Sansa’s taking another swipe at the iSheep. This one’s the $250 Sansa Connect, with a sub-moniker of ‘internet radio’. But while it’s your basic MP3 player on the surface (4GB capacity), it sets itself apart with (a) built-in WiFi (b) free or subscription-based (your choice) access to Yahoo’s music service. Naturally, you need a wireless Internet connection to make this work as well as a valid Yahoo ID, but if you’ve got those this thing will manage local and online music caches, do the Internet radio thing and not just off of Yahoo’s site, plus it’s got a 2.2-inch color screen that’ll let you do photo shows off of sites like Flikr. Should be able to download movies this way as well.
I’ve never used Yahoo’s music service, so I can’t comment on that vs. iTunes, but on paper the Sansa Connect sure looks compelling against the iPod. And if I can use that WiFi deal to create an ad hoc connection to another Sansa Connect and transfer songs that way, then we’ve got a real winner over the Zune and that ridiculous ‘squirt’ thing they’re always hyping. That’s wireless song transfer, too, but it’s proprietary and forces mandatory DRM. Means that songs you’ve received from another Zune timeout after you listen to them three times unless you purchase them.