SanDisk unveils Sansa Fuze+ MP3 player; starts at $79

Getting in the door just before Apple's big "music-related" announcement tomorrow, SanDisk is trying to beat them to the punch with the debut of the Sansa Fuze+ MP3 player.

Getting in the door just before Apple's big "music-related" announcement tomorrow, SanDisk is trying to beat them to the punch with the debut of the Sansa Fuze+ MP3 player.

The latest portable media player from SanDisk hosts a 2.4-inch color QVGA LCD touchscreen, a microSDHC card slot (up to 16GB), and a spot for SanDisk's own slotRadio cards. The Sansa Fuse+ is also very versitile when it comes to compatibility, with support for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems as well as preloaded synchronization with Rhapsody and Napster, among other programs.

As for multimedia playback, here's the supported codec list:

  • Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC/M4A, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Audible, Secure WMA, Podcasts
  • Video: H.264, MPEG-4, WMV, Flip Video
  • Photos: JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, PNG

When it comes to battery life, users can expect up to 24 hours of audio playback or up to five hours of video playback. Not that impressive, but it gets the job done.

Available in five shades (red, white, black, blue and purple), this is a good option for younger consumers, especially given the prices. The Sansa Fuse+ is selling now in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities for $79, $89 and $119 respectively.

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