Milpitas, Calif. - 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.
The company's 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.
Other Clip+ 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.
SanDisk 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 Best Buy.