SanDisk's SlotRadio music player now available
SanDisk's Sansa SlotRadio, a microSD card-based portable audio player, is officially available for sale online.
Unlike previous portable audio efforts from SanDisk, the SlotRadio player isn't aimed at the iPod crowd. The allure of SlotRadio is it can play popular music right out of the box, with no computer required (just like a radio). In fact, a computer-shunning power outlet adapter is included as an accessory.
The SlotRadio is SanDisk's bet on a seemingly untapped market of people who want the convenience and portability of digital audio, without the fuss of downloading and transferring music using a computer. As with any music service, SanDisk faces a separate hurdle when it comes to selecting the 1,000 songs that are included with the player. To the company's credit, SanDisk has been working closely with Billboard to pull in hit songs from artists such as Akon, Brad Paisley, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Soundgarden, The Killers, T-Pain, Kanye West, No Doubt, Kenny Chesney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and U2. SanDisk is also selling additional 1,000-song Billboard music compilations based around different genres and decades, each priced at $39.99.
Of course, getting 1,000 songs for $40 (or $99, in the case of the SlotRadio player) doesn't come without some limitations. The songs included on SlotRadio microSD cards cannot be transferred to a computer, and each song is wrapped with DRM-protection that's only compatible with the SlotRadio player or the