05-27-2009 10:59 AM
Is it just me? There's no way I'd pay $40 for.... well... not sure exactly because this is all it says
"1,000 Rock songs featuring artists from the Billboard® charts including artists such as Anthrax, Beck, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Coldplay, Corrosion of Conformity, Counting Crows, Duran Duran, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Fall Out Boy, Heart, Korn, Live, Living Colour, Megadeth, No Doubt, Santana, Soundgarden, Squeeze, Steely Dan, System of a Down, Tears for Fears, The Killers, The Who and many more. It's great Rock music, made effortless."
"and many more...."????
$40 for random music? No track list, no complete artist list??
*Tip* to whoever markets these cards: Provide at the very least a COMPLETE artist list for each slotradio card.
Just trying to help.
4GB Red Fuze/16GB Card
05-27-2009 05:47 PM
Hey, I wouldn't knock it 'til you try it for yourself! The SlotRadio is like radio, except you don't have to wade through mindless announcements, irritating advertisements, and such...and you can pause the current song to enjoy later when interrupted.
If you've used the FM radio function, you don't have to worry about reorienting your noggin or the headphone cable to get a better signal either. There are plenty of genres on the card to suit your current mood.
For direct access of specific tracks, that's what the other functions of the Sansa are for: your favorites, available directly.
And at pennies a song, it's a very good deal. The tradeoff in accessibility is a simple one. Just think of radio, as the experience is different.
Oh, and the new logo looks cool.
05-27-2009 09:24 PM - edited 05-27-2009 09:24 PM
I think the part that makes it difficult to accept is that we're used to the music really being ours when its on our player - OK, its not really ours but we at least can decide what we want to listen to, and how and when. This is more like a radio, where you have no control over the music. That's understandable when its over the air, but very odd when the music is on your device but you have no say over song selection, play order, or anything other than genre.
Message Edited by bdb on 05-27-2009 09:24 PM
05-27-2009 11:25 PM
There should be a complete song list.
I don't like "country": I like George Strait, Dixie Chicks, Ryan Adams, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Wynonna.....and only certain songs by them.
I don't like "rock": I like Nirvana, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Def Leppard...and only certain songs by them.
I don't like "Hip-hop/R&B": I like Rihanna, Public Enemy, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Kanye West, Juelz Santana, etc....
"Pennies per song" is great. Pennies per bad song isn't worth it.
05-27-2009 11:47 PM
That's exactly my point. For the individual favorites, as in a few tracks per album, it's often better to purchase just those favorites, rather than an album that is full of fluff that isn't up to the same par as your favorite.
The SlotRadio card is surprising, I haven't been disappointed with "turkeys" in the mix. It's very similar to the Rhapsody Channels feature, if you stream a channel on the computer. Not that you have to use Rhapsody, Yahoo music had a similar venue too. The SR card was a real surprise the first time I scrolled through the menu.
I'm looking forward to future programming with classic jazz, for example. It's a great way to remember pieces I haven't heard in some time.
There's a virtual player here at SlotRadio. Try scrolling through some samples.
05-28-2009 09:51 AM
I could see the appeal to certain user groups...mainly people who do not understand or carte to spend time with file downloading, tagging and so forth. (insert your stereotype here) Believe it or not there are people out there who really like, or only might pay special attention to, several artists...they just don't care about specifics and just want "music to be on". It's a good solution. Some people may not even have a computer available for downloading or file storage and manipulation in conjunction with a standard mp3 player.
If you have technical know-how and interest, and care about specifics of music genres or artists, this is probably not a good fit for you.
I do question how much market there actually is out there though, especially with portable Slacker and Pandora devices.
05-29-2009 12:24 AM
Read these. Think of your mom. Think of your dad. Now, think of yourself loading music for them... It is precisely like radio, only without the chatter and the commercials. Effortless, with good curation.
And - even geek.com - http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/review-sandisk-slotradio-player-bundle-20090513/