The cards will ship with a sleeve so they can be readily used with computers. This makes a ton of sense as the i-devices (such as iPod) don't have microSD (or any SD) slots. We would assume the slotMusic cards will be usable with other slots such as miniSD and SD, with an adapter, though it is not made clear on the official site.
Still, the big question, even for a format as small as this (fingernail-sized, for those who've never seen it) is: can you draw consumers to a new physical format in the age of the download? And what will the pricing be? According to the
NY Times, one executive said it will be in the $7 - 10 range, which would be a bargain if you look at the pricing for 1 GB microSD cards at Amazon.com, and add in the music. You can always erase the cards and use them separately, after all.
And finally, how does this affect the apparent buyout interest in the company from others such as Toshiba and Samsung? We may yet see, as the holiday season starts up.
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