SanDisk touts highest capacity flash MP3 player

— 3:35 PM on August 21, 2006

Determined to give Apple a run for its money, the MP3 player team over at SanDisk has cooked up a new flash-based player that can store more than twice as much as Apple's top-of-the-line iPod nano. When it ships early next month, the Sansa e280 will gobble up to 8GB of music with room for an extra 2GB via an included microSD card slot. Among the e280's other features will be a 1.8" TFT display, built-in FM tuner, voice recorder, and a claimed maximum 20 hours of battery life. Surprisingly, the player will launch with a price tag of $249.99, the same as Apple's 4GB iPod nano.

To make room for the e280's introduction, SanDisk has already cut the prices of its other Sansa e200-series players: the 6GB e270 model is now listed at $219.99, the 4GB e260 is at $179.99 (and even less if you know where to look,) while the 2GB e250 is now a scant $139.99.

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