Sony preparing nano-competitor?
According to several news-blurbs
(linked: heise.de in German with links to Asian sites), Samsung is delivering large amounts of NAND flash memory to Sony (even more than to Apple) for use in an MP3 player.
While this is not directly an imminent threat for iPod nano sales, let's not forget that Sony can
make nice designs, and a large part of the iPod nano's success is thanks to the use of NAND flash memory, which lets it be the size of a flash memory player (which it is), but with storage of a small harddrive-based player.
The technology will be even more important once the chips come as 8 GB parts to enable 16 and 32 GB players sometime in 2006.