By Richard Menta 9/1/09
For those just looking for a basic MP3 player and not overly convinced that it has to be an iPod, SanDisk has offered an array of portables worthy a look. Their most recent is an update of the Sansa Clip called the Sansa Clip +. The + means it sports a microSD slot, which is useful not only for expanding the memory, but is compatible with with company's slotRadio and slotMusic cards. For the unititiated, these are basically flash memory albums and playlist tracks that can be purchased from $14 to $40 - that not a lot of people buy. Better to look at the Clip + as a competitor to the iPod Shuffle that offers more features for less money. The SanDisk Sansa Clip + comes with an FM tuner with 40 presets (if you can actually pull-in 40 channels on the relatively weak tuners the players usually have) and a 1" OLED screen.
Sansa Clip +
Other features offered by the Sansa Clip + are nothing new. The unit comes with a microphone for those wishing to record their thoughts and Li-ion batteries claiming a decent 15 hours of playing time per charge. The Clip + does offer FLAC and Ogg Vorbis support along with MP3, WMA, WAV. It doesn't support DRM-free AAC for those of you with extensive store-bought iTunes collections. SanDisk also claims this unit is the first Windows 7 certified MP3 player, convenient for those who purchase a PC after Windows 7's October release date.
The SanDisk Sansa Clip + is available in three colors; red, blue and black,
and shipped August 31st. Prices are $39.99 for 2GB, $49.99 for 4GB, and an 8GB
version will set you back $69.99.