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SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip takes on iPod shuffle with color LCD

updated 10:40 am EDT, Wed August 24, 2011

SanDisk intros tiny, Mac-ready Sansa Clip Zip

After two years' silence in the category, SanDisk returned to mini MP3 players in earnest with the Sansa Clip Zip. It stands as the first clippable Sansa with a real color screen and aims to challenge the iPod shuffle by providing the features of a full player, but at the price and size of Apple's least expensive player. Although it has just a 1.1-inch LCD, it gives an 83 percent improvement over the earlier, lower-resolution two-tone OLEDs and can display album art.

Although catering to Windows users, SanDisk promises that it works on Macs as well through drag-and-drop and is the first Clip to support AAC, letting iTunes shoppers load unprotected tracks to the Clip Zip. It also supports regular MP3s, protected and unprotected WMAs, and rarer formats like FLAC and Ogg Vorbis.

As with earlier models, it carries an FM radio and a microphone for voice recording. New to the options is a stopwatch that takes advantage of the new display. A microSDHC slot boosts the capacity beyond what SanDisk includes itself.

The Clip Zip is already shipping and comes in several colors. It starts off at $50 for a 4GB version and can be had with 8GB for $70.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm a diehard Apple fan, but...

    this product is clearly more useful to me than any iPod shuffle could be. Offering 8 GB plus the ability to add either 32 GB or 64 GB microSDHC cards is about as good as you can get providing the Sansa is built decently enough. I could live with drag and drop, but I wish it could have iTunes library support. Anyway, for $50 to $70, I'm sold on it as a disposable device.

  1. johncarync

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Congrats to SanDisk

    Here's a great example of a company bringing out a product that competes with Apple without blatantly copying Apple. I wouldn't mistake this device as an iPod and it has a fresh, attractive, and unique design. See Samsung, it can be done.

  1. flippyzip

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Reminds me of ...

    2005. Seriously, why bother with this c***? Want a Shuffle? Buy the real thing, not an imitation.

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