Yikes, it sounds like more of a mess than I thought. I don’t suppose there is something like file folder browsing in the database menu. My id3 tags have different artists and albums for even the same album. Yeah, it sounds like a mess but it’s how my collection has been tagged for many years. They worked well for many years but my collection got jumbled up more and more with newer MP3 players. The clips were some of the few more recent ones that actually did file folder browsing mostly right. I guess recent is about seven years ago for the plus. I understand the hardware limitations for the sport and jam but file folder browsing shouldn’t be messed up because of that.
Even though the chips they were using were discontinued and the supply dried up I don’t think they necessarily made a bad choice with the new. The new are cheap and don’t use much juice from what I understand? It’s the software developers that dropped the ball IMO. I wouldn’t bet that there was a software development team actually. The firmware was likely something written by one man in a third world country, so to speak, in a couple of weeks or quicker. I could live with a laggy device if the basics were actually done right. I’m sure if they tried they could do great things with the limited chip. The player having trouble with certain cards sure sounds like a firmware problem but I’m not sure. Having trouble with cards faster than a class four sounds like a joke. I haven’t seen class four and under even sold anywhere anymore.
As for the battery life it is probably about the same for the jam and sport unless they tweaked the firmware a certain way. All things considered I doubt they put much effort into it to do much from the Sport. They likely just reused most of the code so it should really be about the same. Companies pretty much just make up whatever they want when they’re advertising battery life. With a healthy battery the zip and plus would get about five hours. I could see maybe an hour or so more battery life for the jam if the batteries they were using were similar to the clip and zip. I’m not saying they use the same batteries, just that the new chips should use less battery. I had a Cowon D2 that was supposed to get around fifty hours of battery life but anyone being honest would actually know it was ten tops. A lot of the information out there for battery life for different devices is just baloney.
I still might buy this, it’s fairly cheap but I don’t know if it would be much better than a cheap import. I suppose I could just use the fiio and cough up the dough for another one if something happens to it out there. That is about the only other semi affordable option I see out there.
What are people using these days anyway? A smart phone to play music? I could do that but I don’t want phone service and it’s unclear if I would have to purchase it to use it. Then there is the sound, the sound on my tablets for example is very poor.
There is much tougher decisions out there for me but it would be nice to play music on a DAP that actually works for under a hundred. Anyway, thanks for listening and cheers to all!