That limit wouldn’t matter to me personally…even if I had a 32 GB card for my Zip, I wouldn’t be able to fit 8000 of my songs on there. On my Cowon D2, which is 8GB with a 32GB card, I have 4000 on the card, and 900+ on the internal.
I’m glad I don’t have to worry about it, to be frank.
Unfortunately most of my songs are encoded at 128kps. Yes, I know, it’s really lossy, but to be honest, my 45 year old ears can’t really distinguish between 128kps and 256kps encoded MP3’s even with my Steinheiser or Bose Quiet Comfort phones.
So for most of my listening experiences, (at my desk or in my car) having larger music files would not make a difference for my enjoyment of the music. My current music collection is just less than 8000, but the tags and the embeded album art lower the capacity so that the Fuze with OF can only see approx 3/4 of them.
I guess I will keep my current setup. (sad face). I love Rockbox, and I love it’s ability to queue up random albums and the DB refresh speed. I just wish it didn’t kill my subscription playback. I miss my Rhapsody channels. Oh well, my Rhapsody still works great for my kids.
I just wish Sandisk would understand that many of us want high capacity “solid state” players to store are very large collections on. Although 8000 sounds really high, and it is, I love the freedom to always have ALL my music at my finger tips.
And as Rockbox and the Sansa Dev’s themselves have proven, 8000 songs is simply an arbitrary limit. It’s been breached by the Rockbox folks and the Fuze+ dev teams.
I say this right now, not that it would make a difference, but if Sansa raised the DB limit on the Clip Zip, I would purchase one the day that limit is raised.