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SanDisk has introduced an 8GB version of its flagship media player and reduced prices on its entire Sansa line up in a bid to lure customers away from the iPod. SanDisk, which is a distant second to Apple in the digital music player market, today announced its $250 Sansa e280 player, which offers 8GB of flash storage (expandable to 10GB with microSD slot), audio, photo and video capabilities, FM tuner and recorder, a user-replaceable battery, and a 1.8” TFT display. SanDisk also cut prices on its existing line of Sansa e200 players. The e250 (2GB) now sells for $140, the e260 (4GB) is now priced at $180, and the e270 (6GB) now sells for $220. According to the NPD Group, SanDisk accounted for 9.7% of U.S. MP3 player sales in the second quarter, up from 3.1%  last year.

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1

Thats cool. But I still wouldnt buy one.

Posted by unreal on August 21, 2006 at 10:30 AM (CDT)

2

that’s a great deal but i only buy hard disk drive players neway.

Posted by mike H on August 21, 2006 at 10:34 AM (CDT)

3

The Sansa e-series are certainly great players, but they don’t support AAC.  No AAC support = no sale.  Also, the scroll wheel is too tiny, and the way it protrudes from the body, it makes it difficult to access the buttons surrounding it.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on August 21, 2006 at 12:03 PM (CDT)

4

Well, I’m going to give it a look. I would have no problem having both an iPod AND a SanDisk. I like the integrated FM radio, something the iPod has yet to address. I like the video in a small player and the user interface looks pretty cool.

Only thing, Windows Media player, no iTunes. Yuck! The only way to get these things to sell on a massive scale is to develope something superior to WMP. (shouldn’t be hard to do)

Posted by JWj on August 21, 2006 at 1:10 PM (CDT)

5

WMP 11 is far superior to iTunes. A far more graphical interfase and a better experience overall in my point of view. Videos look ugly on iTunes, (even ipod ready ones). WMP11 can play a lot more formats, and it even plays AAC.

Posted by Cask on August 21, 2006 at 1:38 PM (CDT)

6

WMP11 looks like a (good) clone of iTunes.

I do like the feature where it w

Posted by Kevin Crossman on August 21, 2006 at 2:01 PM (CDT)

7

double the capacity, fm radio, expandable storage, and now with the latest firmware update a customizable EQ, all for the same price as the 4gb nano.  time for apple to play the catch-up game.

Posted by enigma on August 21, 2006 at 2:15 PM (CDT)

8

iPod’s all the way, Apple started the trend and now ScanDisk think’s they can turn over the sales from iPod onto this ...no way in my opinion…

Posted by Pratik Mistry on August 21, 2006 at 2:54 PM (CDT)

9

You know what I’ve been loving lately… Pandora.  If Apple could somehow get Pandora on an iPod (I don’t know how) that would be awesome!

Posted by sno_cat219 on August 21, 2006 at 3:30 PM (CDT)

10

sno_cat219: You can! Check out Pyrrha… http://pyrcast.com/index.html

Josh

Posted by Josh Powell in VA on August 21, 2006 at 3:39 PM (CDT)

11

You can use windows explorer to port your songs over. You could even use iTunes to organise your library… as long as you kept everything in mp3. However, I see no .aac support, therefore no sale.

Posted by Liam on August 21, 2006 at 4:32 PM (CDT)

12

Very cool looking. I would buy one in a heartbeat if I could use it with iTunes. My 4GB nano just can’t hold all my music. I guess I’ll have to wait until Apple releases their 8GB flash player, whenever that is.

Posted by Joshdude in Long Beach, CA on August 21, 2006 at 6:01 PM (CDT)

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When people say they want ACC support, do you mean you want ACC support, or that you want Fairplay DRM support?
I don’t see the problem with having to convert your whole library to mp3 or whatever if you want a new better DAP.
I doubt you won’t convert it for quality reasons, as you probably wouldn’t have ripped your tracks into ACCs if you were desperate for CD quality music.

So do you mean you want ACC support (which really, most players should have, there’s no reason not to), or Fairplay DRM (which is never going to happen if Apple has it’s way)

Posted by Gerard on August 21, 2006 at 6:12 PM (CDT)

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Gerard,
They mean AAC support not ACC - 2 different audio codecs.  They may mean that they would like to play their iTunes-purchased music on any new DAP they might wish to switch to.  Or they may simply mean that they don’t feel like re-encoding their AAC-encoded library of music (who wants to do that?).  As regards quality, my understanding is that for a given bitrate, AAC provides better quality than MP3, so I can see why some folks might not want to re-encode their AAC libraries to MP3 just from the standpoint of quality even disregarding all the extra work.

But Apple needs to get their act together and get some new iPods on the market.  They were the first company out with a 4GB flash player, but SanDisk has beat them with 6GB and now 8GB flash players.  The iPods could definitely use a refresh.  I personally don’t want any extra features, I just want more storage capacity and perhaps better battery life.

Posted by Mark on August 21, 2006 at 6:40 PM (CDT)

15

I guess their iSheep campaign wasn’t working too well, so they bumped up the specs and lowered the price.

Only problem is, most buyers will hold off purchasing until they see what Apple has up its sleeve.

And, once Zune hits, SanDisk might as well throw in the towel, because the market for all the iPod wannabes will be owned by MS.

Posted by The Raven in USA on August 21, 2006 at 9:40 PM (CDT)

16

how do i record music from pandora?

Posted by mike H on August 21, 2006 at 11:56 PM (CDT)

17

looks cool. 128 HOURS PLAYBACK TIME WITH THE 8 GIG???? THAT’S CRAZY!!!!

Posted by podliver on August 22, 2006 at 12:16 AM (CDT)

18

Sandisk has one key advantage over Apple: they make their own silicon. Apple has to depend on partners like Samsung or Toshiba. It’s probably why Sandisk can get their higher cap flash players to market faster than anyone else (doesn’t explain why Sony can’t though, but then again they’re probably too busy and red-faced right now making all those replacement batteries for Dell laptops to notice).

Wonder when other companies like Patriot and Corsair finally decide to make the leap. Been pretty impressed with my 4GB Patriot flash drive…seems that they can do flash just as well as RAM.

Posted by flatline response on August 22, 2006 at 2:06 AM (CDT)

19

8 GB for $250? Why not spend the extra 50 bucks (or 30 if you get it on amazon) and get the iPod? The iPod that has practically everything from shoes to cars built to fit with it, and has an extra 22 GB? Plus, iTunes has the best collection of videos out there.

Posted by Aiwendillie on August 22, 2006 at 3:12 AM (CDT)

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>> 8 GB for $250? Why not spend the extra 50 bucks (or 30 if you get it on amazon) and get the iPod?

Uh .... because you want a small flash-based player with high capacity and long battery life?

The same argument could be made for choosing between the iPod nano and the iPod 30 GB - why not spend $50 extra for 26 GB more space (an even more compelling argument than for 22 GB) - and yet millions of people still choose the 4 GB nano.  Different people have different needs / wants.

Posted by Ralph on August 22, 2006 at 7:22 AM (CDT)

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