My son is a big music fan. He tends to listen to everything from Toby Mac to Pink Floyd and a ton of stuff in between. I’ve even found him listening to the music on the local Spanish station. Most of his eclectic tastes come from the fact that my husband and I have musical tastes on opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Sure, we do like some of the same stuff, but it’s few and far between.
Recently my son has begun asking for an MP3 player of his own. Given the choice, he’d rather just listen to CD’s but that doesn’t always work with what the rest of the family is doing. And at almost 7 years old, I think he’s ready for his own player.
Enter the SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ MP3 Player.
Your media on the go – your way!
The Sansa® Fuze™+ MP3 player gives you more player for less money. From its sleek and thin styling to its invisible touch control, the Sansa Fuze+ MP3 player delivers a great user experience and lets you do more than just play music files. Add a blank microSD™ card to expand your own music library or an optional slotRadio™ card for an instant library of songs – even listen to FM radio with the ability to record stations or record your voice with the built-in mic. Sansa Fuze+ MP3 player is the newest in a long line of award-winning players from the inventor of flash memory cards.
- Capacities**: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB
- 2.4″ bright QVGA screen (320 x 240, 30 FPS) LCD screen
- Audio formats: MP3, WMA, Secure WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, Audible, Podcasts
- Video formats: MPEG-4***, H.264, WMV and Flip Video™***
- Photo formats: JPEG and BMP; photo formats can be further extended with Sansa Media Converter PC software download?, enabling TIFF, GIF, and PNG formats
- Digital FM Tuner with record functions
- Rechargeable battery lasts up to 24 hours for audio playback and 5 hours of video playback†
- Hi-speed micro-USB 2.0 port
- Expandable microSDTM card slot and microSDHCTM card slot
- Ready for slotRadio™ & slotMusic™ memory cards
- Sleek industrial design with “invisible” capacitive touch control and highly intuitive graphical user interface
We received the 4GB Sansa Fuze+ in red and a VH-1 classic slotRadio card filled with 1,000 songs.
The first thing I noticed about the Sansa Fuze+ was the size. It is a great size and has a fairly large screen. The screen is vibrant and everything is crisp and clear and bright. I didn’t actually play any videos but based upon what I saw they will play beautifully. I like that the player is not too small, especially since I am giving it to my son. Less likely to get lost!
The Rhapsody software was easy to install and it was easy to figure out how to load CD music onto the Fuze+ and how to buy music from the store. I’m still trying to figure out the navigation and how to create playlists and stuff on the MP3 player itself, but Jake a genius about figuring that stuff out so I’m not too worried.
The Sansa Fuze+ also sounds great. I listened to some of the music I added on it and it had a nice rich, clear sound.
The other feature of the Sansa Fuze+ that I know my son will love is the built-in FM radio and recorder. Like I mentioned, he loves listening to music and having the FM radio will allow him to explore different types of music. And the recorder will let him record the radio or his own voice, which is just great fun!
I mentioned too that we also receives a slotRadio card to use with the SanDisk Sansa Fuze+.
Each SanDisk® slotRadio™ card includes 1,000 songs featuring artists from the Billboard® charts. Songs are preloaded onto a tiny card with handcrafted playlists that include hundreds of artists. Like a FM radio experience, you can lean back and let slotRadio do the heavy-lifting so you don’t have to download music song-by-song. Songs are played in sequence and are locked to the card. You can skip individual songs as many times as you like, or switch between playlists with a touch of a button. Simply insert a slotRadio™ card into the slotRadio player and enjoy music in an instant. It’s great music made effortless.
SanDisk® slotRadio™ Card – VH1-Classic – 1000 Songs
1000 songs pre-arranged into 7 handcrafted playlists including artists such as the Beastie Boys, Blondie, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Counting Crows, David Bowie, Earth Wind and Fire, Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Janet Jackson, John Mellencamp, No Doubt, Pat Benatar, Paula Abdul, REO Speedwagon, Simple Minds, Soundgarden, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Wonder, The Police, The Rolling Stones, The Who, U2, Whitney Houston and many more artists.
I LOVE the idea of the slotRadio Card. It expands the storage capabilities of the player and also allows you to have different playlists depending upon your mood. Just insert the card that suits you! They have a variety of different cards with different types of music, even Christmas music!
By the way, I just had an argument with myself over whether or not I should keep the SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ for myself….hmmmm…
I really do think my son is going to love this player, and the expandability and extra features make it a great gift idea! You can purchase the Sansa Fuze+ at Amazon.com. The 4GB version is around $75.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of SanDisk and received the SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ and VH1 slotRadio Card to facilitate my review.