I am a longtime user of the Clip+. Loved the Clip+ and used the heck out of it. Eventually the clip on the back broke off and I decided it was time to get a new one. So I now have a new Clip Zip, and am having some issues with it.
The main thing I use my mp3 player for is listening to audio books. One of the reasons why I went with the Clip+ was because it supported file/folder browsing (i.e. you could listen to stuff that wsnt’ id3 tagged). On my Clip Zip I can still do this, but only with music. I do not seem to be able to access audiobooks through file browsing.
Is there any way to do this? Am I missing something? Removing file/folder browswing for audiobooks seems to be to be a big step backwards. I really hope there is some kind of a workaround for this! (I already tried just putting the audio books in a folder under “music”–but the problem with this is that you don’t get bookmarking under music. So if you know of a way to enable bookmarks in music, let me know!)
But since I haven’t been able to figure this out, I’ve been trying to make things work using the id3 tags. Some of my stuff works, but some it seems wildly off.
I have one book where it seems the files are id3 tagged correctly but go from 1/234 to 234/234. On the Clip Zip, the files are all out of order. I read something ont the Clip+ forum that there is a bug that makes the files go out of order if you use the 1/234 to 234/234 type format, and the second number (after the slash) is greater than 100. It would seemt that Sandisk did not fix this bug in the Clip Zip (but let me know if I’m missing something). The suggested workaround was jus tto remove the slash and the second number. Does anyone know of a way to do this as a “batch” process without having to individually change every file by hand? (If it matters, I have a Mac, but can use Windows solutions too, because there is a Windows computer I can access.)
Something else, when listening to an audio book on the Clip Zip, a quick press of the right or left buttons does NOT take me to the next audio file, although a long press (holding the button down) does fast-forward and fast-reverse in the same file. Is this normal? And is there any work around? (While listening to music, a quick press does take forwards or backwards to the next song, just as expected.)
All help and suggestions appreciated. Thanks in advance!
BTW, I hate to say this, but part of me is even considering just returning the Clip Zip and getting another Clip+. (I checked and see they are still available.) Is this something I should give more serious conideration to this? I do like the color screen on the Clip Zip, but I can do without it, and other then that I haven’t yet noticed any big advantages that the Clip Zip has over the Clip+. And the inability to file/folder browse audiobooks seems a pretty big dis-advantage…