Now that's a threesome. In addition to the launch of Real Rhapsody 4 and the SanDisk Sansa e200R Rhapsody player, Best Buy will get involved with the Rhapsody/Sansa ecosystem when it begins offering both the player and a Best Buy-branded music store October 15. Powered by Rhapsody 4, the Best Buy Digital Music Store will offer more than 2.5 million tracks for purchase and subscription, and it will work seamlessly with the new Sansa e200R Rhapsody series of MP3 players. Basically, it's a reskinned version of Rhapsody 4 (look out for Jasmine France's full review).
Partnering with Best Buy in this regard is smart for both Real and SanDisk--after all, the new ecosystem competes with iPod/iTunes and will soon compete with Zune. I think the two different makes of the e200 series may confuse consumers, but if the Rhapsody DNA-laced e200R works as well as or better than advertised, consumers should take note, because both player and software are looking like a dazzling duo. Stay tuned for our reviews of Rhaposdy 4 and the e200R Rhapsody player.