Now, yes, gapless is great to have. But, “renders the player almost unusable”? Really . . . ?
Well, yes. Most of my listening is classical, and it is common to have a continuous span of music in multiple tracks. As an example, in Antal Dorati’s 1964 Mercury recording of “The Miraculous Mandarin” by Bartok, about 28 minutes of uninterrupted music is encoded as 23 tracks. Perhaps you can imagine how tedious it is to combine these, especially when it was not necessary with Clip Zip. From my perspective, this is an idiotic limitation.
I am usually ripping from CDs, but even with downloads, continuous music is often more than one file.
Clip Zip appears either to have been discontinued, or availability is severly limited. I returned the Clip Sport for a refund and ordered a Clip Zip online.
SanDisk support has been unhelpful. The rep usually does not seem to understand simple questions, and even more often fails to give a useful response. He had no idea that Clip Sport could not play gapless, for example.
The headphone jack n my original Clip Zip has a bad connection, and I am assuming it is not practical to repair it.