September 19, 2006
Sandisk and Real take on iPod
Sandisk and RealNetworks are teaming up to challenge the iPod (who isn't?). Sandisk's new devices are going to be pre-loaded with music from Real's Rhapsody service. You can replace the songs if you want, and subscribers to the service get all sorts of perks. One thing Sandisk and Real are hoping to do with this is provide the hardware-software solution similar to the iPod and iTunes combo. Also, this provides one thing the iPod can't: the ability to move your media library easily and seamlessly from one device to another. Just pop out your SD card (Sandisk, of course!) and put it in another device. Voila! Try doing that with an iPod and it's proprietary digital rights management.