SanDisk's pride and joy will "un-tether users from their PCs." (PCMag.com)
LAS VEGAS - With a little help from manufacturing partner ZING, SanDisk on Monday unveiled the Sansa Connect, which for all intents and purposes seems to be positioned by the company as a direct competitor to the Microsoft Zune.
Designed for use in Wi-Fi hotspots (although it functions as a regular MP3 player when there is no wireless signal to be found), the Connect accesses online music services without a PC, and users can both stream or download content. It has an internal speaker and the ability to expand the internal 4 Gbytes of memory.
So can you send a song to a friend wirelessly, just like the Zune? Well, because the Connect utilizes music services, the answer is yes.
If a customer is on the same music service as his buddy and wants to send him the hottest new track, a Connect owner just needs to ping him with the player, and the friend can rock out immediately to the new song, SanDisk said. According to the company, a Connect is not even required Connect-to-PC connections are supported as well. Furthermore, since its within the confines of a music service, there arent any restrictions on how many times the track can be played.
There is also a photo playback feature, and the ability to download photos wirelessly as well.
Read the full story on PCMag.com: Sansa Takes on Zune With Connected MP3 Player
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Tim Gideon is the Lead Audio and Video Analyst for PC Magazine. After joining PC Mag in December 2006, he immediately shopped on eBay for a vintage Yankees pennant to hang next to his vintage Redskins pennant in his cubicle. He spends most of his time in the labs testing the latest MP3 players, headphones, and media extenders. Tim's free time is spent either recording music in the home studio he's been building since childhood or destroying opponents in Scrabble. Previously, he freelanced for PC Magazine and several other publications.