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SanDisk prepping Sansa Fuze Plus MP3 player

Posted at 20 August 2010 18:29 CEST by Randomus

SanDisk reportedly will end its now two-year Fuze MP3 product freeze with the refreshed Fuze+ media player that includes a rechargeable battery, 2.4-inch display and FM tuner.

The company will reportedly launch the MP3 player with storage capacities including 4GB, 8GB and 16GB. The device will have a 2.4-inch QVGA screen (320×240 resolution) and will use a rechargeable internal battery to provide up to 24 hours of audio playback with five hours video support per charge.

Storage can also be expanded using microSD and microSDHC, with support for SanDisk’s custom slotMusic and slotRadio memory cards. Both products fly relatively low under the radar, but were met with mild enthusiasm when first announced.

A product announcement and possible MP3 player release dates are rumored for September, but SanDisk hasn’t made an official statement. Pricing information will also be disclosed at a later time.

Prior to shifting focus to solid-state drives and other products, SanDisk was an outspoken critic of Apple, even launching anti-iPod advertising campaigns. The company has released the Sansa Clip+ and a few other upgraded products, but become noticeably quiet in the MP3 market as of late.

The various models of the Apple iPod — which control the MP3 market — receive the most amount of attention, but Microsoft, SanDisk, and other select companies attempt to remain competitive. I’ve owned numerous iPods over the years, but have also owned several models from other manufacturers — and will continue purchasing products away from the iPod line when I see the need.

The new Sansa Fuze+ isn’t going to suddenly upset the iPod, but SanDisk must have seen a chance for success if it decided to go to market with a new MP3 player. iPod rivals must be cheaper and include different features than the iPod, but there is still room for other select products in such a large market.

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Blu-rayFreak
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Aug 10 18:39
    I've used a Sansa Fuze for awhile (it recently broke due to someone else dropping it in water), awesome MP3 player. They're much cheaper than iPods, have a good interface, expandable storage, and I really liked the product. Looking forward to the Fuze+
    NBR
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 23 Aug 10 05:46
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by Blu-rayFreak
      I've used a Sansa Fuze for awhile (it recently broke due to someone else dropping it in water), awesome MP3 player. They're much cheaper than iPods, have a good interface, expandable storage, and I really liked the product. Looking forward to the Fuze+
      Rockbox (www.rockbox.org) also runs on those Fuze devices. only v1's are 'stable'. but the v2's do have support but those look like they lack direct USB support from Rockbox unlike the v1's which appear to work completely according to here...http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SansaAMS

      but i agree with you about the whole price stuff as IPOD type devices (basically anything from Apple) is overpriced especially when your mostly concerned with finding a decent MP3 type player. but Apple has the market locked up because their name is already thoroughly established and your average joe don't know any better so they go with what they know which is usually Apple products etc.

      p.s. i have a Sansa e250 myself and it's been great with Rockbox on it. has it since June 2008.
      Bob_Collins
      MyCE Junior Member
      Posted on: 27 Aug 10 16:02
        Put an HD radio tuner in it!
        raspwest
        MyCE Junior Member
        Posted on: 06 Nov 10 08:27
          I have had an e250 and a Fuze and loved them both.I can't wait to get a Fuze+, both my kids have Ipods but i prefer my Fuze.

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