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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.

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