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SanDisk launches new Sansa Fuze+ which starts under $100

With all the hype surrounding Apple's impending launch of new iPods, it's sometimes easy to forget about some of the the key players in the MP3 player market. One of the big names we haven't heard from in a while is SanDisk, and they're debuting the new Sansa Fuze+ today.

The Sansa Fuze+ is the successor to the older Sansa Fuze and features a completely redesigned body. The player incorporates a 2.4" QVGA LCD; a "film strip" GUI which makes allows quick navigation through photos, music, and video with left/right finger swipes; and FM radio support.

Other features include a microSDHC card slot for expanded storage capacity (SanDisk slotRadio is supported) and a microphone for audio recording. The Sansa Fuze+ can operate for 24 hours straight while playing only audio; that figure drops to five hours when playing video.

“The Sansa Fuze+ is the most versatile portable media player available for under $100,” said Tom Bailey, senior director, AV retail, SanDisk. “We developed an entirely new product to provide consumers with a stylish, affordable device that performs exactly as a sophisticated yet easy to use player should.”

The Sansa Fuze+ is available today in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB with MSRPs of $79, $89, and $119 respectively (available colors include red, white, black, blue and purple).

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By Raiders12 on 8/31/2010 1:06:48 PM , Rating: 5
Great! My Sansa e250 has served me well for 6 years, yes 6. I know of many people who replaced countless Ipods in that time span.
Anyway, Sansa makes a solid product, and I look forward to seeing what these offer.

RE: Sansa
By sviola on 8/31/2010 1:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
My Sansa e250 lasted 3 years, but it was a great product and did not fail on me. Unfortunately, it was ran over by a train, but even then, it survived eventhough the screen was shattered, it did play songs. I went to try to replace it around here, but I couldn't find any other Sansa players around here.

But this Sansa looks very nice, if I hadn't gotten a Sony from my wife in my birthday, I'd definitely get this.

RE: Sansa
By Raiders12 on 8/31/2010 1:53:50 PM , Rating: 4
Plus with expansion slots for microSDHC, the expansion possibilites are huge. Buy the 16 GB for $110, slap another 16 GB in there for another $45-$60, and you have 32 GB MP3 player for $155 or so. Not too shabby, oh and you cna use Rhapsody, down with iTunes.

RE: Sansa
By DanNeely on 8/31/2010 2:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
Do current Sansa's have full SD card integration? The first generation SD card equipt players from Sandisk and Creative were crippled by the inability to integrate files from the SD card with files on the internal flash.

RE: Sansa
By Omega215D on 8/31/2010 2:24:08 PM , Rating: 2
All current Sansa players have SD card integration with Library save for the original Clip which has no microSD slot...

RE: Sansa
By DanNeely on 8/31/2010 3:05:21 PM , Rating: 2
Good to hear. I doubt I'll be upgrading for a while (with my headphones 64k mp3s are good enough); but not having to worry about my mp3 collection overflowing my devices on board capacity again will be a major plus when I do.

RE: Sansa
By tastyratz on 8/31/2010 4:23:41 PM , Rating: 3
then get new headphones.
Meetronics ai-m9's are like 25 bux and beat out bose sets that sell for 4x more. I can instantly tell when I am playing one of my mp3's that are not 320kbps

Maybe I am just an audiophile but the idea of something that sounds so bad that 64k is acceptable would make me lose sleep.

Also +1 for sansa. I have had a fuze for years now and its been ultra reliable. Wife had a c250 upgraded to an e250 and that lasted several years before she beat the headphone port off and just ordered a fuze (last week too)

Sandisk makes an amazing product, I am curious what else this player brings to the table. Wonder how long it will be before rockbox supports it :-)

RE: Sansa
By DanNeely on 9/1/2010 1:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
I'm anything but an audiophile; which is just as well since all the higher end headphones I've seen are in styles I find uncomfortable to wear. Even on a friends $500(?)ish speakers I can't tell the difference between a 128k MP3 and a better than CD quality FLAC file. Even there outside of A/B testing I doubt I'd've picked up on 64k vs 128k.

As for the phones you suggested I've yet to find a pair of earbuds that weren't either so loose they fell out if I tilted my head or were painfully tight in my ears. I've similar complaints with the bigger cuplike headphones, combined with not wanting to wear something that blocks out too much exterior sound while I'm walking along the road.

I currently have a pair of Sennheiser PMX100's and an equivalent pair with stereo and a folding headband. They sound better than anything else I've tried in this form factor.

RE: Sansa
By tastyratz on 9/1/2010 11:26:29 PM , Rating: 3
The tinny crappy earbuds of past have come a long way compared to today's in ear monitors (iem) They function highly based on the ability to seal to reproduce accurately. This is seperate from the obviously better ability to hear your music definition in a loud environment without cranking them.

If you truly can not tell the difference between 64k and 128k then you would be borderline legally deaf. 256k to 320? 192 to 256? That I believe. 64 to 128 I suspect is a gross overstatement on any account and any speakers. Check headfi forums for reviews on different popular headphones, and pay more attention to comfort then.

Sennheiser cx300 might be a good entry iem for you if you found yourself interested.

RE: Sansa
By Raiders12 on 8/31/2010 2:27:23 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering the same as well. It would be excellent it they did fully integrate them. To use my SD card, you have to change the storage mode to MSC, and it cant be recognized in Rhapsody. The player itself can sort through and play all my songs together though.

RE: Sansa
By Reclaimer77 on 8/31/10, Rating: 0
RE: Sansa
By xsilver on 9/1/2010 10:57:45 AM , Rating: 2
32gb> nano's 16gb ?? and cheaper too
plus you can continually buy more sd cards
each one is smaller than a penny...

you could probably stick 30 on a credit card.

RE: Sansa
By Reclaimer77 on 9/1/2010 11:34:50 AM , Rating: 1
My Zune Classic holds 80 gigs. The newer flash version of the Zune and iPod hold, I believe, 64gigs. Why are you bringing up the nano, I don't know. Nobody buys those.

But this player, no offense, just doesn't have the storage capacity that a consumer expects from a modern device. And expansion cards are nice, but I notice they often limit the size of the card you can use anyway. That's how my old SanDisk "lil monsta" worked. You get all excited that you can add more storage with cards, and then discover it will only use up to a 2gig SD card.

And sorry but carrying around a bunch of sd cards, no matter how small they are, is still a hassle. I can't find ONE feature on this player that's so amazing that I would feel compelled to ditch the Zune and put up with all the cons of the SanDisc.

But look, it's just my opinion.

RE: Sansa
By DanNeely on 9/1/2010 1:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
above 2GB needed to be formatted differently, and IIRC for FAT a license fee needed payed to MS. SD vs SDHC support isn't exclusively a case of artificial limitations.

RE: Sansa
By Raiders12 on 9/1/2010 1:42:43 PM , Rating: 2
But with this player you can use Rhapsody, and benefit from their unlimited music service rather be tied to iTunes pay service or Zune Pass

RE: Sansa
By Reclaimer77 on 9/2/2010 4:38:41 PM , Rating: 2
oh I have a far better unlimited music, hell unlimited everything service, than any of those :D

But I thought Zune Pass had an unlimited plan just like Rhapsody? But I agree, iTunes is the worse.

RE: Sansa
By DanNeely on 8/31/2010 2:09:25 PM , Rating: 2
I had an M260 (4gb sidewalk chalk) that lasted 2 years before it began to intermittently go silent (probably the headphone jack soldier joints were failing).

RE: Sansa
By hyvonen on 8/31/2010 5:16:56 PM , Rating: 2
Mine is feeding sweet tunes in my ears as we speak; I purchased it refurbished some 5 years ago. And, with Rockbox OS I can use SDHC cards to supplement the 2GB that came with the player.

I have zero need to switch to iPod.

By Barfo on 8/31/2010 1:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
Swipe huh? If this thing has a touchscreen I don't want anything to do with it.

RE: touchscreen?
By Brandon Hill on 8/31/2010 1:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
The area below the screen is touch sensitive (or so it seems)

RE: touchscreen?
By quiksilvr on 8/31/2010 2:38:13 PM , Rating: 3
What is it with touch sensitive buttons? Is a real button that inconvenient? Have we really reached this point?

RE: touchscreen?
By DanNeely on 8/31/2010 3:03:15 PM , Rating: 2
*rolls eyes* They're cheaper.

Dunno if that's inherently true or if it's only cheaper if sealing against spills is a concern.

RE: touchscreen?
By blueboy09 on 8/31/2010 7:16:52 PM , Rating: 1
Yes it is, because accident-prone people like me totally seem to spill things without even thinking about it. Had some wine w/honey spill on the Fuze player, and it's a bitch to turn the wheel, especially when it's in a air-conditioned area. IMO, a BIG plus when they can figure things like touch controls. Make thing much easier for me. Definitely be buying this when it comes out on retailers on Sept. 12. - BLUEBOY

RE: touchscreen?
By sleepeeg3 on 8/31/2010 8:54:54 PM , Rating: 2
Give me a crosspad anyday over these stupid wheel, touch systems. Intuitive, fast and it actually works when you are SWEATING.

Have the Fuze now and it's a great player. Not thrilled with the stupid wheel, but the touch interface seems like a step backward.

Nothing Apple Required
By TxJeepers on 8/31/2010 12:59:31 PM , Rating: 2
If my little Sansa were to ever fail, I will be buying another. I like KISS products that do not have an Apple logo on them.

RE: Nothing Apple Required
By Mitch101 on 8/31/2010 2:49:16 PM , Rating: 2
Same here I use a Sandisk Sansa Clip a whopping $20.00 its perfect for the gym and anywhere I just need a little music. If it gets stolen or crushed who cares Ill pick up another.

RE: Nothing Apple Required
By marvdmartian on 9/7/2010 10:59:16 AM , Rating: 2
Well, of course! Only fanboys of "the Fruity One" love paying twice as much for half as many capabilities! ;)

By Phynaz on 8/31/2010 1:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like cheap plastic. Kids toy color.

RE: Plastic?
By jabber on 8/31/2010 1:46:58 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you prefer scratchy scratchy faux chrome then?

That always screams quality.

RE: Plastic?
By Raiders12 on 8/31/2010 1:55:45 PM , Rating: 2
They did say there are other color choices... with scratchable chrome finishes.

By UNHchabo on 8/31/2010 12:53:07 PM , Rating: 5
SanDisk is great! Their recent players support open formats like Flac and Ogg Vorbis out of the box, and historically they've even provided the Rockbox developers with information to help port it to their devices.

Sound quality
By KIAman on 8/31/2010 2:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
If this maintains the same sound quality as their other products (clip, clip+, fuze) then this is a winner for me.

I personally own the clip+ and honestly cannot find a reason to actually have a usable screen other than to look at the album covers.

RE: Sound quality
By Omega215D on 8/31/2010 2:05:37 PM , Rating: 2
I just bought a Clip+ to supplement my Cowon D2. If this new Fuze+ comes with better sound than the clip+ then I'm gonna be pretty annoyed... my return period is up.

Doesn't look very promising
By Johnmcl7 on 8/31/2010 5:36:13 PM , Rating: 2
The design doesn't look too great particularly the touch buttons which are going to be difficult to use if the device is in a pocket or similar. I'd be curious to know if they've dumped the proprietary connector the original Fuze uses and switched to standard mini or micro USB as that's one of my main annoyances with it. I'd also like to know if it's still mass-storage compatible.


RE: Doesn't look very promising
By Azure Sky on 8/31/2010 9:26:55 PM , Rating: 2
word is it uses a microusb connector.

and it dumped the e200/fuze connector, the downside of that is the lack of LOD and dock support, so people who have docks that support older sansa players wont be able to use them with the remote :(

can't find a use for them anymore
By makken on 9/1/2010 7:27:51 AM , Rating: 2
as much as I love these things, in the era of smartphones with 3.5mm headphone jacks and more flash memory than I know what to do with, I really can't justify carrying a separate MP3 player anymore.

By jimbojimbo on 9/1/2010 11:54:10 AM , Rating: 2
Running with a little clip player beats the hell out of having a cell phone with you. Besides, the little clip is so dirt cheap if it got ruined in the rain I wouldn't are much. Now if my phone got ruined in the rain...

Basically for anybody active it's nice to have a separate player. Most of America probably doesn't need one.

Mucho Importante Questione
By Silver2k7 on 9/1/2010 11:42:39 AM , Rating: 2
Ehm, does it play .flac ? :)

RE: Mucho Importante Questione
By Dorkyman on 9/2/2010 8:02:07 PM , Rating: 2
Both flac and ogg, from what I've read, as of 2008.

Ditto the other comments on this page, I love my Fuzes. Previous one 2 years old and ripped off; new one a refurb ($40!) and just as terrific. Drag-and-drop interface, and I manage my tunes with the Llama. iTunes-Free-Zone here.

Pretty cool
By Chaser on 8/31/2010 12:53:23 PM , Rating: 2
and good for them!

Sansa $79?
By zebalow on 8/31/10, Rating: -1
RE: Sansa $79?
By hyvonen on 8/31/2010 5:19:13 PM , Rating: 2
Get an old, used one.

RE: Sansa $79?
By Taft12 on 8/31/2010 7:53:41 PM , Rating: 2
He's right, Sandisk refurb MP3 players ARE in the $20-40 range, and I gotta agree with the pro-Sandisk sentiment in these comments. Had an e260 for ~3 years and still as good as the day I got it (I'll never find another clear poly case for it though which it could really use)

RE: Sansa $79?
By Omega215D on 9/1/2010 3:59:29 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. My Clip+ sounds great, durable (already tested that a bit) and small enough to allow me to use it during a workout without having to worry about extra weight or bulk. The UI is pretty straight forward (for the most part) and made navigating through my iPod Touch a bit more work for certain things. I only paid $50 for the 8GB Clip+ and it sounds much better than the $300 iPod Touch (came free with the MacBook after rebate).

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