I see a lot of speculation on the web as to what the fate of the Connect will be, in light of the drastic price cuts now being made available.
Here’s a suggestion for SanDisk that would get them off the hook for future support of the product, and one which would possibly enhance it to the point where there could even be a (gasp) future!
There is a GREAT Open-Source JukeBox firmware project, Rockbox ( http://www.rockbox.org/ ) which currently supports MP3 players from most of the major manufacturers (even SanDisk e and c series) The list of Rockbox features is impressive, including many of the wish-list items I see here and on the web - bookmarks, gapless playback, GAMES!, real-time clock, skinning, as well as support of video. With a little ‘cooperation’ from SanDisk, I’m sure the Rockbox firmware would greatly benefit from the WiFi capability of the Connect, and I’m certain in no time at all we would see support for generic internet radio, including Shoutcast, and who knows, maybe even a browser!
Just my $0.02