The Wall Street Journal reports that flash memory maker SanDisk is poised to introduce an 8GB digital music player it hope will compete favorably against the iPod nano. The device is expected to sell for $250 — the same price as Apple’s 4GB iPod nano. SanDisk will also cut prices on other music players and will introduce a model for less than $100, according to the report.
The 8GB model will be a new addition to the Sansa e200 series, according to the report — the Sansa e280. The Sansa line is SanDisk’s flagship series of digital music players — they feature 1.8-inch TFT color screens and support for music, photo and video clip playback.
The Sansa e200 line touts Microsoft PlaysForSure support, for Microsoft DRM-equipped music services, but SanDisk’s players don’t work with files purchased from Apple’s iTunes Music Store, which use Apple’s FairPlay DRM technology instead.