SanDisk intros 8GB flash-based digital music player

“SanDisk Corp. on Monday introduced a new digital music player that can store twice as many songs as Apple Inc.’s popular iPod Nano and cut prices on its existing models ahead of the holiday shopping season,” Reuters reports. “SanDisk, which is a distant second to Apple in the digital music player market, said it would sell a model of its Sansa player with 8 gigabytes of storage capacity enabling it to save up to 2,000 songs.”

Reuters reports, “The new player will retail at just under $250, SanDisk said. Prices for Sansa players with 2, 4 and 6 gigabytes of storage were cut by as much as 30 percent.”

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Oooh, goody, higher capacity flash-based iPods must be right around the corner!

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16 Comments

  1. Oooh, goody, higher capacity flash-based iPods must be right around the corner!

    That would be my take as well. But we all knew Apple would be upgrading its product lines, it was just at a matter of when they would announce. I’m thinking the announcement will occur next Tuesday.

  2. Within the next 6 weeks or so Apple will at least up the capacities on the existing nanos while keeping the price points the same ($149, $199, $249). I’d be shocked if we don’t see 2/4/8GB nanos released by October.

  3. Interesting. One question though. Perhaps someone here can answer.

    Is all this flash ram, fault tolerant?

    If some of the memory degardes or fails, will the rest continue to work??? Bad Memory Locations on a hard drive are usually noted and not used.

    ????

    N.

  4. Norm e,

    Flash memory is good for 20 years, 99 times out of 100.

    How’s that for a statistic? I didn’t just pull it out of my ass, I read it on some flash memory maker’s web site. I can’t remember which one.

  5. They’re ahead! For about 5 minutes, then they’ll be back to the usual position..watching the tail lights of Apple dissapearing into the distance.

    The next iPods will hardly just be 8gb flash and cheaper…

  6. Poor time to introduce a new player. Timing is everything. Apple will probably wait until Summer is over and the back-to-school rush has calmed down before introducing a future Christmas gift. School supplies come first, then parents being to look at gifts.

  7. It is doubtful that anyone who wants an iPod will change to a “Sansa” because it has 8GB at a higher price. But for the non-iPod crowd, this make SanDisk’s hold on #2 stronger.

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