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SanDisk’s Sansa c200 Packs 2 GB into $100

Following up on its aggressively-prices c100 portable music player, SanDisk today announced its new c200 music players, to be available in 1 GB and 2 GB capacities at just $79.99 and $99.99, respectively, when they go on sale in October in the U.S. and Europe.

“The c200 has some of the characteristics of SanDisk’s award-winning e200 series, including a small and sleek design and a microSD memory card slot that allows for expansion opportunities,” said Keith Washo, SanDisk’s retail product marketing manager for the c200, in a statement. “We believe that the c200, with its great price point, will give consumers an attractive set of features normally found in players costing much more.”

You aren’t going to be watching video on the c200’s 1.4-inch 128 by 98 pixel LCD screen, but the c200’s offer PlaysForSure support—and thus, compatibility with protected WMA files and many music subscription services, but no support for Apple’s iTunes—an FM tuner with 20 presets, a voice recorder with a built-in mic, USB 2.0 for data transfer, support for Audible and MP3 format (in addition to WMA), plus storage expansion via a miniSD slot. The removable, rechargeable battery supporting up to 15 hours of MP3 playback—SanDisk touts nearly double that amount of playtime with 64 Kbps WMA audio. The little units measure just 1.3 by 3.1 by 0.6 inches, and weigh just over one and a half ounces with a battery. If you aren’t looking to all the frills, bells, and whistles—or to strain the budget—the c200s look to have a compelling combination of features for non-iTunes users.

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