SanDisk launches $50 Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player, makes for a cheap workout date

If you've been working out with help from tunes on your Sansa Clip MP3 player or Sansa Clip+, chances are you've gotten a bit trimmer -- and you're not the only one. SanDisk's launched a thinner and upgraded version of its song slinger, the Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player. The newest incarnation plays all standard major music formats, comes in red, blue, black, orange, white, grey and purple, and has 4GB or 8GB worth of storage with room for more via microSD. It's launching in Europe next month, but is currently available in both the US and Canada for $50 and $70 depending upon how many jams you want it to hold. Thanks to its massive 1.1-inch display, the Clip claims 15 hours of battery life, which should be just enough time to keep up with your daily workouts, right? Jog on over to the full PR after the break.

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SanDisk Introduces Sansa(R) Clip Zip(TM) MP3 Player
Stylish, Feature-Rich Player Delivers Affordable On-The-Go Music Experience

MILPITAS, Calif., Aug 24, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Packed with features, including a larger color screen, compatibility with all major music formats, a stopwatch, an FM radio, voice recording capability and a microSDHC(TM) card slot for extra storage

--Successor to one of the best-selling sub-$50 MP3 players in the United States

--Available now in the United States and Canada; coming soon to Europe

SanDiskCorporation /quotes/zigman/54370/quotes/nls/sndk SNDK +0.87% , a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today introduced the Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player, the latest addition to the popular Sansa(R) Clip family. The Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player is perfect for active music fans looking for a feature-rich, easy-to-use player at a great value.

"The Sansa Clip family ranks among the most popular sub-$50 MP3 players in the United States, and now we've made it even better," said Tom Bailey, senior director, AV retail, SanDisk. "Our tiny Sansa Clip Zip packs big features that few other MP3 players in its class can match."

Major Music Enjoyment

The Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player offers rich sound quality and is compatible with all major music formats, including the AAC codec (DRM-free iTunes compatible). The player's new 1.1-inch LCD color screen offers 83 percent more viewing area than previous models. Its updated graphical interface displays album art and makes it easier than ever for consumers to navigate songs.

Features for Consumers

The Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player offers extra features that consumers want in an MP3 player, including:

-- microSDHC card slot lets consumers instantly expand the player's storage capacity--up to 32 additional gigabytes(2) (a maximum of 8,000(3) songs total between the internal and external memory).

-- Easy compatibility with all major music, audio book and podcast formats, including MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, AAC and Audible files.

-- Optimized for use with Rhapsody, eMusic and Napster music services.

-- More colors--red, blue, black, orange, white, grey and purple.

Reliable Workout Partner

The Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player includes a new stopwatch for timing laps and an FM radio for tuning into stations at the gym or on the go. Thinner and lighter than before, the player weighs a little more than half an ounce (15.8 grams) and is about the same size as a matchbox (2.25 x 1.42 x 0.58 inches). The compact player features a durable design that is perfect for hands-free listening.

Convenient Travel Companion

With up to 15 hours of battery life(1), the Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player lets consumers enjoy music during long trips away from home while conserving their phone or tablet's battery. The player slips easily into any piece of luggage or clipped onto a piece of clothing. It includes a built-in microphone with voice recording capabilities and uses a micro-USB connector, the popular charger used for many mobile devices today--so travelers can pack one less cable.

Pricing and Availability

The Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player comes in capacities of 4GB (storing up to 1,000 songs(3)) and 8GB (storing up to 2,000 songs(3)), carrying MSRPs of $49.99 and $69.99. The player is available now in the United States and Canada, and will reach Europe next month.