CES 2009: SanDisk's slotRadio does music without the downloads
Like the idea of a music collection in your pocket, but can't be bothered with all that downloading and ripping? Storage specialist SanDisk has the answer: its $100 slotRadio, announced at CES 2009, comes with a card preloaded with 1000 songs.
The tracks are picked from the US Billboard charts, and arranged into genre-themed playlists, the company's Daniel Schreiber saying that the system "will have even the most time-pressed music fans enjoying a huge range of music in no time."
Out of the box, the player comes with a 'mix card': this features a variety of playlists from Billboard's charts, including rock, contemporary, country, and others, organised into themes such as “chillout,” “workout” and more.
Songs can't be removed from the card, but users can easily navigate between the playlists, and skip through tracks at the press of a button.
Additional 1000-song cards will be available, at $40 each, and the cards are designed to be interchangeable with any slotRadio player as well as being compatible with Sansa Fuze MP3 players.
The player itself has a diecast aluminium body, a 1.5in OLED display and a built-in FM radio. Both player and cards will debut soon on the company's sansa.com website and at over 4400 Radio Shack outlets in the US.