SanDisk Corporation today has launched the SanDisk Sansa m200 series of MP3 music players that use embedded flash memory to store many hours of digital music. The new players support Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 and feature PlaysForSure support for portable music downloads, subscription services such as Rhapsody To Go, Napster To Go and Yahoo! Music Unlimited are also supported.
Music downloads and subscription services are an increasingly popular way for consumers to instantly and economically access millions of digital songs; either by downloading and paying for each song individually or downloading an unlimited amount of music for a flat monthly subscription fee.
The new players are designed to work seamlessly with a wide range of popular music formats such as MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) in both unprotected and protected files (such as those WMA files purchased from music service providers and music download sites).
The Sansa m200 series is available in 512-megabyte (MB), 1, 2 and 4GB capacities, which is the highest capacity currently available for flash-based players. The new m200 players can store hundreds of songs and play up to 19 continuous hours on a single AAA battery.
It is available now in the United States and will be available in Europe by early November. SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world’s largest supplier of flash data storage card products using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. Sansa m200 line features support for music subscription services and capacities that include a 4-gigabyte (GB) model for $199.99, made possible with its new 70-nanometer NAND/MLC 8-gigabit chip.