The partnership pairs SanDisk’s wireless MP3 player with both free and subscription-based services from Yahoo, allowing consumers to access their music, photos and friends directly from the player.
The flash-based Sansa Connect MP3 player is embedded with several Yahoo features that can be accessed from the menu when the player is connected to an open Wi-Fi connection.
Owners with a Yahoo ID can listen to LAUNCHcast Internet radio, browse Flickr sets and photos, and see what their Yahoo Messenger friends and other Sansa Connect owners nearby are listening to.
Users with a Yahoo Music Unlimited To Go subscription are also able to download music, as well as listen to or download tracks their friends are listening to or have recommended.
"The Sansa Connect is a new breed of music player,” said Daniel Schreiber, senior vice president and general manager for SanDisk’s Audio Video Business Unit.
"It untethers consumers from their computers, and allows them to get new music and share their recommendations anytime, anywhere, over an open wireless internet network."
The 4GB Sansa Connect features a 2.2-inch TFT colour screen, a microSD slot and an internal speaker.
When the player is not connected to a network, it behaves like a traditional flash-based unit and can be connected to a PC to transfer files to and from the device.
The Sansa Connect is now available in the US at a suggested retail price of $250, but SanDisk currently have no plans to bring the device to Europe.
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