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Sansa Connect - a Portable, Searchable 'Nabster in a Box' Next Gen Device,
This review is from: SanDisk Sansa Connect 4 GB MP3 Player (Black) (Electronics)
Update on mar 2009 - The functionality of this device has been drastically changed, or at least it is supposed to have changed. According to the box and specs you can no longer listen via the wifi functionality to the Yahoo music service, but according to several web posts on the sansa forum you can get a firmware version that just works and lets you listen to wifi web music, but no one seems to know how. Because of this uncertainty, I would consider for folks other than technos that the device is now basically just an MP3 player with a color screen, and includes a micro SD slot for added music. It had huge potential until Yahoo broke its service, and Sansa hasnt offered a fix. I would give it two stars now, unless Sansa changes the marketing and box labeling for the device (some boxes say no wifi although with a firmware fix the hardware apparently will work again.)
I went to the store to get an Ipod nano, until I saw this for the first time. Why is this device not advertised? I have no idea - it is the first Ipod Killer. Zune step aside too. If you want an Ipod go get one, if you want a 'Nabster in a box' get the Connect. I got this for under a 100.
Please understand this concept - it includes all the music on the Internet. Think about that. This is the only device that has this out of the box.
All the music you ever need - CD quality.
Searchable, Catalogued, streaming and downloadable. And once you download songs (in the background - you never see a download bar) you can take it to the gym or the ocean.
You can hear the whole song - not a section of it. You don't even need a computer - just a wireless router or wireless connection point at your favorite place. In fact, I have filled up 2 GB of music and haven't yet connected a computer or cable or CD or software program.
If you believe that the musical experience is a trip rather than a known destination, and the discovery of what you like and what is new is part of the experience, then get this player.
If you think you already have all the music you want and plan on purchasing new songs for a buck each from Itunes or another service then get an Ipod.
Like sat radio, this player lets you select a channel of music and listen to it for hours. This is basically like XIM or SIRIUS radio on steriods: Here are some of the channels: 1980s pop, 1990s rock, 1970s soul, 40 years ago hits of 1967, forgotten hits of the 90s, disco, house, dance, brazilian, salsa cien po ciento, latin jazz, classic rock, emo, garage rock, alternative, metal, hair flare, brit rock, goth rock,southern rock, classic soul, reggae, underground hip-hop, east coast rap, hardcore rap, any many many others.
These channels are all CD quality and if you dont like the song hit next and it flips to the next song. If you like a song click save and it downloads it offline for listening when not connected to wifi.
You can also just search for an artist or view recommendations to find music. You can make playlists on the player and see album covers.
I recommend also getting the following accessories for this: Logitech im510 dock speaker, griffin technologies clear case.
The only downside to this player is that it is not more widely adopted.