Is the Fuze discontinued?

Has production of the Fuze stopped? If so perhaps those who like the Fuze and appreciate the tactile buttons and scroll wheel should buy an extra Fuze while they are still available at a good price? Will the price on the Fuze soon rise? Knowing the pricing of the Fuze+ might help people guess what will happen to the price of the Fuze over the next several weeks. I have a feeling that the 8 GB Fuze+ will probably sell for quite a bit more than the current price of around $70 for a new 8 GB Fuze. Will the 8 GB Fuze+ be priced at $100 or more? Wil the 16 GB Fuze+ be over $120?

@jk98 wrote:

Has production of the Fuze stopped? If so perhaps those who like the Fuze and appreciate the tactile buttons and scroll wheel should buy an extra Fuze while they are still available at a good price? Will the price on the Fuze soon rise? Knowing the pricing of the Fuze+ might help people guess what will happen to the price of the Fuze over the next several weeks. I have a feeling that the 8 GB Fuze+ will probably sell for quite a bit more than the current price of around $70 for a new 8 GB Fuze. Will the 8 GB Fuze+ be priced at $100 or more? Wil the 16 GB Fuze+ be over $120?

Given that they still sell the View, no reason to assume the Fuze will disappear, I don’t think. After all, there are still Clips out there. I don’t see why you would think the price of the Fuze might rise though.

“Given that they still sell the View, no reason to assume the Fuze will disappear, I don’t think. After all, there are still Clips out there. I don’t see why you would think the price of the Fuze might rise though.” If this new Sandisk player is actually named the Fuze+(as the press is calling it), then it seems to imply that the Fuze is being discontinued. If it has another name though, then the Fuze might stay in production. Since the two players are so different, imo it makes sense to keep making both.

"After all, there are still Clips out there. I don’t see why you would think the price of the Fuze might rise though. "

I think production of the Clip was stopped when the Clip+ came out, but some retailers didn’t cut the price enough to clear out their inventory of Clips. After a well liked product is discontinued and its replacement is very different the price of the product often goes up quite a bit.That is especially true if the replacement is higher in price.

Only some of the specs are known about the fuze+ (if that is it’s name).  There isn’t even a clear front photo of it yet and we haven’t seen the UI and how it works.  I’m waiting for reviewers to get their hands on one and give their take on it.  It could be that it’s much more different than the fuze is.  If so, then the fuze won’t be discontinued anytime soon. My guess on the price is that it’ll be around $130 for an 8gb one.

$130 for 8 GB? If it is priced that high, then Sandisk might lose plenty of market share if they discontinue the Fuze. A new 8 GB Fuze sells for only around $70.There is plenty of demand for players under $100, with many people refusing to pay over $100 for a player. I might pay over $100 for a player, but only if it is very exceptional. For a player that is not very impressive, $100 is my limit.

Perhaps Sandisk might discontinue the Fuze, and come out with a player that is somewhere between the Clip+ and Fuze in size and price with long battery life(50+ hours). I hope such a player will omit video and have an e-ink or other low power display that is on all the time when the player is on. Many people want tactile controls. Some like myself also want the scroll wheel.

Are you sure you didn’t want to omit video?  MSRP always starts a little strong, then dips a wee bit.  If I recall, getting a v2 e280 meant about $150, and that was back in late 2007.  The $100 point isn’t too bad, in that light, if you think about it.

I prefer a tactile scroll wheel as well, very nice on a portable device.  Gefingerpoken und displaysmudgen just isn’t my cup of tea.

Bob  :smileyvery-happy:

I was thinking audio only, and somehow typed omit audio. LOL!

$100 is a very important price point for consumers. If the Fuze+ 8 GB comes out with $100 or lower list price it would be nice, although they might have a $100 list price on the 4 GB Fuze+.

Wow, those prices seem high, when you can get an 8GB Clip+ for $50-60.

Yeah, but that’s the current price and it has gone down from the starting price of $70.  Thinking back on the price of the silver fuze 8gb about 2 years ago, it was around $110.

$70 for a new 8gb? I bought mine in December '08 for $130. It’s amazing how fast the price comes down…

My 4gb (with video) was $100 when I first bought it.  About 4 months after they came out.  And that’s all I wanted to pay for an MP3 player.  I got it on sale so a little less.  That’s why I bought it, found it on sale.  Then found it superior to more expensive devices and was more happy then I could have been.

I wonder if they’re waiting until Apple makes an announcement on Sept 1.  Someone suggested a new ipod and it’s been about a year since the last one came out.

They’re going to have to come up with something nice, I think.  I hope not a total touch screen.  I have that on my cell phone now and it’s hard to skip music without looking at it.  On the Fuze I just cilck the button and it goes to the next song (I like to just shuffle all).

From what I have read it seems like the Fuze+ will have touchpad controls. Perhaps it might be a good idea to buy a spare Fuze while they are still available at a good price. I think you can get a new 4 GB Fuze now for around $55, while an 8 GB one seems to be around $70(I know 8 GB refurbs are around $40, but I hate refurbs!). I already have a spare Fuze.

I hate touchpads. They seem to have no benefits over tactile buttons. At least with a touchscreen, many additional functions can be added, but touchscreen players are still hard to control without looking at the player. Some touchscreen players do have a few tactile buttons for the basic controls, which makes them much easier to use on the go.

I also prefer tactile buttons over just a touchscreen.  But a combination of both would be okay.  The touchscreen for scrolling through menus and lists, and adjusting the settings, while buttons can be used for volume control, skip forward, go backward, and on/off.

Still no official answer here from a Sandisk rep. I hope it isn’t discontinued, My gut feeling is that it is being discontinued. Even it was discontinued, it is still not too late for Sandisk to reconsider such a move, and keep it as a current model until they have a new model larger than the Clip+ that uses tactile buttons.

@jk98 wrote:

Still no official answer here from a Sandisk rep. I hope it isn’t discontinued, My gut feeling is that it is being discontinued. Even it was discontinued, it is still not too late for Sandisk to reconsider such a move, and keep it as a current model until they have a new model larger than the Clip+ that uses tactile buttons.

They never said they were discontinuing the View, these last couple years, either…so why would you expect any different with the Fuze?:wink: