People have loved the SanDisk Sansa line of players lately for its good storage size, small body and decent features, but how well does their new e200R player work with the Rhapsody music service? Pretty darn well. Their closed-loop infrastructure that matches iPod + iTunes or Zune + Zune Marketplace works pretty straightforwardly.
So what’s the difference between this model and the non-Rhapsody model? Well, there’s sharper text and menu options, and a new Rhapsody Channels option in the menu. The Rhapsody Channels are a set of playlists/tracks that give you some pre-set songs, which may or may not be your thing – but it’s nice that it’s there.
Some other differences: star ratings, embedded artist info, a dot that shows you whether your subscription tracks are licensed and refreshed, have 10 days left, or your subscription has expired. Every time you sync with your computer the subscription gets refreshed by 30 days.
Everything else seems to be about the same – and that’s good news.