I purchased a 4GB Clip+ yesterday and spent the better part of today figuring it out. I will be using it for audio books mostly; some downloaded P2P, the others DRM protected from my library using OverDrive.
I started with copying a few books using MS WINDOWS XP2 into Audiobooks section. The first quirk was that some of my books are subdivided into subfolders, say “Title Part 1” and “Title part 2”. In the Clip+ hierarchy they are not listed as subfolders, but instead as separate audio books. Apparently, it does not support subfolders. Please, confirm if you know.
I also tried copying the same books into Albums instead. The problem is that in Audiobooks, you can start playing a file, then stop it, start another file in another book and stop and so on. Then, when you go to any book you started, it highlights the last played file and has an option of Resuming playing. It’s like having multiple Bookmarks, and it seems to work only in Audiobooks. A very handy feature.
Skipping tracks: in Audiobooks, you have to Pause the file, then try skipping. Just pressing on Reverse or Fast Forward does not do it; you have to press and hold for a couple seconds to get it to skip. But then it starts skipping very fast. Hold the button for a split second longer, and it already skipped several tracks. You have to try hard to get it to skip one track at a time, going back and forth. In Albums it seems to skip normal. Any comments?
Playback order: in my old BlueCube player it was controlled by the file name only. So, I got used to re-name all files (using a wonderful free ReNamer program) with a prefix 01, 02, etc. It worked like a charm. In the Clip+ it does not. After wasting a lot of time and effort, I think I figured that it plays back in Track order, which screwed up some of my books. I installed a free MP3Tag program and now had to re-number tracks to match the desired play order. Is that what the Clip+ does?
The last problem was playing one of the books in Ogg format. It plays on my computer O.K. But on the Clip+ the sound is garbled, like in those spy movies where they use a voice distorting gizmo. I looked at the file info: bitrate 64 Kbps, Sample rate 44100 Hz. It supposed to support Ogg, does it? My old BlueCube does not, so I cannot verify playback on another player and I know nothing about Ogg. What could be a problem?
Thank you for the input.