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SanDisk Guru
Posts: 8,152
Registered: ‎12-11-2007

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread

+1. Having had some audiobook issues this morning and needing to try transferring content repeatedly to the player, I am very tired of refresh delays today, with a 16GB microSD card installed . . . .
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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎09-05-2011

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread

JK 98,

Rockbox has a great interface for speed control.  Hold down the play button and the speed interface comes up.  Then it's right for faster, left for slower, up for increase the pitch, and down for decrease the pitch.  Increasing the speed doesn't increase the pitch, so you'd need to both increase the speed and the pitch seperately in order to go chipmunk, although I suppose increasing the pitch without the speed would also make a very nice chipmunk voice.  Then tap the power button and you go back to the playback screen.  

 

The player can be configured to start playing where you left off upon powering it on, and you can set it to automatically start some set amount of time before you left off, say 15 seconds, to get you caught up with where you were.  This is where it gets annoying though.  Once you have created a bookmark in any of the mp3s in a book it will automatically bookmark the book when the power is turned off, but the player doesn't start playing from the last bookmark, it just starts playing the file, and the speed settings you were using are kept in the bookmark rather than as a setting for the player, so you have to find the bookmark and play it or adjust the speed every time you turn on the player to get back your speed setting.

 

One other handy feature for audio books is that you can set it up so that hitting the fast forward or reverse buttons will move you forward or back by a fixed amount of time that you set (15 seconds in my case).  Unfortunately, it applies to everything, not just audiobooks, so if you use the player for music as well then you have to go into the settings and change them when listening to music, or be really annoyed that you can't switch between songs without going into the track listing, whereas the stock firmware handles audiobooks differently than music, so when you switch between the two everything works the way you expect it to.

 

Nothing in it is particularly complicated, and not particularly annoying when sitting around with nothing better to do, but you need to figure some things out and a lot of things are more involved than I like to do while driving a car, out for a jog, or using my table saw, as opposed to the stock interface which just works without any effort, other than the whole not having variable playback speed thing.  And the forward/back 15 seconds and no refreshing media things are incredibly nice as well.

Newbie
Posts: 18
Registered: ‎01-24-2009

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread

How about rename 'Sport' to 'Timer'?

Newbie
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎09-12-2011

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread

+++ thanks for the clock on the playscreen!

 

--- please add elapsed/remaining time on the music playscreen and track/total no. tracks

 

cheers!

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 3,233
Registered: ‎09-13-2008

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread

Rockbox seems too difficult to use while someone is walking around outdoors. I guess it might not be that difficult to use if one is sitting down and wearing reading glasses. Smiley Happy

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 4,898
Registered: ‎11-17-2008

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread


JK98 wrote:

Rockbox seems too difficult to use while someone is walking around outdoors. I guess it might not be that difficult to use if one is sitting down and wearing reading glasses. Smiley Happy



The theme I have installed is easier to read than the original firmware.

iPod Touch 5G 32GB, Touch 4G 32GB, Clip Sport 8GB.
Rockbox-> Clip Zip 4GB, iPod Nano 2G 4GB, iPod 5.5G 80GB
2012 Nexus 7 32GB, Asus MeMoPad 8 16+64GB, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 520

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 8,152
Registered: ‎12-11-2007

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread

A nice thing about Rockbox is its theme gallery (choose the one you like), as well as the ability to create your own (or modify one of the pre-existing ones). But if the Clip Zip what's playing music screen is amended (some might even say "fixed" . . .) so as to add elapsed time and remaining time, and track no./total tracks, I would never have a need to go the Rockbox route. Hint, hint . . . . Smiley Wink
SanDisk Guru
Posts: 4,898
Registered: ‎11-17-2008

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread


Miikerman wrote:
A nice thing about Rockbox is its theme gallery (choose the one you like), as well as the ability to create your own (or modify one of the pre-existing ones). But if the Clip Zip what's playing music screen is amended (some might even say "fixed" . . .) so as to add elapsed time and remaining time, and track no./total tracks, I would never have a need to go the Rockbox route. Hint, hint . . . . Smiley Wink

I don't buy that line for even a minute........you never  installed Rockbox  on any of your Clips or Clip+'s, did you? I'd be shocked if you had, considering how many posts you have made, especially in the other forum, warning of what could theoretically happen if they did install it. Smiley Tongue

 

One thing to consider....maybe part of the reason the Zip db refresh is a little quicker than that of the Clip+ is that a little more memory is freed up by not having to display that information. Also, say you go to shuffle all, on both players.....the C+ will say, for example,  1/952, and the Zip will not. Perhaps this also contributes to the quicker refresh time.

 

In all honesty, if there was no Rockbox, I would prefer the Zip to the Clip+....the customizable menu is really nice, and I prefer the sound of the Zip to the non-RB Clip+ slightly.  Add RB to the Clip+, and now they sound the same  (with no EQ) but the battery life is better on the C+, especially if you don't use MP3. Since most of the time, battery life isn't an issue for me, I am perfectly happy with whichever one I happen to use each day.Smiley Wink

iPod Touch 5G 32GB, Touch 4G 32GB, Clip Sport 8GB.
Rockbox-> Clip Zip 4GB, iPod Nano 2G 4GB, iPod 5.5G 80GB
2012 Nexus 7 32GB, Asus MeMoPad 8 16+64GB, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 520

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 8,152
Registered: ‎12-11-2007

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread


Marvin_Martian wrote:

Miikerman wrote:
A nice thing about Rockbox is its theme gallery (choose the one you like), as well as the ability to create your own (or modify one of the pre-existing ones). But if the Clip Zip what's playing music screen is amended (some might even say "fixed" . . .) so as to add elapsed time and remaining time, and track no./total tracks, I would never have a need to go the Rockbox route. Hint, hint . . . . Smiley Wink

I don't buy that line for even a minute........you never  installed Rockbox  on any of your Clips or Clip+'s, did you? I'd be shocked if you had, considering how many posts you have made, especially in the other forum, warning of what could theoretically happen if they did install it. Smiley Tongue

 

 

Haven't installed Rockbox on my Clips; have had it on my iRiver iHP-160 for around 5 years now (using the theme I had developed for it and that was one of the Rokbox themes for the player) . . . .

SanDisk Fanatic
Posts: 214
Registered: ‎06-20-2008

Re: Clip Zip Feedback and Feature Request Thread

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Marvin_Martian wrote:

If you could live without the database functions, and just use folder browsing and the GoList, then you could get by without adding RAM. 


Folder Browsing in the Clip and Fuze are still based on the DB and subject to the limit.

 

If I go to Music/Folders, I still only see the folders that were added to the DB.

 

Unlike Rockbox, where I have true folder navigation to the drive, the Sansa Firmware still only provides folder navigation to those files that are registered in the DB.

 

so folder browsing doesn't work to bypass the limit.  Believe me, I have tried with the Fuze.!!!!!!