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New MP3 players start at $80

Following up on the launch of the 8GB version of its Sansa e200 Series, Sandisk has unveiled its new Sansa c200 Series entry-level MP3 players. The Sansa c200 Series is the follow-up to the Sansa c100 Series MP3 players first introduced in January of this year.

The 1.3” x 3.1” x .6” players weigh just 1.51 ounces with battery and feature a 1.4" color screen, a microSD slot for expansion, an FM tuner/recorder, voice recorder and a user-replaceable battery good for up to 15 hours of playback. Supported audio formats include MP3, WMA and protected WMA DRM.

Sandisk is aggressive with pricing as 1GB Sansa c240 and 2GB Sansa c250 players will retail for $80 and $100 respectively. The Sandisk empire continues to grow

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Different Priorities
By mindless1 on 9/1/2006 4:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I have different priorities than some, this is much less desirable to me than their old e100 line.

e100 had regular SD slot and is confirmed by owners to support cards more than the 2GB originally spec'd. e100 had a low cost but still quite usable screen, making it's bottom line lower (I got mine for about $40 AR).

e100 has AAA battery so your player won't be trash in 4 years (not much point in replacing the battery as such special batteries will cost a lot if you can find them (time spent too), while e100 allows taking an extra battery with you.

Where the c200 shines is finally a reasonably stylish (and hopefully sturdy) case. Pity but it's quite irrelevant for the purpose of such a device, to play music and be tucked into a pocket, not put inside a glass case on your mantel. It's smaller too which is nice, except that makes a color screen all the less beneficial and it has smaller navigation buttons. Do I need to see color pictures that are postage stamp size? No.

c200 has FM recorder too, which might be handy, but come to think of it I seldom if ever use the FM recorder on my other players.

So essentially to me it seems sandisk has taken a giant step backwards in MP3 players. While it may look sleeker when it comes down to it's use it offeres more detractions than benefits at a higher cost.

I realize my priorities are different than others' but if anything Sandisk was taking market away from Apple (albeit a tiny bit) by having a different alternative, not by trying to make same thing in a different flavor (in which case you'd have just bought the Apple).

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