Archive for December, 2008

A New Slot for Music (East Bay Express)

It's been another year of bloodletting in the music industry. CD sales continue to decline. Brick-and-mortar record stores are rapidly losing business. Major labels now live in fear of being supplanted by computer companies. ... Product developers from the Milpitas-based electronics company, SanDisk, insist that there's still a place for packaging and liner notes in the era of digital downloads. Their solution? It's called slotMusic, a tiny microSD card (about the size of your smallest fingernail) with a 1 gigabyte storing capacity — enough space for a full album, liner notes, and even music videos. [News Source]

Accessorize the SanDisk Sansa family (CNET)

CNET editors round up cases, clips, speakers, and more for the SanDisk Sansa line of MP3 players. [News Source]

SanDisk Named CES Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award Honoree (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

MILPITAS, Calif.----SanDisk Corporation today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its 16 gigabyte 1 microSDHC™ and Memory Stick Micro™ ™ mobile phone memory cards. [News Source]

Fall Out Boy Album Slotted For New Release Format (antiMUSIC)

A top story from this week. Fall Out Boy's Folie a Deux will be available on "slotMusic, a new form of DRM-free MP3 music on a microSD card [News Source]

And a lossless new year … (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Because everyone on your Christmas list already has an MP3 player of some kind, whether it's a dedicated unit or a phone that also gives virtual foot massages, you can safely explore a few digitized gift ideas.

The biggest rock 'n' roll album of the holiday season is Fall Out Boy's "Folie a Deux," and you can buy it on a slotMusic card for $15. The DRM-free cards come pre-loaded with the album, a remix of "American Suitehearts" and three behind-the-scenes videos shot on a recent European tour.

A slotMusic card is a microSD card that you plug directly into any device with a microSD slot, which includes a host of phones and MP3 players. You can also download the content to your home computer with the included USB adapter. Because it's a plug-in, there are no passwords or need to download content from a Web site. [News Source]

Hands-on Sansa SlotMusic Player (Yahoo! Tech Advisors)

The Sansa slotMusic Player made it onto my "Techie gifts under 50 bucks" because of the price, but what you're getting for $20-$35 is actually not bad at all. The player is about the size of pack of gum, and feels pretty solid in your hand. If you remove the cover, which is interchangeable, you'll find a place for a single AAA battery that powers it for up to 15 hours. Having a battery ... [News Source]

Fall Out Boy Album Slotted For New Release Format (antiMUSIC)

Fall Out Boy's Folie a Deux will be available on "slotMusic, a new form of DRM-free MP3 music on a microSD card [News Source]

All-American Rejects Offer Bonuses On Non Traditional Format (antiMUSIC)

A top story from this week. [News Source]

Cool gadgets with even cooler price tags (Greensboro News & Record)

It's Christmas again, but this year's economy makes seasons of huge flat-screen TVs and expensive game systems under the tree seem like a fever dream. You've got to shop smart - and there's a tech gift to wow them in every price range.

SanDisk Sansa Clip (2 GB) Like the more-expensive iPod Shuffle it comes in five colors, weighs less than an ounce and can clip to your clothing. Unlike the Shuffle, it comes with a small screen for easy navigation, built-in mic for voice recording and an FM radio receiver. More for less? Yes, please. Who it's for: Music and audiobook addicts on the go, runners and kids who want their first (but low-cost) MP3 player. Cost: $30-$60 [News Source]

Another Way to Grab Your Music and Go (NBC 5 Chicago)

We've come a long way since the days when vinyl ruled our music collections.

Last week SanDisk teamed with multi-platinum selling artist Akon to release his new album, Freedom, on slotMusic cards. The memory cards -- similar to what you may use in your digital camera -- can contain files with the artist's music, but also hold other media types, such as video and pictures. In Akon's case, the Freedom slotMusic card features extras including a mini-documentary video on his life, a music video and images. Several other artist's albums are available this way, and the cards are sold at places like Best Buy. [News Source]