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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Sandisk Digital Audio MP3/ WMA Player Versus iPod Shuffle : Which one?

Sandisk have just released their new MP3 player range into Australia, the Sandisk Digital Audio Player, in a bid to counter the iPod Shuffle takeover downunder! At the moment, they come in three capacities; each having their own distinctive colour, i.e. 256MB=red, 512MB=blue and 1GB=silver.

Sandisk's new MP3 Player: watchout Apple!

While the Apple iPod Shuffle is priced well and incredibly easy to use, Apple have skimped on what some audiophiles may consider, important must-have features. Sandisk look ready to capitalise in this battle by enticing consumers with iPod Shuffle's missing pieces thus providing:
- Four-line indigo backlit LCD that displays song titles and artist names,
- Digital FM radio with 20 presets,
- Integrated voice recorder with built-in microphone and,
- Uses single AAA with up to 15 hours of playback time.

On the other hand, noteworthy pluses for the iPod Shuffle are:
- Recharged via USB (lasts 12 hours),
- 8.4mm thin and,
- Built-in USB connector.

At the end of the day, they are both superb MP3 players but given all the extra features for a similar price, I choose the Sandisk Digital Audio MP3 Player! Sorry Apple!

Sandisk Digital Audio MP3/WMA Player Product Information:
The Sandisk Digital Audio MP3/WMA Player is a small, portable player that uses embedded flash memory instead of a rotating hard drive and plays for up to 15 continuous hours on a single AAA battery. The new Digital Audio Players combine crystal-clear sound with a sleek design and sport a three-button/one-joystick design and easy-to-navigate user interface. The Sandisk Digital Audio Player features MP3, Windows Media file and Windows Media-based DRM file playback, FM radio and voice recording and can double as a USB data storage device.

Sandisk 1GB MP3 Player Product Image Link

Features of the Sandisk Digital Audio MP3/WMA Player:
- Plays MP3, WMA, and WMA DRM
- Digital FM tuner with 20 preset stations
- Voice Recorder with built-in microphone
- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port for fast and easy transfer of files
- Up to 15 hours continuous playback using one AAA battery (included)
- Indigo backlit multi-line LCD display

Contents of the Sandisk Digital Audio MP3/WMA Player:
- Digital Audio Player
- Carrying case with armband
- Stereo Earphones
- AAA Alkaline Battery
- USB 2.0 Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- CD with Musicmatch Jukebox Software, User Guide, and Windows 98E Driver.

Sandisk MP3 Player Product Image Link

Dimensions of the Sandisk Digital Audio MP3/WMA Player:
- 2.96" x 1.28" x .82" (L x W x H) 75.2mm x 32.8mm x 20.8mm
- 28.9g (w/o battery)39.7g (w/ battery)

System Requirements of the Sandisk Digital Audio Player:
- Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP; Mac OS 9.2.x+, 10.1.2+
- Compatible with MP3, WMA, and WMA DRM (purchased music)
- Intel Pentium PC or equivalent; Macintosh computer with USB support- CD-ROM drive
- USB 2.0 port required for Hi-Speed transfer

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  • At Thursday, 08 December, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have spent HOURS and HOURS looking for a “FREE” way to get streaming audio and Netlibrary books and files with Digital Rights Management onto my ipod. I never found anything worth using. Here is a link to a $49 product Replay Radio http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-1796560-10291934 that does it all... It is like TiVo for ANY streaming media or digital audio you want to add to your ipod. This product won PC magazine’s editors choice for recording crystal clear audio from a PC.

  • At Friday, 23 June, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah I disagree. Although the shuffle is the low end "poor man's" iPod - it's still an iPod and has all the fruit attached (like the great collection and integration of the iTunes Music Store and iTunes software). AAA battery in this dime a dozen generic MP3 player is a real con. You going to replace the battery every day? or buy a bulky recharable unit to plug in the wall every night to recharge your AAA battery. Bad idea - and I didn't see any objective comparisons in audio quality here. iPod is still the winner by a long shot. Sorry Sandisk Reviewer.


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