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SanDisk Upgrades MP3 Player Series


SanDisk upgraded its audio-only
Sansa Clip MP3 player lineup with the Sansa Clip Zip,
which adds playback of DRM-free AAC files downloaded
from the iTunes Store.

The music-only Clip Zip also adds a 1.1-inch color screen
to display album art and a graphical user interface, whereas
its predecessor featured four-line text-only OLED display.
Other new features include a stopwatch for exercising and
MicroUSB port in a thinner form factor than its predecessor.

The Clip Zip, which is about the size of a matchbox, is
targeted to consumers whose cellphones play music but
who are concerned about damaging their phone or using
up its battery life while walking, running or exercising, said
Tom Bailey, AV business senior director.

The Clip Zip is available in a 4GB version at a suggested
$49.99 and an 8GB version for a suggested $69.99.

The Clip Zip and its Clip Plus predecessor both offer FM radio, voice recording, MicroSDHC card slot, rechargeable
battery delivering 15 hours of music
listening, and a clip to secure the device to clothing,
as well as compatibility with multiple major
music, audio book and podcast formats.