SanDisk has reached a deal with all four major labels in order to introduce SlotMusic, high-quality, DRM-free music in MP3 format on microSD cards.
The cards will soon be made available with pre-loaded, high quality, DRM-free MP3 music of top artists from EMI Music, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group.
slotMusic cards enable consumers to simply insert the slotMusic card into their microSD-enabled mobile phone or MP3 player to hear the music without passwords, downloading or digital-rights management interfering with their personal use.
The cards will be made available at US retail stores initially, with European products set to follow. A complete list of available music will be published in future.
“slotMusic offers consumers an immediate, tangible, and high quality alternative to CDs and digital delivery,” said Danielle Levitas, vice president, Consumer, Broadband & New Media, IDC. “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.”
slotMusic cards will ship with a tiny USB sleeve which means they will work with all platforms – Windows, Linux and Mac.
The MP3-based music tracks will be played back at up to 320 kilobytes per second (kbps). The cards can hold songs, as well as liner notes, album art, videos, and other creative content that an artist may choose.