mon August 21, 2006

8GB flash player debuts

SanDisk today unveiled the Sansa e280, the world's first 8GB flash player which will compete with Apple's iPod nano. The new device is functionally equivalent to its smaller e200 sibling, which helped the company claim second place in the digital audio player market behind Apple, according to Electronista. The player features FM tuning as well as recording, a microSD slot for extra storage, video playback capability, and voice recording support. The e280 is priced at $250, offering double the capacity of Apple's largest iPod nano -- the 4GB model -- with the same price tag. SanDisk has a distinct advantage in the digital audio player market because it is itself a flash manufacturer, allowing the company to dictate its own prices and increase capacity sooner than most other companies.




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  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sandisk e280

    this mp3 doesn't appear to support OS X...

    this makes this the lamest iPod killer yet...

    don't expect me to go out and get virus infected XP just to use this player...get real.

    put this one on the junk pile, cant use it to replace myiPod.

    though I do like the illuminated controls

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well..

    With parallels you can use it on an Intel Mac.

    Secondly, more iPod users have Windows than mac OS.

    However, when iPod was Mac-only, many people bought an iMac to use the iPod with. I don't see the same happening with this device.

    8Gb iPod Nano, or even a 10GB, here we come!

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yeah

    Like this thing is really gonna move. What these companies refuse to understand in that they can pump 100GB in their cheap a** products and still wont sell because they don't have a SOLUTION for which this whole thing nicely fits together. Its just a bunch of individual parts. What fool wants that!

  1. bommai

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    San Disk is 2nd place

    While iPod holds a 75% market share, Apple cannot be complacent. San Disk is number two now with almost 10% market share. They are leveraging their flash memory production capability to compete on price. I wonder why Samsung has not done that. I think we win because this will force Apple to lower the price or come out with a higher capacity iPod nano soon.

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