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Ready to buy albums on a memory card? I didn't think so

SanDisk on Monday rolled out-albums sold on microSD memory cards.The argument (statement, Techmeme): SanDisk, which is trying to fend off Samsung, will offer a new category of music.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

SanDisk on Monday rolled out

-albums sold on microSD memory cards.

The argument (statement, Techmeme): SanDisk, which is trying to fend off Samsung, will offer a new category of music. Instead of buying CDs, downloading songs and subscribing to services you'll buy these little memory cards. The cards will be preloaded with DRM-free music from labels like EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. And Best Buy and Wal-Mart will sell these things.

Now here's the problem: Folks don't buy albums. They buy singles a la cart and the future is downloading not buying some format. But even if you get over that issue there are other complications.

For starters, it's a pain to plug these little albums into devices. Yes, it's portable, but isn't it easier just to have these things as files on a hard drive. How many slotMusic albums can I lose.

Vinyl albums are beginning to sell because it's more of collector's item. No one is going to carry around a microSD card and show it off to friends.

Pricing is yet to be determined.

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