Sleek New Players Support Most Popular Subscription Music Services
And Feature Capacities Up to 4 Gigabytes of Flash Storage for $199.99
Music download and subscription services are an increasingly popular way for consumers to instantly and economically access millions of digital songs and either download and pay for each song individually or download an unlimited amount of music for a flat monthly subscription fee.
"It is SanDisk's guiding principle to always provide superior value to its customers," said Eric Bone, director of retail product marketing at SanDisk. "One of the ways we have done this with the Sansa m200 line is to feature support for music subscription services and capacities that include a 4-gigabyte (GB) model for $199.99, made possible with our new 70-nanometer NAND/MLC 8-gigabit chip. When you combine these key features with a compact yet robust industrial design and an easy-to-use interface, we believe the Sansa m200 line will be very compelling for anyone who appreciates music."
"SanDisk's new m200 series of flash-based players represent a major advancement for the portable music subscription model," said Robert Acker, vice president of music services for RealNetworks. "Using Rhapsody To
Go with these new players gives consumers the market's best music experience, combining superior playback performance with Rhapsody's extensive playlists, samplers and editorial recommendations."
The new players are designed to work seamlessly with a wide range of popular music formats such as MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) in both unprotected and protected files (such as those WMA files purchased from music service providers and music download sites).
The Sansa m200 series is available in 512-megabyte (MB), 1-, 2- and 4GB capacities, which is the highest capacity currently available for flash-based players. The new m200 players can store hundreds of songs and play up to 19 continuous hours on a single AAA battery.
The Sansa m200 series is available now in the United States and will be available in Europe by early November.
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world's largest supplier of flash data storage card products using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and has operations worldwide, with more than half its sales outside the U.S.
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1- Approximate p layback at 128kbps MP3, 64kbps WMA
2 - Approximate figures at four minutes per song
3 - 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.
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