I think that the common consensus is that Sandisk isn’t going to be expanding the internal/shipped/resident memory on future devices…in fact there is speculation that future devices won’t come with installed memory at all. Think about it, why continue the old way of thinking. …putting out several models with different capacities when your devices are designed to take expansion cards.
For one, there is not a way to put DRM protected content on a flash card. As such, the player would not be able to play DRM product. Sansa has already put out a “memory-less” player to be marketed with their new “slotMusic” initiative which is basically buying preloaded memory cards that you simply put in the player, Kind of like buying a CD, with a case and liner notes, but a microSD card full of 256kbs MP3’s instead of a CD. These slotMusic players do not support any DRM at all.
For this to work, the media must be DRM free. Now while DRM has been largely discarded, the only valid need for DRM is to work with the likes of Rhapsody and Napster. Granted, not “huge” markets, but markets such as audio books and video (like Ipod video) still utilize DRM extensively.
For DRM to work on a SD card, there would need to be a way to tie the card to the specific player so that the media is unusable unless in the actual player that the SD card is tied to. I don’t know if that is currently possible under current DRM methods.
Until Sansa officially discard DRM as a supported file type, the “media-less” player will not become a reality.
Message Edited by p_opus on 10-22-2008 10:23 AM