10-01-2016 09:15 AM
If my Sansa Clip is connected to my computer and charging via the usb, is it possible to still play music with it, or do I have to unplug it?
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10-02-2016 06:14 AM - edited 10-02-2016 06:34 AM
No, you will have to unplug it.
When you connect the Clip to your computer it will mount the file system on the player and get exclusive access to it. Thus it will no longer be possible for the Clip itself to play music.
It is however possible to buy a charge-only USB cable (a cable without the data pins connected). With such a cable it will be possible to play music on the player even if it's charging through the computer. It is not possible to transfer files with this cable though.
Another option is to charge with a AC-USB charger instead.
10-02-2016 07:43 PM
Exactly. And a third option, which people never seem to want to use, or overlook: when the Clip is attached to the PC with a regular data/power USB cable, simply play the music using a player on your PC, such as Windows Media Player--the player can play the files on the Clip.
12-03-2016 11:36 AM
Yes. I assume you mean charging on your computer.
Connect the player to the computer via the USB cable. Update, sync, transfer files if you wish.
In Windows Explorer, right click on the folder for the Clip and select eject. It will no longer be available for transferring files but it will continue to charge and switch into user mode so you can play music. (I have the Clip Jam).
12-04-2016 09:13 PM
Interesting--here's a permutation I haven't heard of before. Thanks! Will have to check it out--