SanDisk slotMusic Player review: SanDisk slotMusic Player

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The SanDisk Sansa slotMusic Player is ultracheap, compact, and supersimple to use. The exterior is customizable via removable shells. No PC required.

The Bad The Sansa slotMusic Player has no screen, no internal memory, and no features beyond very basic music playback. MicroSD cards are tiny and easy to lose.

The Bottom Line The SanDisk Sansa slotMusic Player is a reasonable option for those who still haven't made the switch from CD to MP3, and there's no computer required, so even technophobes can use it.

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In a move that most technophiles consider too slow to the game, SanDisk has started working with all four major music labels to release a new music medium where albums are distributed on microSD cards. Called slotMusic, the new format offers artists a CD-like model for distributing songs, album art, liner notes, and videos on one tiny package. The aim behind SanDisk's idea is to ease the transition from CD to MP3 for those who have been hesitant to go digital. To that end, the company has released the $20 Sansa slotMusic Player, an extremely basic device that works much like the original Walkman or the more recent Discman. The music media is strictly removable, songs play in album order, the battery is alkaline, and no computer is required to use it--but the player is much smaller and music playback requires no moving parts.

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  • Release date Oct. 15, 2008
  • Color black
  • Weight 1.7 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player
  • Run Time (Up To) 15 hour(s)
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