The run-up to the holiday season always begins in September, and while I was overseas with no Internet access, the music and technology industries kept on churning. Fortunately for me, nothing's really changed. To wit:
SanDisk, in collaboration with the four major labels, announced a new physical format for albums called SlotMusic. You'll be able to pay between $7 and $10 and get a full album on a MicroSD card, which you'll then be able to plug into compatible cellphones or MP3 players to begin playing the MP3 files encoded at 320kbps. This one boggles me. If … Read more
SanDisk on Monday announced a partnership with all four major music labels in a deal that's set to bring future albums to microSD cards. The preloaded cards, dubbed "slotMusic" media, will be sold at brick-and-mortar retail locations as an alternative to the CD.
At this time, there's no information on which albums will be sold for how much and when, but the first outlets set to receive the new digital music medium are U.S. branches of BestBuy and Wal-Mart, among others. More than likely, the slotMusic cards will go on sale in time for the … Read more
On Tuesday, after months of expectation, T-Mobile will deliver the first phone to use Google's Android operating system. CNET News' Stephen Shankland explains how the announcement may trigger a new round of product debuts--extending beyond the realm of cell phones.
Financial markets may be melting down--sorry, no end to the jitters just yet, folks--but if you're a Microsoft shareholder, there's some good news.
CNET editor Scott Ard explains the pros and cons of SanDisk's announcement of a new physical music format dubbed SlotMusic that's essentially an entire album placed on a MicroSD compact memory card.… Read more
On today's show, we get schooled about how cell phone 911 works, we school the music industry on its consistently terrible ideas regarding physical formats (seriously? Albums on micro SD cards? Are you kidding us with this?), Obama cools his pro Net neutrality stance, and Japan gets to work on the space elevator. Jason already volunteered to go. He's so brave. We'll miss him.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 814
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The ever-shrinking record album--its latest iteration being the compact disc--just got a lot more compact, or shall we say, micro.
Backed by four major music labels, SanDisk on Monday announced a new physical music format dubbed "SlotMusic" that's essentially an entire album on a MicroSD compact memory card. Wal-Mart and Best Buy are among the retailers that have already signed on to start selling the cards for the upcoming holiday season.
With CD sales continuing to flounder, this latest effort to boost physical media sales is aimed at users of the millions of cell phones and MP3 … Read more
Toshiba to the rescue? The Japanese electronics giant may try to stave off a Samsung takeover of SanDisk.
In the aftermath of Samsung's $5.8 billion bid for flash memory supplier SanDisk and SanDisk's unceremonious rejection, Toshiba looms as a large and potentially obstructive factor to a deal.
Toshiba and SanDisk have a partnership dating back to 1999 and operate two joint ventures called Flash Partners and Flash Alliance, as EE Times spelled out this week in an analysis of the dynamics of a possible deal.
SanDisk has a 49.9 percent interest in each of the two … Read more
These days SanDisk is hardly the high-flying company it was a couple of years ago. Against a backdrop of weakening consumer demand and with flash memory prices falling, SanDisk's stock has reflected the company's changing fortunes, plummeting from a 52-week high of $55.98 to finish at $15.04 on Tuesday. It'… Read more
Despite rumors of a buyout, it's memory business as usual for SanDisk, and that includes a new 32GB Extreme III CompactFlash card.
Like its 16GB sibling, the 32GB card is stuck in branding limbo: faster than the standard 20MB per second Extreme III flash and slower than the 40MB per second Extreme IV cards, the 30MB per second 16GB and 32GB cards suffer the ID indignity of needing the speed printed right on the label. The 32GB card will cost you $299 when it ships in October. Unfortunately, as SanDisk doesn't currently offer a 16GB or 32GB Extreme … Read more