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SanDisk Offers 2 Gbyte iPod Competitor For Under $100

Memory can be expanded up to 2 Gbytes more using a microSD card.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — SanDisk Corp. Friday (Sept. 1) expanded its flash-based MP3 line, rolling out a new system that is said to break the $100 price threshold for a 2-gigabyte (GB) player.

SanDisk (Milpitas, Calif.) rolled out two new models in its Sansa c200 series. The c200 series is offered in two capacities — 1- and 2-GB — which sell for $79.99 and $99.99, respectively.

The memory can be expanded with the addition of an optional SanDisk microSD card, which currently is available in capacities of from 256-megabytes (MB) to 2-GB. For example, with a 2-GB microSD card, a user can transform a 2-GB player into a 4-GB player to hold nearly 2,000 songs, according to the company.

The c200 supports WMA, MP3 and the protected WMA DRM format. Offered on the Sansa c200 are an FM tuner/recorder with presets for 20 channels, a voice recorder and a user-replaceable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 15 hours of continuous playback.

The SanDisk c200 is Microsoft Windows PlaysForSure compatible, meaning that it will support subscription music from on-line music providers such as Rhapsody, Napster and Yahoo! Music.

The SanDisk c200 is expected to be available from retailers in the U.S. and Europe in October, with other regions following later.

In a move to expand its systems business, SanDisk last month unveiled what the company claims is the world's largest capacity, flash-based MP3 player. The flash-memory product company also cut the prices on its older MP3 player models.

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