SanDisk Sansa Shaker For the Tots

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SanDisk will be hitting the younger generations with a new player dubbed the Shaker. The Shaker will feature a built-in speaker for untethered tune enjoyment. Additionally, there will be two headphone jacks for sharing your tracks with a friend. The players will come in one capacity, 512MB, but will feature an SD slot for additional storage. Navigation is controlled by white bands at the top and bottom of the player but also has an interactive “shake” feature.

The Shaker will come in blue and pink and will retail for a bit under $50$39.99. Look for it sometime next month.

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63 Comments

-PL-mike on April 13, 2007 7:26 PM

Its like a big shuffle…….lmao accept the iPod Shuffle doesnt have an ugly childish design, this looks like a toy for a toddler.

joe on April 13, 2007 7:45 PM

Love it!!! I will get one for every kid that I know…awesome design and great for the kids hands…The ipod shuffle is a POS…trust me, as are all Apple products.

seckzi on April 13, 2007 8:39 PM

I have to agree with mike here…

LOLATMIKE on April 13, 2007 10:34 PM

Uh, isn’t it FOR toddlers? Children?Mike seems to unable to read the title of the post.

MOO on April 13, 2007 11:03 PM

Thanks for pointing out the obvious mike

english on April 14, 2007 2:04 AM

I think SanDisk are limiting themselves in several areas with this player.1. By marketing it to toddlers is a silly mistake because many parents may be concerned with the sound from the player being fed directly into their undeveloped ear.2. 512MB is to to small, even with the upgradeable memory.To be honest I would rather just buy a Shuffle.and to Joe’s comment, have you got a Mac or ever used a Mac, because even though the iPod’s are POS’s, the Macintosh computer range is far superior to Windows (this comment will cause much controversy)

Aeioux Schemata on April 14, 2007 4:10 AM

How young are they pitching this?In my mind Children + Small objects (SD Card…) = Bad.

JDGAFFLIN on April 14, 2007 9:26 AM

I want one. Imagine the looks you would get shaking it to get to the next song..:D

kratonator on April 14, 2007 12:59 PM

Well if the kids like it then then the design shouldn’t be a problem. Remember, children like childish things.:D

Vinn on April 14, 2007 2:08 PM

Yeah, plus this thing’s gotta be bigger than a shuffle cause little kids can swallow that. Plus I don’t think I’d ever put an SD card in it (besides the fact that its small and kids can choke on it). I mean c’mon, 512mb is enough space for most toddlers or kids. And it does have a speaker, if you’re worried about your kids blowing out their ears at a young age. I would imagine that even with the earbuds, this thing can’t get very loud for that reason.

Jessica on April 14, 2007 4:01 PM

I’d have to say that i rather like the design. It’s marketed for children, it’s easy to carry in small hands, hence the hourglass shape, it contains an interactive feature which is a decent tool for learning hand coordination. The design also looks somewhat bulky, but with that shaking bit that it has, it’s probably to make the player more sturdy in the event of it being accidentally flung while in a room or such.The headphones don’t have to be used. It has an external speaker, which means it can be used just about anywhere while on the go.Also, the SD slot, they will be able to expand the player with out having to buy another one. How many parents already own SD cards for cameras? won’t even have to pick up a new one, and even if they did, they’ll be even cheaper by the time it becomes an issue.Personally I rather like this product. And since i work at circuit city, i’ll be looking forward to seeing when/if it arrives in our stores.

-PL-mike on April 14, 2007 4:49 PM

“Uh, isn’t it FOR toddlers? Children?Mike seems to unable to read the title of the post”Why would you give a toddler an MP3 player? They would definately mistake it for a toy and bash it against something…..I dont know what age group this is aimed for, but I would definately not give an MP3 to anyone under the age of 6.

a12ctic on April 14, 2007 10:26 PM

Yuppy parents will buy anything for their kids.

Tara on April 15, 2007 4:14 AM

The age of the child has nothing to do with how he or she will treat such a “toy” my children are 3,5,and 7. and the ones that take the best care of there things are the 3 and 5 year old. its just about personality.ive wanted to get mp3 players for them but they are all so expensive , especally when buying triplets. ive also worried about the players holding up to the inevetable drops.i like the price on this, and since its made FOR kids, reason would say that its a little bit sturdier.and no im not a yuppy:P im just a lower middle class gadget whore :) i love music and so do my kids.

LOLATMIKE on April 15, 2007 2:16 PM

Mike, it’s an argument you obviously lost.If you haven’t seen around cities, 9 year-olds are starting to carry cellphones.As the trend goes, technology will catch up to the younger ages and their interest. The MP3 player is designed so that the toddlers have something to take their attention. Thus the double headphone jacks? Share with a friend during a playday.

The Man on April 15, 2007 4:29 PM

Never buy shuffles or apple products, they are of the worst quality of any other company. Look around and you will find out how bad ipods, shuffles, and apple computers really are…Apple does in fact have a good “spin” on sales and marketing, and have a solid following of sheeple buying their rubbish. That’s about it.This Sansa Shaker player seems like a great idea though…I can’t wait to try it out.

Dan on April 15, 2007 4:45 PM

Kinda reminds me of those Cow shakers that when you flip them over, they moo

jo on April 15, 2007 4:46 PM

i want one… and i’m 21 years old.i wish it had some kid of menu screen though. do you just have to remember what order the songs are in? or spend forever searching for them?still, i like the simple design. and the great price!

Spencer on April 16, 2007 12:50 AM

i want to shake it

jp on April 16, 2007 3:40 AM

so is the shake feature just another word for shuffle – so you shake to shuffle? or might the little gizmo actually be shake-powered? you know… like those flashlights? no batteries.

marky mark on April 16, 2007 11:43 AM

“i wish it had some kid of menu screen though. do you just have to remember what order the songs are in? or spend forever searching for them?”it’s designed for toddlers. if you wish it has a screen then i wish my 4 year old brother can read the titles. :lol: songs are arranged according to artists (if ID3 tag is present).”so is the shake feature just another word for shuffle – so you shake to shuffle? or might the little gizmo actually be shake-powered? you know… like those flashlights? no batteries.”no batteries? then you will have to shake it the whole time it is playing a song. :lol:

shake me on April 16, 2007 11:56 AM

when i’m shaking it, do i have to use left or right hand?

sansaboi on April 16, 2007 6:30 PM

i think the problem with the old ipod shuffle was that kids started chewing on it. I dont think anyone would chew this thing…

Frogger on April 18, 2007 12:02 PM

I’ve seen and played with these players and heres some points I’d like to point out that some of the previous posts haven’t talked aboutThey are marketed directly to children.You can skip to the next song by twisting the bottom white ring.The shaking does act as a shuffle feature.When you shake it, it makes a little shaking sound (actually close to the loading of a shotgun on video games)When you take out the SD card while playing a song on the player it makes the funniest “Uh-Oh” sound in the world.They will launch w/ blue, pink, red, silver, and black. Plenty of different colors for children.The external speaker can get rather loud.It takes one AAA Battery. (can’t remember batt. life spec right now)It is launched w/ a 512 MB card, NO internal memory.It acts as a flash drive, showing up as removable disk in the computer… MSC mode only.After it’s inital launch, they will be releasing a second wave with larger capacity cards. (can’t remember the largest capacity spec right now)Also… they’re fun to roll around… =)

Thomas on April 18, 2007 12:20 PM

There is not internal memory. Initial colors are only Pink and Blue.

James Mc on April 21, 2007 4:45 PM

Well dang. I like it. Maybe it will outlast the ipod i had =D! (iPod lasted a year and then went dead. babied it too…>.> )I just wish it didn’t have all the goofy childish sounds when you shake it, people might stare a bit at that. Maybe that could be changed some how perhaps.

Jen on April 22, 2007 9:15 AM

omg how can you not want one. :OI’m 16 and I want one. I was gonna get the orange shuffle but I think I’m just gonna wait for this. It’s such a cool idea–> An MP3 called the Shaker that looks like a salt shaker.Now that’s NEAT

Keith Wright on April 25, 2007 11:02 AM

I think Sandisk is doing a good job putting out very inexpensive players. The SD / mini-SD they are including in almost every player gives you a way to excuse the small capacity and the looks are pretty decent. And now they are putting out decent players for under $100. For grown ups, you can look at the Sansa express for $60.

Frogger on April 27, 2007 1:37 PM

The SanDisk Express communicates only in MTP mode, just a quick reminder, and the Shaker is exclusivly MSC basically a Cruzer Companion on steriods.

muffinzrock on April 28, 2007 11:06 PM

i like how SanDisk likes to do their own thing and make unique players like this one. Apple just makes all their players look exactly the same, with the stupid touchwheel and center button.:)

Ben on April 29, 2007 1:43 AM

It’s too childishOnly fit for 3 year old childIf anyone shakes this “hard” on the street to get the song,imagine how childish that person will look.Anyway, I really don’t get giving “$39.99 mp3 player” to a 3-year old toddler.

M W on April 29, 2007 12:29 PM

this player doesnt look bad.SanDisk keep fighting apple, im with you, my e250 toowww.mininova.wordpress.com

daron on May 18, 2007 5:19 PM

This is a stupid design. How many songs are kids gonna listen to? maybe 1 or 2 barney songs? Complete waiste of innovation. Its just a gimmick for soccer moms.

shakerhater on May 19, 2007 7:27 PM

I agree with daron! what is my 3 year old gonna listen to? 5 songs? i’m paying 40 dollars for a mp3 player that holds 120 songs that will be useless!

jaygee on May 20, 2007 12:54 PM

think slightly older than 3 – my son listens to tons of “kids” songs and sometimes still likes to push the CDs cross the wood floor……

shakerhater on May 20, 2007 4:52 PM

hello! jaygee, it was invented for 3 year olds!

mikeiswrong on May 20, 2007 5:03 PM

mike is obviously wrong! “this looks like a toy for a toddler.” Hello? Isn’t a mp3 player for a toddler? Another thing mike, A kid con’t play with a shuffle!!!!

Lux on May 31, 2007 10:31 PM

The infantile sample songs on the unit notwithstanding, this is not marketed to toddlers – there seems to be some confusion of what constitutes a “toddler”. Toddlers are children 2-3 years old that can walk (get it? Toddle? “Toddlers”?) but are not yet pre-schoolers. They will become pre-schoolers, then kindergartners, and then the group targeted by this product. Look at the packaging – the kids are 7-9 years old, NOT toddlers. My personal opinion is it would be nuts to give a 3-year old anything with earphones/ear-buds. My eight-year-old daughter, however, is perfectly suited to this player and absolutely loves it. I looked at the shuffle, and its delicate, teeny-tiny form factor was a dead turn-off; it would be lost a dozen times a day to eventually never be seen again. Ooops! There goes a cool $100! The Shaker is built to be shook, so it can withstand the treatment a child will give it, and it is large enough to stand a reasonable chance of not getting lost. The integrated external speaker is an excellent unique feature that allows your child to enjoy untethered entertainment, and easily share the music. There are also dual headphone jacks if two kids want to share it privately. The memory capacity is fine, not many 7-9 year old kids have a vast library of music, and fewer still need to burn enough to overwhelm the standard memory. Again, confusion here on who this is targeted to – not adults that might actually have large libraries they want to make portable. And no, the kids actually targeted by this product want to listen to the tons of music focused at them, not Barney. My daughter personally loves the old novelty stuff like “Beep-Beep” and “The Martian Hop” and appropriate newer pop songs. My only complaint: it has started randomly skipping in the middle of songs and repeating others. I am taking it back though to exchange for another.

haterofshakerhater on June 5, 2007 12:56 AM

this is not targeted to 3 year olds, but more to 7-10 year old kids. more for tweens than anything.

SimianExpress on June 9, 2007 1:45 PM

My mother bought my daughter a Creative Nano when she was three and we got a speaker to plug it into and she learned how to use it. Unfortunatly it was only 512 and we were uable to add any other music to it. I just bought her the Shaker two days ago and I got her a 2G card and put all the music that she likes on it. It took her a couple hours to master the use of this player and now she doesn’t have to use a speaker because this has one already. As the parent of a 4 year old music lover, I think this is great for small children even though the packaging notes it is for older children.

SimianExpress on June 9, 2007 1:45 PM

My mother bought my daughter a Creative Nano when she was three and we got a speaker to plug it into and she learned how to use it. Unfortunatly it was only 512 and we were uable to add any other music to it. I just bought her the Shaker two days ago and I got her a 2G card and put all the music that she likes on it. It took her a couple hours to master the use of this player and now she doesn’t have to use a speaker because this has one already. As the parent of a 4 year old music lover, I think this is great for small children even though the packaging notes it is for older children.

silentpyjamas on June 10, 2007 1:32 AM

SimianExpress is my sister and i can verify that 512 is definitely *not* enough for my niece. at my home we are music lovers and my sister and i have vast collection of all types of music. my niece’s musical tastes do not run to barney. she loves some kids’ songs, but she is more appreciative of what she calls “grown-up music.” by the age of 2 she already had a playlist which has grown enormous at this point. give people more credit when it comes to knowing their children! my niece, at 4 years old, can sing along to the hungarian language soundtrack to phantom of the opera. she is wild for mariachi music and she appreciates enya, elvis (presley and costello), and mark isham with equal regard. perhaps if more parents exposed their children to something besides childrens’ songs and pop music there would be more children in the world that could think mozart and wagner are “sweet.” i’d say this player is for someone whose child has a great love for music and who knows their child will make real use of it instead of throwing it around or losing it.

steve on June 10, 2007 6:09 PM

how do i convert my music on my computer, that is in mp4 or wma to mp3 for the shaker?

silentpyjamas on June 12, 2007 5:04 AM

you need to find a converter. i will look for a good one in the next few days and post by the weekend :) .

N.O.Y.B. on June 12, 2007 1:11 PM

i love it i just can’t figure out how to put my music on it so can someone that comments this page can you put up a comment on how to put my music on it AND SOON, PLEASE????? and thanks

Shaker on July 12, 2007 5:51 PM

Shaker dont have internal memory..Wrong Review..Memory is only the sd card..

Zara on August 9, 2007 9:03 PM

i just bought one and im 16 years young they are as good as ipods and you dont have to pay as much as ipods well they are cool

Kat on September 16, 2007 4:05 PM

I own one, and its awesome! I’ve never had a problem with the whole song limit thing. If I wanted more music, I’ll buy a bigger card. Its so cute. Every time someone sees it they’re like “WTF IS THAT OMIGOSH AWESOME”. I’m 15. This thing is childish, cute, functional, easy to use, no stupid software required and AWESOME. Great for 6-10 year olds and anyone older with confidence.=D

aurelio on October 24, 2007 12:59 PM

My son is not even 3 years old, and I can see him being able to handle a player like this very easily. He would not try to eat a memory card, although he will eat an old cheerio if he found it between the sofa cushions. I would not be at all concerned about his “undeveloped ears” since the player has a built in speaker. My son would hate it if you stuck something inside his ears anyway and he is very protective of his hearing. It’s usually teens and adults who are rebellious enough to listen to music loud enough to hurt.I think sandisk made a product I’ve been dreaming about for a long time.

Ryu-san on November 3, 2007 5:07 PM

I would think its for kids who know what a mp3 player is i dont think that its aimed for like real young toddlers. id say that the age group would be from maybe 5 and up. Even though im 16 id get that XD

shkerlvr4ever on November 7, 2007 3:00 PM

i love it and my bff has one and loves it i want the pink one so there mike shove it

santamom on November 28, 2007 3:41 PM

i have an ipod and want to get this shaker for my 7yr old son for xmas. does this hook up to the charger that i use for my ipod? i think the space limit is fine as long as i can change the playlist whenever he wants.

shakerlover**** on December 14, 2007 5:42 PM

idk but i love the shaker and think that it rocks so i guess that mike is pretty hated around this site sorry mike but ur a jerk the shaker rocks!!!!!

Jeff V. on December 25, 2007 10:51 PM

It’s not for toddlers, it’s for children 8+. I wasn’t thrilled with the earbud idea for kids though so I bought a cheap pair of standard headphones for my son’s private listening (and it has the speaker for other times).For its target market? My son thinks it’s great. Easy to use and the lack of features doesn’t mean a thing to him. For me, it’s nice not to worry about him with a $100+ MP3 player to scratch up or lose. I also like the fact that it runs on standard AAA batteries.

northsnowbal on January 20, 2008 8:15 PM

I have a problem with mine. When ever i am listening to one song it goes to another song and i do not make it change songs. Like it will be in the middle of a song and then changes by it self….why?

SirAwesomeDad on February 11, 2008 3:29 PM

This actually is great for toddlers. My 4-year-old loves the one I got him for xmas. I agree with those who have concerns about earbuds. I chucked them and gave him an old set of over-the-ear headphones which he uses sometimes but mainly he uses the internal speaker. It’s his favorite and most used xmas gift from last year. I have 2 NiMH AAA batteries that I cycle out for him every day or every other day. All-in-all it’s a great purchase for a kid who likes music.

Rawbot on March 15, 2008 1:05 AM

My son listens to this player since he turned 18 month. It’s his favorite toy so far, He almost 2 year old now. And He can operate this thing on his own. We started with the kids songs, but then I’ve put a bunch of fairytales and poetry on it, and He listens to them at bedtime.Actually we are on the second unit now, lost first one, but couldn’t live without it :)

Kimbo on May 27, 2008 4:53 PM

I personally like the one from SweetPea toys better http://www.sweetpeatoyco.com. It’s great for kids because it has a display so they can remember the song number of their favorites plus it has a bunch of child centric features like auto off and parental volume controls.

devlin on November 22, 2008 10:07 PM

OK EVERY1 STOP RIGHT THERE im 11 stop sayin what kids like and dont if u dont like it thats your opinons (ughh its like talking to a 5 year old … stupid head grownups) because me and ALL either want one have one or think there kewl so effin back off

A.A. on December 5, 2008 4:42 PM

Great to see a MP3 player aimed at the kid’s market-ditch the supplied earbuds though, and get one of Philips SHK series headphones (has a volume limiting feature-ideal for kids) to go with it.I’ve seen this as low in retail stores as AUD$25 here in Australia.I’d get one as I do like the shape of the Shaker-easy to hold and runs on easily replace alkaline batteries .

molly on December 17, 2008 5:22 AM

the problem with it is that its with a battery, and that it doesnt last for more than 3 hours!(i have 1)

Jeanette on December 30, 2008 6:08 PM

My 7 year old daughter received one for Christmas and LOVES it! She can shake it and here the different songs, (Something that usually a kid can’t do with an MP3 player, but they want to!>:)) It is also great that it can be charged by using the USB cord, (I do that for her). She is so excited to have her own MP3 player. The design isn’t so much childish as it is unintimidating for a younger kid.:)

where is Mike? on October 8, 2009 4:15 PM

I was reading all the comments and noticed everyone talking about mike and how wrong he is…but I never saw a comment from him!ahhhh! I want to participate too… :( ahahahha

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