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SanDisk Sansa m230 512 MB MP3 Player (Blue)

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  • Lightweight flash memory digital audio player--weighs just 1.5 ounces
  • 512 MB memory holds 8 hours of MP3 and 16 hours of WMA audio
  • Microsoft PlaysForSure support for compatibility with wide range of online stores and subscription services
  • Integrated FM radio with 20 presets; built-in microphone and voice recorder
  • Powered by single AAA battery, for up to 19 hours of usage
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Technical Details

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  • Brand Name: SanDisk
  • Model Number: SDMX3-512-A18
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 0.512 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3 , Protected WMA (DRM) , WMA , Audible
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Description

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Product Description

The Sansa m230 Series MP3 player offerS great sound, ease of use, and high quality sound with virtually no weight. Created by the leaders in flash memory, this flash-based model provides high-quality digital music playback at an affordable price. As a replacement to our original Digital Audio Player line, this improved look also includes Sansa's excellent navigation: songs sorted by title, artist, album, genre and more. The Sansa m230 Series MP3 players are the first to provide Microsoft PlaysForSure Subscription Service for unlimited downloads.

The 512 MB Sansa M230 will hold approximately 8 hours of CD-quality MP3 tracks (encoded at 128kps) or 16 hours of WMA tr acks (at 64kbps). It's compatible with MP3, WMA, secure WMA (Microsoft WMDRM 9 and 10), and Audible audio file formats. The digital FM radio allows you to access local radio stations, as well as preset up to 20 of your favorite radio stations. With 5 equalizer types for the FM radio and music player, you can optimize your sound for your favorite style of music, for example, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Pop, and Custom (user-defined). You can also use the built-in microphone and voice recording function to capture interviews, classes, and short voice notes to yourself.

So if you're seeking a truly portable digital media player for music, data, or whatever, please consider the Sansa M230 MP3 Player because it's stylish, it's affordable, it's reliable, and it's great.

Choose to play your favorite track repeatedly, in random sequence, or play all the songs continuously Hi-speed USB 2.0 connects to almost any computer for hi-speed music transfer (backwards compatible to USB 1.1 ports) Comes with sleek carrying case and armband to protect your player and keep your hands free Easy to use - plug and play, no drivers required (except Win98SE requires driver) Indigo backlit LCD provides ID3 Tag information (v.1 and 2)


Weighing not much more than its power source (a single AAA battery), the Sansa m230 512 MB flash memory digital audio player is a full-featured, ultra-portable MP3 player. The m230 includes FM radio and voice recording, a backlit LCD screen that displays ID3 tag information, support for multiple file formats, and full compatibility with most subscription services.

The Sansa M230 can hold eight hours of CD-quality MP3 tracks on its 512 MB memory.

Detailed view of the basic controls.

The Music LCD screen.

The FM Radio LCD screen.

Top Level Menu.

Take Your Music With You
The 512 MB Sansa M230 will hold approximately eight hours of CD-quality MP3 tracks (encoded at 128kps) or 16 hours of WMA tracks (at 64kbps). It's compatible with MP3, WMA, secure WMA, and Audible audio file formats. The backlit LCD screen shows ID3 tag information for the currently playing track (song title, artist and album). Navigate the music on your player with ease, sorting by artist, album, song title, playlist or other criteria. With five equalizer types, you can optimize your sound for your favorite style of music, such as, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Pop, and Custom (user-defined). Keep the music coming with up to 19 hours continuous playback using one AAA Battery.

FM Radio
The M230 includes a digital FM radio tuner for portable radio listening. Easily access your favorite stations by adding them to one of the 20 presets.

Voice Recording Included
Use the built-in microphone to capture interviews, classes, short notes to yourself, or anything else you might feel inspired to record.

Peace of Mind With PlaysForSure
The SanDisk Sansa M230 digital audio player uses PlaysForSure technology. Look for the PlaysForSure logo if you want to make sure the digital music and video you purchase will play back on it every time. Match the PlaysForSure logo on a large selection of leading devices and online music stores. If you see the logo, you'll know your digital music will play for sure. Choose from a large number of digital music and video stores, including MTV's Urge, Rhapsody, Yahoo!, MSN Music, MusicMatch, MusicNow, Napster, Wal-Mart Music Downloads, and many more.

Ease of Operation
To transfer songs to the Sansa, simply connect the device to your PC via the included USB 2.0 cable. The device will appear as a drive in the Windows Explorer. Just drag and drop your compatible music files and be on your way. Additionally, use a variety of music software to move licensed music to the device. Works with Windows XP and Windows Media Player 9 or later.

What's in the Box
Sansa m230 MP3 Player, Earphones, Armband and Case, AAA battery, USB 2.0 travel cable, CD with User Manual, and Quick Start Guide.

Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 3 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches
Item Weight 1.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces
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Item model number SDMX3-512-A18
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 681 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #451 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Players
Date first available at Amazon.com July 7, 2004

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By Rick M. VINE VOICE on January 30, 2006
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Alright, so mp3 players, yeah there's so many to choose from, it gets really annoyin, especially when all of your trendy friends are telling you to get an ipod. Don't get me wrong, ipods are great, i have one in fact, and i love it. But i rollerblade (not recreational, like the kind where you go to skateparks and grind handrails and various other things). So the the ipod's size makes it more prone to be broken, which is why I love this thing. I'm going to skip all the candy coating and get straight to the tootsie roll filling:


-Most other mp3 players are a little bit thinner, but the sansa has a flat control panel and the back is round to fit in your hand, i know, i know, you're going to put it in your pocket, well just put the interface on the inside of the pocket and none of the buttons have a chance of breaking, or the screen.

-The sansa has an extremely long battery life for one little AAA, around 20 hours, which is awesome since i hate buying batteries, but that's not a problem because i have rechargable AAA, but it's gets extremely aggrivating having to recharge batteries everytime you go out.

- The buttons are perfect, they're big, they're bold, what more do you want, and i noticed most mp3 players put these tiny little pin size buttons on their players, what's the point of that.

-The menu is really straightforward and simple. You just press the menu button on top of the player, and then use the 4 buttons (play/pause, previous track, next track, and stop) as the directional buttons on the menu.

-I used to have the older version of the sandisk mp3 players (256mb) and it was never loud enough, like i would be on the bus or in a busy area and not even be able to hear my music!
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Sandisk's MP3 players have really come into their own. Not only are they packed with features, but the price is reasonable. Sandisk has come a long way from their original Digital Audio Player.

This model has tons of things going for it.

- great sound, nothing not to like there

- light-weight

- FM tuner

- voice recording

- ergonomic design

- great navigation and sorting features

- Microsoft PlaysForSure compatible (for those who are into that)

- USB 2.0 connectivity

- replaceable battery!!!

The cons are minor in my opinion

- limited shuffle features

- built-in microphone could have been improved

- mediocre backlight

- slower transfer speed on older computers

For those needing more space, the Sansa M240 and M250 offer more space in the same form factor. This unit is not ideal for those who primarily want to use it for recording. Sony's various models are all superior in that regard.

One thing I have to wonder is why Sandisk didn't include an SD slot in this bad boy. I've already seen a few similar players with them.

I took a test drive and I liked it so much, I bought it as a holiday gift for a friend. I would definitely recommend it. I wanted to keep it myself, but I'm gonna get my own instead. :)

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The Sandisk Sansa is a small flash-based mp3 player that runs for many hours on a single AAA battery available wherever. It is so easy to use I did not and have not even looked at the instruction manual. The sound quality is really good and the price can't be beat.

As others have noted, the array of mp3 devices is really bewildering. Basically, there is iPod and everything else. Ultimately, this product seems to be the best of the "everything else" category - and there are some significant reasons why I think people are better off with this than with iPods. Firstly, and most importantly for me, the Sandisk player functions as a drag and drop drive into which you can just put your music files and they play right away. There is no proprietary interface such as iTunes required. This is a huge advantage for anyone who does not use or like iTunes, as I do not. Loading and unloading files can be done easily and seamlessly through the regular windows desktop interface. This results in a device that is considerably more useful and robust than iPods which require the use of the stupid and childlike, yet strangely frusterating, iTunes software - one of the biggest problems of which is that you can only use one computer at a time to sync to your music library. This is really not cool. If, however, you want to use a designated piece of software to sync to the Sandisk, you can use musicmatch or a number of others and it works without any of the hassle of iTunes. In fact, with one click, you can sync whatever is playing on your Musicmatch playlist to the player... something that I never really figured out how to do with iTunes. Furthermore, you can easily use the flash memory to hold any other kind of file just like a pen drive.
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I love the quality of the Sansa M230. My only regret is that I didn't spend the extra on the next model up. Although the advertisement and manual say 120-240 songs, realistically I've only got about 100-110 on it and it's full. It's possible I'm ripping at too high a quality...128-160 kbs. In all fairness though, I knew going into it that I only needed 11 or 12 CDs on the player at a time. After a week or two I get tired of them and re-sync using Windows Media Player v10. The sync process was the hardest part to figure out but once I got that down it's great. You can also drag and drop to and from the player through Windows Explorer. Windows sees the player as just another drive but you cannot create playlists with this method. As far as quality, sound and features go it's simple and fantastic.

Update May 1, 2006 - Ripping from CDs at 96kbs is very adequate. The quality is still very good and you can fit significantly more music on this device....that is 150-200 tunes.
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