SanDisk SlotMusic Bows at a Disappointing $15

Tunes-on-a-chip idea holds promise, but price will stifle uptake.

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SanDisk has launched its slotMusic tunes on a chip. The 1GB cards come preloaded with an album and extras in what I think is an intriguing offer to fill underused music players on phones.

But the suggested price of $15 could strangle the new medium.

SanDisk points out that the memory card can be reused once the music is copied over. Each card comes with a small USB adapter that alone is worth $10.

Still, it's about the music, and that's too much for MP3 tunes.