They should have called the Sansa, the Salsa… because it has tons of Salsa. Yesterday I was one of the lucky persons to be able to play with a Sansa, because FON and the designers of the Sansa Zing have teamed up.

Zing was founded by Tim Bucher. Tim is the salsero of the Sansa. No wonder since he went all the way from being a DJ in High School to being a top designer at Apple where he was a key developer of the iPhone, another product that is full of salsa and that instead of being called the iPhone, cause Cisco owns the trademark should have been called the iSalsa. After playing with the Sansa I believe that there will be a real fight between the Sansa and the iPod. The only element in which the iPod clearly beats the Sansa is in memory. Other than that, the Sansa experience is Endgaget says “a solid alternative to the iPod” (read all the review as Endgadget is a solid alternative to my blog).

So what are we going to do with Zing? The same thing we are doing with the Skype phone (should I say the Skypefon) and that is to bundle the Skype WiFi phone with the Fonera, so when you have a Sansa you can listen to it not only through your WiFi, but through the WiFi all the other FONeros cause at FON, you scratch my back and I scratch yours….all this while you listen to Salsa, in your Sansa (btw, Sergio Mendes, as reinterpreted by the Black Eyed Peas, also has a lot of Salsa).

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gustaf on January 12, 2007  · 

hey, are you in san francisco? i think I just saw you walking and talking into a nokia phone in SOMA. i could have been wrong though.

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kenji mori on January 13, 2007  · 

I wonder it will work in Japan, too ? (maybe i should read endgadget.)

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Javier on January 13, 2007  · 

Sounds really great Martin. I am an apple user trying always not to become a fanboy. So i am always glad of the existence of a “solid alternative to ipod”. But i really found disgusting the antiapple smell that usally comes from Tim Bucher. I am (in the present day) an Ipod nano user. And I were a third gen ipod user in the past. And I still feel offended by the Idon´t Sansa Campaign. I still feel hurt by the fact that they compared me (and all of the apple users) with a sheep, presenting the idea that all the people who enjoys ipod, enjoys it just because the market tolds them to do so. I really don´t know if Tim is a genius. But even assuming so, I don´t think he can afford to say that i am a fucking idiot just because i enjoy ipod nano. I still prefer design mistakes, version 1.0 errors and things like that rather than a spit in my eye.

I really hope this attitude has changed, and that Fon wouldn´t be stained in the near future by this anti-anything attitude that Tim usually carries.

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Martin Varsavsky on January 14, 2007  · 


I had not seen that campaign, but I see your point. In any case I wouldn´t get offended, you should see the stuff people write in my blog in Spanish!

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Martin Varsavsky on January 14, 2007  · 


Yes, could be me….

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Bernard on January 16, 2007  · 

It seems that the expandability of Wifi is unpredictable !!!

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