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SanDisk unveils docking station, "made for Sansa" license programcomment: 32 | Monday, September 04 (2006) 08:02AM | Posted by Lone
In an effort to improve upon their 2nd place position in the DAP market, SanDisk sat down with a group of companies best known for making iPod accesssories. The result: the new "made for Sansa" licensing program. Much like Apple's equivalent "made for iPod" program, manufacturers can design accessories officially licensed by SanDisk. Said manufacturers have already gotten busy, with roughly 40 products available by Q4 2006.
Companies represented in this initial group of accessory manufacturers are Altec Lansing, DLO (Digital Lifestyle Outfitters), Griffin Technology, HandStands, Macally Peripherals, Maximo Products and Speck Products. Many items will be available in the fourth quarter of this year, in time for the holiday shopping season.
Accessories offered under the “Made for Sansa” license program include:
• Portable stereo speakers from Altec Lansing and Macally Peripherals.
• Travel cases and armband holders from DLO, Griffin Technology, HandStands and Speck Products.
• Wireless headphones from Macally Peripherals and wired earphones from Maximo Products.
• FM transmitters for playback through automobile sound systems from DLO, Griffin Technology and Maximo Products.
• USB cables, chargers, adapters and other peripherals from Griffin Technology, Macally Peripherals and Maximo Products.
This seems to be the first serious effort at wooing 3rd party accessory makers from Apple (though we expect the Microsoft Zune to go after that market as well), and there are a few impressive accessories in the first bunch. If many of these items can get placement next to their iPod equivalents in brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy, it could go a long way toward getting the 'Sansa' name in more people's minds.
Accessory List | Press Release via AnythingButiPod
And this was just 3rd party stuff. SanDisk also went ahead and fashioned a nifty dock themselves, calling it the "Base Station."
The Base Station works with the c200 and e200 series of players, providing line output, easy USB connectivity with a PC, and a bundled IR remote supporting basic playback functions (play/pause, next/prev, volume control). It should be available in October at $ 70 MSRP.
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