- SanDisk released a second series of MP3
players that play prerecorded music stored on MicroSD cards in both the
SlotRadio and SlotMusic formats.
|The Sansa Clip+ series is compatible with prerecorded SlotRadio cards.|
three Clip+ models, all certified as Windows 7 compatible, also accept MicroSD
cards that store up to 16GB of music side-loaded from a PC. Clip+ models also
come with embedded flash memory: 2GB at a suggested $39.99, 4GB at $49.99 and
8GB at $69.99.
SlotRadio cards, launched earlier this
year for time-pressed consumers, come preloaded with 1,000 protected MP3
songs at $39.99 and $49.99. The preloaded songs are locked to their cards and
cannot be played back on any device other than a dedicated SlotRadio player or
compatible MicroSD-equipped Sansa Fuze A/V players and Sansa Clip+ music
players. The songs can be played
only in sequence, though songs can be skipped. The songs also can't be rewound
or rearranged in a new order.
SlotMusic cards, starting at a suggested
$14.99, feature prerecorded songs in unrestricted MP3-format from the big four
music companies. The songs are playable on a dedicated slotMusic player or on any
MicroSD-equipped MP3 player, including the new Clip+ players. The songs can
also be copied for playback on MP3 players that lack MicroSD slots.
The Sansa Clip+
MP3 player was expected to be available today at SanDisk.com and BestBuy.com and at other retailers
nationwide on Sept. 13.
features include FM tuner with 40 presets, voice recorder, rechargeable lithium-ion
battery with up to 15 hours of battery life, and playback of the following
music formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis and Audible files (for audio
books) in unprotected and protected files.
currently offers eight SlotRadio cars in such genres as country, 80s, 90s, DailyMix,
rock, hip hop/R&B, oldies and SlotRadio mix. The company offers 36 SlotMusic
cards, with 15 more due soon, the company said. All cards are available online
at SanDisk.com and in the brick-and-mortar and online stores of RadioShack and