Sandisk has claimed its new flash memory digital audio player, Sansa e280, to be the largest capacity flash-based personal music player on the market that comes festooned with a 8GB memory, a micro-SD slot for storage expansion upto 10 GB and a FM tuner. Sandisk’s Sansa e280 boasts 1.8-inch color LCD display, a play time of upto 20 hours and USB 2.0 connectivity. Unfortunately, it could not match the iPod nano in terms of thickness as it has double the size of iPod nano i.e. 1.7 x 3.5 x 0.5 inches. The Sansa e280 is likely to arrive in the middle of September with a retail price of around $249.99.
Sandisk has rolled out yet another Flash player, c240 offering 1GB capacity and the c250 that offers 2GB storage. Well, I won’t compare them to the sturdy Sansa e280 that boasts whooping 8GB storage capacity. Anyways, both the c240 and c250 flash players will be compliant with MP3, WMA and WMA (DRM) media formats. Other key specifications include a built-in voice recorder, an FM tuner, 1.4-inch LCD and a SD card slot for extra 2GB storage. The Sansa c240 is going to cost you $80 while the Sansa c250 is priced at $100. If you are looking for Sansa c200, you need to wait till October.
SanDisk is once again in top stories, about company’s chic 8GB Sansa e280 audio player, fired to race Apple’s iPOd nano. The debate about licensing of MP3 compression technology has taken SanDisk to face lawsuit led by Italian patent company Sisvel. The patent company claims that SanDisk didn’t pay licensing fee, necessary for MP3 series. The setback has made SanDisk’s desk almost empty at the IFA 2006 in Berlin. The world’s top most flash memory products manufacturer SanDisk, however, gave no clarification about the ban on products in Berlin. An expert amongst the founders of MP3 digital audio compression stated, ‘SanDisk’s is not infringing any patent in the pending litigation.”
As the iPod market is getting hotter and competition increases with every new launch the companies are trying everything to gain an edge over others. The latest fad being pre-loaded music in your iPods the pioneers of this strategy Sandisk in combination with Rhapsody are planning to release a Sansa e200 player that will come with 32 hrs of music. If Sandisk is there how can Microsoft with its launch of Zune be far behind, it also announced that the player will come preloaded with 9 audios tracks, 12 music videos and three short films and images of rock stars. The music companies are ready but only if it prohibits further sharing of the files. There is no news on who all are included in this list but it only sounds good for customers if only the individual can get his type of music in these pre-loaded versions. The idea says Sandisk came when retailers complained that the buyers had no option of comparing two iPods and then buy the one they like.
Sandisk Corp. has stated that Yahoo will provide music services for its Sansa Connect digital audio player. Sansa Connect lets you listen to MP3 songs but it also comes with Wi-Fi that lets you download songs form Yahoo without the use of a personal computer. Sandisk has not detailed the terms of the agreement but has stated that it will offer both free and paid services from Yahoo. Sandisk has also stated that the company is the No. 2 seller of digital audio players in United States just after Apple. They think that their device will lure customers who are looking for the replacement of Apple iPod. Sansa Connect will be available in the latter part of this year for customers in Canada and will be priced at about $250. Via: Reuters
The latest news around the hot tub is that Apple is prepping a WiFi iPod for the Q3 this year. The rumor is strong provided the information that Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) will supply the Wi-Fi modules and Foxconn will assemble the player. Anyway, Apple and Microsoft are not the obnkly two firms planning WiFi music players. Other companies such as Sony, Samsung, and Sandisk are also in the race. Apple will need to augment the battery capacity of its iPod in order to stuff WiFi functionality into the device or lower the power consumption. Apple iPhone played with us a lot and I think the WiFi iPod is all set to play the tricks now. Via: TGdaily