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SanDisk, Record Companies Plan MicroSD Music Format

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Sep 22, 2008, 7:36 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Flash memory maker SanDisk is teaming up with the recording industry to offer music on microSD cards. The plan is to put new music, ripped at 320 Kbps complete with liner notes, videos and other extras, onto 1GB microSD cards and sell them at music retail stores as well as locations such as Wal-Mart. The microSD cards will also come with a small USB reader so they can be inserted into a computer. The songs will not be protected by DRM, so they can be moved between phones and other devices. The new format will be called slotMusic. EMI Music, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group are all participating in the new venture, and all parties involved plan to have slotMusic titles available by the holiday season.

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Sep 22, 2008, 10:10 AM

Good use of existing technology.

It won't alienate customers by being too new. I worry about theft on something that small though.
So I'm curious, why is this from your point of view, better than putting hundreds of albums on an 8gig microsd card???

Sep 22, 2008, 8:16 AM

The only reason this might work is. . .

Because there are people out there who are ipod zombies and are too stupid to use they very capable cell phone as an mp3 player. Secondly, people are too stupid to buy an 8GB microsd card of which they can put HUNDREDS of albums onto, 8gig cards are going for a measly $35 on ebay now. Only bad consumers buy memory cards at local retailes, RIPOFF! ! !
have you ever considered people dont want to buy a cd then transfer it to a computer. then keeping the cd in storage for eternity. I get what your saying, but some people want what they want. personally i store all my files on a computer and my 160gb ...
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Sep 22, 2008, 8:01 AM

Is 320kbps bit rate good?

I don't know much about bit rates. The article didn't say anything about WMA, mp3, or whatever sound formats?
It'll be in mp3. 320 is pretty damn good (the best, for mp3). I prefer anything over 192kbps to run on the radio station I work for and usually, when we get music sent from record companies in the mp3 format, it's 320kbps. Most people can't tell a dif...
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