So what exactly is this exciting new technology being billed by Sansa as “really really big” and “the revolution of music”? Oh, crap, it’s just slotMusic, aka the Ringles of 2008. Truth be told, we’ve got tons of respect for Sansa / Sandisk. Any company that can manage to convince major labels to sign on to a ridiculous new physical distribution model like this has some serious cojones. Or perhaps labels are just so terrified by all of the advancements currently taking place with internet-based music distribution that they would’ve jumped on board with anything that didn’t involve the internet. Anyway, if you’re excited about getting your hands on a microSD card with an album on it, you may also be excited about the fact that Sansa is now offering a dedicated slotMusic Player. We’re not joking. It’s $20 and it looks like someone sat on a can of soda and stuck a pair of headphones in one end. Super. We hear the next big thing in music distribution is going to be digital suppositories. Or has that one already been tried?
Say goodbye to those jewel-cased CDs and say hello to music-filled microSDs. Universal Music Group, SONY BMG, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music in conjunction with Sandisk, have announced a new audio distribution platform called “slotMusic”. With slotMusic, you will be able to buy a microSD card filled with DRM-free, 320Kbps MP3 files. No DRM means that the music can be played on any system that has a microSD slot. They are even bundle with a USB reader so you can use it on your desktop, laptop or any other device that has a USB port. So far Best Buy and Walmart have agreed to sell the new slotMusic cards which are expected to arrive in time for the upcoming holiday season. It almost seems too easy to have been put together by the record labels. Nonetheless, we applaud their move to a distribution platform that removes DRM and lets us listen to our music where we want, when we want and on whichever device we want. We only wish they would use something a bit bigger than those “easy-to-lose” microSD cards. We bet that many phones on eBay will accidentally come with an unexpected bonus slotMusic card installed. Chime in and let us know what you think of this new audio format. Any chance it might keep you away from Pirate Bay?