Sansa FAQ


Unofficial Sansa Frequently Asked Questions

This compilation of answers for frequently asked questions about SanDisk’s Sansa line of personal media players was last updated on October 29, 2007 and is continually evolving. It is based on the best available news sources, but it is not official and is not associated with the SanDisk Corporation.

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Q: What is a Sansa?

A: Sansa is the brand name for the SanDisk Corporation’s line of personal media players. SanDisk is second (admittedly a distant second to Apple in sales of MP3 players, but has an advantage for flash-based players in that it is a prominent manufacturer of flash memory.


Q: What types of Sansa personal media players are available?

A: As of October 27, 2007 the following types of Sansa players are available (click on images for larger view):

Sansa TakeTV

Sansa TakeTV and accessories

Announced on October 22, 2007, the Sansa TakeTV is a completely unique product that bridges the gap between the PC and the TV set for viewing downloaded content. The TakeTV unit looks like an ordinary USB flash drive that can be plugged into a PC. Video content is copied to it and then the TakeTV unit is disconnected from the PC and carried to the TV where it is plugged into a cradle. A remote control then allows the user to play the downloaded content on the TV. The TakeTV comes with capacities of either 4GB (five hours of video) or 8GB (ten hours). To provide a source of content for the TakeTV, SanDisk also started a new video download service called Fanfare at http://www.fanfare.com/.

Sansa Clip

Sansa Clip

The Sansa Clip was released on October 9, 2007. The design is similar to the second-generation iPod shuffle, but the clip is removable and a 3-line OLED screen is included. The Clip has an FM tuner/recorder and a built-in microphone. This flash-based player ships in capacities of 1GB (available only in black) and 2GB (available in black, blue, red and pink).

Sansa View

Sansa View

The re-designed Sansa View was announced on September 10, 2007, after the original player of that name was shelved three months earlier. On October 1, 2007, the new Sansa View was released. The Sansa View resembles the players in the e200 series (see below), but it is bigger. It has a 2.4-inch QVGA screen and is available in capacities of 8GB and 16GB (and a rumored 32GB). Unlike earlier Sansa players, the View supports popular video formats, including DivX.

Sansa Express

Sansa ExpressSansa Express with accessories

The Sansa Express is a flash memory digital audio player available in capacities of 1GB and 2GB. It has a built-in USB connector, similar to the first-generation iPod shuffle and a 1.1-inch, duochromatic OLED display, microSD slot, FM tuner and a microphone for voice recording.

Sansa Shaker

Blue Sansa Shaker Blue with earbudsBlue Sansa Shaker

The Sansa Shaker is a screenless digital audio player and comes in colors of blue and pink with a SD card slot (a 512MB card is included). The tubular design is intended to be kid-friendly, and the player resembles a saltshaker, as it will randomly skip to another song when shaken. The Shaker plays up to 15 hours of continuous audio with a AAA battery, and has twin headphone jacks and a built-in speaker. The lower controller band adjusts volume and the upper controller band switches between fast forward or rewind. The Shaker only supports audio files in MP3 and when the memory card is taken out during playback, the player will emit an “uh-oh” sound.

Sansa Connect

Sansa Connect

The Sansa Connect is a Wi-Fi-enabled player that allows the user to connect to any open wireless network in the area. The Mono/Linux-based device has a 2.2-inch TFT LCD screen, but unlike SanDisk’s previous player, the e200 series, the Sansa Connect does not have the ability to play video or tune to FM radio. The player was developed by ZING Systems in collaboration with SanDisk and Yahoo!, which provides music streaming via LAUNCHcast radio and a subscription download service. Viewing pictures from Flickr is also possible with the device. The Sansa Connect is currently only available in the United States with a capacity of 4GB. The storage capacity is expandable with microSD cards, currently giving the player up to an extra 2GB of storage. At the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show, the Sansa Connect won the Best of Show award.

e200 series

Sansa e200

The Sansa e200 series includes four flash-based portable media players with varying capacities which were released on January 5, 2006. The capacities and corresponding model numbers are: 2GB (e250), 4GB (e260), 6GB (e270), and 8GB (e280). All players have a 1.8-inch, TFT LCD display with a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels and can view pictures in JPEG and play MJPEG videos (in a .mov container). Other video formats would be converted via the converter software bundled with the player. The Sansa e200 series can display album art and display song information, thanks to the audio files’ ID3 content. The players are powered by a replaceable lithium ion battery that is also rechargeable, and come with a built-in expansion slot for microSD cards, an FM tuner with a recording function (only available in North America, Japan, New Zealand and some other countries), and microphone for voice recording. However, it lacks Asian text support when displaying song names and artists, but users can patch the firmware to add support.

e200R series

Sansa e280R

The Sansa e200R was released in October 2006. Physically identical to the regular Sansa e200, this player is sold exclusively at Best Buy, or directly through RealNetworks’ Rhapsody subscription music service. The main differences in the e200R is the firmware, which is not interchangeable with the e200. The player has a feature called “Rhapsody Channels”, which is the online service’s brand of podcasting, and also comes with pre-loaded content. Models with smaller capacities will receive about 1GB of content, while bigger ones will have approximately 2GB.

c200 series

Sansa c200

The Sansa c200 series has a removable, lithium-ion rechargeable battery, FM tuner/recorder (not available in Europe), and built-in microphone. It also features a 1.4-inch color display and a microSD card slot. The players are compatible with many accessories which were originally made for the Sansa e200 series and are available in 1 and 2GB capacities.

m200 series

Sansa m260

The Sansa m200 series are digital audio players are available in four models: m230 (512MB), m240 (1GB), m250 (2GB), and m260 (4GB, discontinued). The players have a built-in FM tuner and microphone, and support MP3, WMA, and Audible (.aa) audio file formats.