slotMusic skeptic: do we really need a new format?

slotmusic SanDisk announced yesterday that they would be introducing a new music format to the masses, music on SD Cards. They call this slotMusic. Apparently, they are trying to replace the Compact Disc. Really.

The slotMusic card will be 1GB capacity and will contain 320 kbps DRM-free MP3s. Liner notes, album artwork, videos, and ‘other creative content’ will also be included. They will cost between $7 and $15 and will be sold in major retail locations, such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, EMI, and Warner Music Group have already chosen albums to be released on this format in the coming months.


slotMusic cards enable consumers to instantly and easily enjoy music from their favorite artists without being dependent on a PC or internet connection. Users simply insert the slotMusic card into their microSD-enabled mobile phone or MP3 player to hear the music – without passwords, downloading or digital-rights-management interfering with their personal use.

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