Let’s be realistic here. SanDisk designed the Fuze with the µSD High Capacity card when the cards were at a price point making a super high capacity combination cost-prohibitive.
Simply stated, a device listing at about $100 for the highest capacity unit would double in price with the projected cost of the 8GB card.
Production has made the price of these devices, both the players, and µSD cards, fall significantly. There’s a colossal market for the µSD cards in mobile phones and cameras, a far larger market than audio players, and we benefit from that.
SanDisk has passed the savings on to us in the new 4 and 8GB Fuzes, and we’ve all seen how reasonable the prices are.
We’re losing sight of the tremendous benefits afforded us in such a great sounding player, in such a small size, with quite impressive capacity both in data storage and hours of playback. Take one long look at how much you are really getting for the price. Most impressive.
I for one couldn’t in clear conscience accuse SanDisk of dropping the ball, they’ve simply uncorked the genie!
Nobody would have dared think we’d have such an affordable player with such capacity. These machines are no slouch either, they’re the first generation of DAPs to actually win the admiration of audiophiles. They’ve ruffled more than a few feathers.
The problem of the file lookup table was difficult to anticipate, as these machines were designed with a reasonable RAM capacity given the initial design parameters. The net price of the device had to be kept within reasonable limits, and this decision on SanDisk’s part has been to our collective benefit.
The flash memory of these machines gives us peace of mind, compared against mechanical hard drives. They’re robust little guys. And they’ll keep getting better, just wait and see.
Don’t lose sight of the fact that the Sansa gives you tremendous value for the money. By quality alone, they would be a deal at many times their current price.
Now get those earbuds back on and have a good listen!