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Sansa View  (Source: SanDisk)

Sansa Store shows entry for unannounced 32GB Sansa View  (Source: Sansa Store)
32GB Sansa View lurks on SanDisk's Sansa Store retail site

SanDisk shocked more than a few people when it announced its 16GB Sansa View MP3 player in early September. SanDisk aggressively priced the player at $199.99, while its 8GB sibling was priced at $149.99.

To put those prices in perspective, Apple charges $199 for its 8GB iPod nano while the 8GB iPod touch and 16GB iPod touch go for $299 and $399 respectively.

Despite the relatively low price tags, neither SanDisk player is currently available for purchase -- this more than a month after the first announcement. A quick jog over to PriceGrabber shows that no store currently has the players in stock.

It looks as though SanDisk has another model to add to the non-existent Sansa View family. stumbled across the product page for the Sansa View on SanDisk's Sansa Store and noted a small reference to a new 32GB model.

Under the specifications link for the Sansa View, there are listings for an 8GB, 16GB and 32GB model. The price range listed for the players shows $150 to $330 so the retail price for the unannounced 32GB Sansa View will likely be $329.99 -- a full $70 less than Apple's much-hyped 16GB iPod touch.

In addition to the reference to a 32GB model, the Sansa Store also notes that the 8GB and 16GB Sansa Views will bereleased on November 6 -- two months after they were first announced.

It's anyone's guess when SanDisk will formally announce the 32GB player, but CES 2008 would be an opportune time to announce the player with shipments coming sometime in Q1 2008.

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Price Per GB?
By Jedi2155 on 10/23/2007 8:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
Compared to flash drives and SSD's, the price per gigabyte on these MP3's are nearly the same or better. A Quick Newegg search showed a 32 GB flash drive for $290 and the cheapest 32 GB SSD @ $290 for a IDE model and $700 for a SATA model!

Granted SSD's probably have a lot more R&D into design than a MP3 player, but still, the price difference is close to outrageous.

RE: Price Per GB?
By TomZ on 10/23/2007 9:01:24 PM , Rating: 3
Remember, selling prices for products in a competitive market are primarily a function of the perceived value to the customer, not based on the manufacturing and/or R&D costs.

RE: Price Per GB?
By mdogs444 on 10/23/2007 9:04:48 PM , Rating: 2
Very true. There is a perceived value based on new technology being introduced to the market, which the price drops, while manufacturing costs do stay the same.

RE: Price Per GB?
By daftrok on 10/23/2007 9:15:42 PM , Rating: 2
Outrageous indeed, but so is the read/write speeds when comparing the two.

RE: Price Per GB?
By Fox5 on 10/23/2007 11:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
How about compact flash drives? Already have a full IDE interface, thus suitable for use as a drive already, 16GB drives sell for as low as $120 and you can get dual CF to IDE adapters so $240 for 32GB.

RE: Price Per GB?
By mindless1 on 10/24/2007 5:37:22 AM , Rating: 3
There is nowhere near as much research needed for a SSD, CF spec already laid the groundwork and it was mostly just a matter of a caching alg. plus designing some case for it.

The reason SSDs cost (as) much is they're (typically) using premium grade SLC flash chips, have a higher performance and write cycle requirement.

Best Buy
By 3v1lkr0w on 10/24/2007 4:58:09 AM , Rating: 2
Despite the relatively low price tags, neither SanDisk player is currently available for purchase -- this more than a month after the first announcement. A quick jog over to PriceGrabber shows that no store currently has the players in stock.

I dont know about PriceGrabber, but BestBuy has it, though its on backorder.
It only has one customer review, and its not a good one, but I dont know how reliable it is. From someone that has 4 iPods...seems alittle bias to me. I dont have the view, I have the e200 I think it is, and I really like it. My only problem is that it takes a while startup when you turn it on, and that you have to convert videos and make sure they are small because when i put Eureka on my e200 it only showed the last half of the show, but i converted the whole show.

I just noticed something, maybe someone can help me with this. I thought the View was Flash, the bestbuy page is saying its Hard Drive. If its not flash I'm not sure I want it...or am I missing something???

RE: Best Buy
By mindless1 on 10/24/2007 5:40:06 AM , Rating: 2
Bestbuy spec = wrong

RE: Best Buy
By 3v1lkr0w on 10/24/2007 7:42:52 AM , Rating: 2
that does make sense...way to suck at life best buy. thanks

RE: Best Buy
By Oregonian2 on 10/24/2007 1:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't be so sure. If you enlarge the specs above you'll see that it weighs 82.21 oz. Five pounds! Not only does it use a hard drive, but it's a 5.25" drive (perhaps old surplus stuff and that's why it's priced nice). Maybe an 8" drive (cord to the drive not shown).

By Duwelon on 10/24/2007 12:05:42 AM , Rating: 2
I have their current 8GB model and I really like it. However, in order to play videos on it you have to use their converting software which converts whatever video you have into Quicktime. The problem is I had a pretty decent 75MB .wmv file which was just under an hour long i think, but when converted to .mov the quality was much, much worse and the size ballooned to 1.3GB (no typo).

RE: 8gb
By Hapikern on 10/24/2007 4:02:46 AM , Rating: 3
Well, the video size increase its due because the current sansas only plays quicktime motion jpg B, which is the worst video format ever on a portable media player. However this new sansa view will support WMV, MPEG4, DiVX 5.0, WMA, MP3, and JPEG. which are great news.

The only thing why im really upset about this sansa view is that it changed from the original design, which had a 4" screen. I think they made a big mistake reducing the screen size since all the competition offers it nowdays. A PMP without the big screen for movie playback is useless.

You can see the original Sansa Media in the next link.
In my opinion this could have been the best approach from sandisk to compete succesfully in the PMP wars.

RE: 8gb
By nayy on 10/24/2007 1:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
They remove some of those formats when they redesign the product
"Most popular formats are supported via embedded player functionality (H.264, WMV and MPEG4), or via a one-time software download of the Sansa Media Converter which quickly transcodes numerous video files, including DivX"

Here is the press release

Back Order
By nayy on 10/24/2007 8:53:26 AM , Rating: 3
I have been on backorder for the 16Gb model for 3 weeks now and looks like it's going to take another 3, :(
But frankly I rather wait than getting any other player, it has the best kick for the buck, it's loaded with features and looks quite sleek. + I can add more memory later.

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