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2.75
80 VOTES

The media player can connect to any wireless network and stream music or photos.

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Pros

SD slot to expand capacity

8 agree

Internet radio (no subscription required)

7 agree

Connects with Flickr

5 agree

WiFi Connectivity

3 agree

easy to setup (only file manager drag and drop is available) through either a card reader or the included USB cable

3 agree

Lightweight (2.8 oz)

3 agree

Good sound quality

3 agree

easy to use user interface

3 agree

Scroll wheel makes it easy to navigate the menu

3 agree

Continues to play music while charging or connected to PC

2 agree

Built-in speaker so the kids don't have to mess with wires and I can keep track of the volume.

2 agree

Yahoo! Music compatible - downloads songs directly from Yahoo! Music playlists (subscription required)

1 agrees

Requires no special cables.

1 agrees
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Cons

Doesn't connect to PC wirelessly

5 agree

Yahoo service has been discontinued

3 agree

Can't play video files

3 agree

No built-in mic

3 agree

No built-in FM tuner

3 agree

now quite dated looking

2 agree

cannot download specific songs from Yahoo! Music

2 agree

Scroll wheel is not very accurate and often over or under-scrolls

2 agree

Shuffle (hold button and shake) doesn't actually choose a random track, it just skips a few (1-3?) tracks in the playlist.

2 agree

quite hard for a 4 year old to operate. The button is a little difficult to push, and must be held down for a couple seconds to do anything but pause the playing

1 agrees

uses DRM - annoying with its required license renewals

1 agrees

Drag-n-Drop files does not always work

1 agrees

Not rechargeable.

1 agrees

It eats batteries fast, and when low acts erratically.

1 agrees

The battery/SD cover seems to be a loose fit and could potentially come off too easily.

1 agrees

No Mac support

1 agrees

Does not have an open OS

1 agrees

No video playback

1 agrees

Does not support RockBox

1 agrees

limited capacity

1 agrees
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The Sansa Connect is a Wi-Fi music player by SanDisk who teamed up with Yahoo to offer a media player that syncs up with Yahoo Music and other internet radio stations. The media player can connect to any wireless network and stream music or photos. The player also syncs up with Flickr so you can view your photos on-the-go. You can also expand the 4GB memory size with a MusicSD card.

SanDisk has been trying to get a piece of the iPod pie since the introduction of their Sansa series, although the response has been lukewarm at best. By teaming up with Yahoo, the two companies have found a way to compete against Microsoft's Zune and ostensibly, Apple's iPod. This player is very sensitive to the adoption of Wi-Fi networks so the market is currently pretty small, although this is set to grown in the next year.

Post Review
Keenfrenzy
07/10/2008 10:39

The "con" about it not having video playback is incorrect. They released a firmware update long ago to correct this, and you can download the video converter from SanDisk's website.

Infomaniac
04/23/2007 09:02

If you are concerned about Internet Radio, check out this petition at SaveInternetRadio that makes it easy to email your representatitives in Washington. As for the Sansa, this product looks very interesting and gets a very good review on Cnet. A definite must watch item!

Erik
04/09/2007 05:51

I've said it once, and I'll say it again. I LOVE INTERNET RADIO! It's just a matter of them not being put out of business because of new copyright legiscrapilation.

Awesome idea.

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