Sandisk Introduces Sansa SlotMusic Player and Cards

SanDisk unveiled the Sansa slotMusic Player, the MP3 player for loading and listening to music on the go. The plug & play, portable music player was specially designed for use with the new slotMusic cards available in the United States.

In addition to the Sansa-branded player, SanDisk has created personalized, branded slotMusic players for popular artists such as Robin Thicke and ABBA. Both types of slotMusic Players are shipping to U.S. stores.

The Sansa slotMusic Player (MSRP $19.99) was made to play slotMusic card albums or a self-loaded microSD card full of music. The effortless player doesn’t require a PC, Internet or any time spent managing music. Consumers choose their slotMusic or music-filled microSD card, pop it into the device and will be enjoying their favorite tunes.

The artist-branded slotMusic Player is a stylish, all-in-one package, which includes both the slotMusic card and a trendy player bearing their favorite artist’s name and image. The branded player comes pre-loaded with an album on a 1GBslotMusic card. (Additional content on the card may include liner notes, album art and other one-of-a-kind content personally chosen by the artist.) Artist-branded slotMusic players will retail for a MSRP of $34.99.

Announced last month, slotMusic is a new format of high-fidelity, DRM-free MP3 music on a microSD card, which gives consumers the ability to easily listen to—and quickly swap—their favorite songs among a mobile phone, personal computer, and any MP3 player with a microSD slot. slotMusic cards available this month will feature nearly 40 of the biggest names in music from all four major music labels: EMI Music, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group. ABBA, Chris Brown, Coldplay, Connie Talbot, Daughtry, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Buffet, Katy Perry, Kiss, Leona Lewis, New Kids On the Block, Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Robin Thicke, Saving Abel, Solange, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Usher, Weezer are some of them. Consumers can expect additional releases from other artists before the end of the year.

Perfect for those on the go, the small device can easily be tucked in a pocket or purse, with a weight of a little over two ounces and dimensions of 2.75” W x 1.4375” H x 1.4375” D.

SanDisk has also developed a special line of Sansa slotMusic Player accessories, including a Sansa Card Wallet, an armband, and additional slotMusic player “shells” for customizing a player to one’s own tastes.

In addition to slotMusic cards, this convenient MP3 player can play songs from any microSD card with music encoded as MP3 and WMA (DRM-free only) files. The MP3-based music tracks will be played back at up to 320 kilobits per second (kbps), offering a high quality audio experience.

The Sansa-branded players ship with a customizable black shell, earphones and battery. The new Sansa slotMusic Player, both Sansa-branded (without cards) and artist-branded (including cards), is expected to be available from retailers in Europe and other regions of the world in 2009.