SanDisk wants to replace CDs

The death of the compact disk may be near, with flash memory developer SanDisk revealing it will develop new music albums on “micro-cards” ready to fit into mobile phones and mp3 players.

The death of the compact disk may be near, with flash memory developer SanDisk revealing it will develop new music albums on “micro-cards” ready to fit into mobile phones and mp3 players.

Teaming up with labels Sony BMG, EMI, Universal and Warner, the group will release albums on their “slotMusic” technology, and users will be free to copy music from the devices. Currently, other digital music sales carry copyright protection that prevents any copies from being made.

“SlotMusic offers consumers an immediate, tangible, and high quality alternative to CDs and digital delivery,” IDC broadband and new media analyst Danielle Levitas told news.com.au

“This year, more than 1.2 billion mobile phones will ship globally, outstripping portable media players by nearly an order of magnitude – and this trend is accelerating.”

SanDisk hopes to have its first slotMusic albums on sale before the end of the year.

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