10-09-2011 10:45 AM - edited 10-14-2011 05:30 AM
Sansa Fuze+ Menu Structure Documentation:
The Sansa Fuze+ has 8 horizontally arranged top level menu choices (with only 1 visible at a time):
music / video / photo / radio / books / voice / card / settings
When at 'music', pressing center enters a submenu with 5 ways to select tracks (horizontally):
artists / albums / songs / genres / playlists [ / folders ]
The new firmware supposedly also adds music navigation & selection by folder.
Press center to play the selected music file and display album cover art while listening.
Pressing back returns you to the music menu.
When at 'video', pressing center enters a submenu with 2 ways to select videos (horizontally):
A-Z / by duration
Pressing back returns you to the video menu.
When at 'photo', pressing center enters a submenu with 2 ways to select still photographs (horizontally):
A-Z / by date
Pressing back returns you to the photo menu.
When at 'radio', pressing center enters a submenu providing 2 ways to tune into FM stations (horizontally):
'radio' / presets
FM listening is immediately enabled in either FM station selection mode.
Manual tuning of FM stations and/or preset navigation is accomplised via the up/down arrows.
Holding center down makes or deletes a preset on the currently selected FM frequency.
Touching center brings up a 2nd level submenu with 7 vertical “options”:
Delete preset / Record radio / Play recordings / Auto scanning for presets / Seek mode / Delete all presets / Delete all recordings
Pressing back, returns you to the manual 'radio' tuning/listening submenu.
Pressing back again, returns you to the 'radio' menu.
However, when listening to the 'radio', a timeout takes you back to manual tuning/listening 'radio' submenu.
When at 'books', pressing center displays a submenu with 3 ways to select material (horizontally):
podcasts / audiobooks / audibles
Podcasts are grouped together vertically by Album Name. Select using vertical cursor and press center.
A third level menu will display individual episodes within an album. Select one using the vertical cursor.
Playback begins after center press. Right will jump to the next episode.
Pressing back 3 times returns you to the book menu. I don't know how audiobooks or audibles work.
When at 'voice', pressing center enters a submenu with 2 tasks (horizontally):
record / play
The record screen has a vertical menu with 2 functions: Start recording / Stop
The play screen has a vertical menu containing a list of previous recordings to replay by pressing center.
Pressing back once returns you to the 'voice' menu.
When at 'card', pressing center gives an advertisement on SlotRadio when no uSD card is present.
I expect folder navigation for a removable SDcard when one is detected.
When at 'settings', pressing center gives a submenu with 21 options (vertically):
Music Settings / Video Settings / Photo Settings / Podcast&Book Settings / Radio Settings / Background / Backlight / Brightness / Power Saver / Sleep / Customize Menu / Equalizer / Replay Gain / Volume Level / Language / USB mode / Date / Time / Format / Restore / Info
Pressing back returns you to the 'settings' menu.
It was confusing to me so there I share my man page with you.
10-12-2011 11:11 AM - edited 10-14-2011 07:50 AM
The documentation says that Ogg Vorbis is a supported format. Ogg Vorbis is a codec for music or general audio streams. OGG is rightly a container format for audio and video to include Vorbis, Theora and SPEEX. My interest lies primarily in getting the Fuze+ to handle SPEEX.
Like Vorbis, Speex is not encumbered by patents, copyrights and royalty payments. Does the Fuze+ player support any voice codecs? I did not see AMR, G.729.1, G.722 or SPEEX listed. When I copied a .spx file to the player, it was ignored.
Can this function be prioritized or added?
People like myself that Record FM talk radio would love to be able to convert the huge files generated by the Fuze+ to one of these voice formats particularly for use as a podcast -- if the Fuze+ supported SPEEX or AMR. This could be done on the PC using FFmpeg.
I suggest Speex rather than AMR as you already handle the ogg container format and the DSP decoder is free software.
10-12-2011 11:26 AM
The Fuze+ doesn't need Speex. MP3 at 32kbps mono mp3 is good enough and small enough. Another choice is wma at 24kbps, which is around the same sound quality as mp3 at 32kbps. I use mp3 at 32 kbps for spoken word files . I have listened to some wma files at 12 kbps, and while they were listenable, the sound quality did sound much lower than 32kbps mp3. Flash memory is cheap enough though, and at around 72 hours of 32kbps mp3 files fitting in each GB of space, that is good enough.
10-13-2011 10:52 PM - edited 10-14-2011 07:56 AM
Speex is a voice codec whereas mp3 is a music codec. I disagree that it is unneeded.
Smartphones which Sansa competes with as a music player include AMR (nb + wb)
Speex at 15.7k bps sounds better than 64k bps mp3 podcasts of Talk Radio Shows.
SPX files are also better than AMR NB. There are many voice codecs including AMR,
AWB, G.729.1 and Speex. Sansa doesn't have any! Speex DSP is open source and
has been separated into a separate library. The latest version has some promising new
improvements in its latest version. Don't knock it until you've actually tried it on
Windows Media Player or MP Classic.
Look at www.speex.org The difference is astounding.
11-12-2011 11:21 PM
I don't see any menu at all on my sansa fuze+ screen. I have loaded songs on my computer (to my "internal storage" music folder ... and created a playlist which is in my playlist folder, and it supposedly "loaded" onto the player, but there is no menu at all. I noticed it is taking, in alphabetical order, the first 10 songs in the folder, and playing them, but it is not giving me any kind of menu to choose what to play, or to choose a playist, etc. I have much confusion about the controls also. This is the first mp3 player I have ever owned, and I sure can't figure it out. (insert bewildered face here)
I've searched the site, but cannot find anything so far that addresses my problems. I'd appreciate any help I can get. Thanks!
11-18-2011 11:19 PM
The Fuze+ will display a cascading group of the last 10 songs loaded. You can scroll through this list by sweeping the touchpad from top to bottom (or bottom to top), and select the desired track from this list via a tap of the center, or tap the play button in the upper right.
To access all songs, simply give one tap at the center of your touchpad.
Let's go over the sequence, and your options, as the Fuze+ is a wee bit different from other Sansas. There are lots of options open, depending upon how you would like to search for your music. Starting from that first screen (the "recently added" 10), if you give a single tap at the pad center, you will start with artist showing, and the device will begin at the displayed artist. You can scroll via artist from top to bottom, or select album, songs, genres, playlists, folders, or Rhapsody Channels, in sequence, for your search.