Wi-Fi Player will Allow for PC-Free Subscription Music, Streaming Internet Radio and Photos on the Go
MILPITAS, Calif., January 16, 2007 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) the second largest seller of MP3 players in the United States, today announced the Sansa Connect™-a Wi-Fi enabled MP3 player that lets consumers enjoy and recommend music from almost anywhere1-won two "Best of CES" awards at the International Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas last week. CNET (www.cnet.com) awarded SanDisk's Wi-Fi MP3 player first place in its "MP3 and portable video" category, while LAPTOP magazine voted it top portable audio player on the show floor.
The sleek-looking Sansa Connect un-tethers consumers from their PCs allowing them to connect to music and online photos through any open wireless "hot spot" Internet connection. Designed to work with premium Internet services, the flash-based MP3 player will grant music aficionados access to a wide range of new music via subscription services and streaming Internet radio1. It will also contain community features for recommending music and photos with the simple click of a button and a "live" Wi-Fi connection.
According to CNET's expert editors, SanDisk's Sansa Connect was recognized as the hottest product in its respective technology category for its "unmatched innovation and creativity, and the Company's ability to excite consumers about portable music players that can make their way into everyday life." CNET's editors received and reviewed more than 600 total entries from products unveiled at CES, awarding only 10 products top honors in a variety of categories.
"The CNET Best of CES Awards is a prestigious award, honoring the hottest products that set the standards in consumer electronics," said Eric Bone, product marketing director for SanDisk's Sansa audio/video line. "We're thrilled that both CNET and LAPTOP editors-who see the best new devices every day -recognized the Sansa Connect as an exceptional MP3 player. We're very excited to bring this to market for consumers to enjoy."
The 4-gigabyte (GB) 2 Sansa Connect will be distributed to store shelves in the United States in late March with a suggested retail price of $249.99 .The device will be available in Canada in the latter part of 2007.
SanDisk teamed with ZING (ZING.net), a new mobile entertainment technology and services company, to develop the product.
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world's largest supplier of flash data storage card products, using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Milpitas, CA and has operations worldwide, with more than half its sales outside the U.S.
1 May require subscription to access content and an open Wi-Fi network
2 1 megabyte (MB) equals 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) equals 1 billion bytes
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