TL;DR Will the “Music > Folders > Shuffle List” feature ever be re-introduced by firmware update, or do I need to start looking for another mp3 player?
I have been a fan of the sandisk line of mp3 players for the last few years. I got a Sansa Clip+ in 2010, used it for 2 years until it broke down, but loved the simplicity and full featuredness enough. So I got a Sansa Clip Zip in 2012 which I have been using until now. Apart from some minor glitches now and than it was pretty much perfect, however the battery life by now was reduced to 2 hours or so, so it was time for a new one.
So naturally I got the newest sandisk mp3 player, the Clip Sport.
I use the player for 2 things days:
listening to audiobooks and
Shuffling music in various folders.
Audiobooks works fine on the Clip Sport, no big complaints there.
However listening to music has become completely impossible to me. On the Clip Zip I could simply “Music > Folders > Shuffle List” on any folder and it would shuffle all tracks in that folder and all subfolders. This was the only way I would listen to music on the Clip Zip.
This feature is completely gone in the Clip Sport!
All other methods of playing music on the Sport are useless to me because:
I often listen to some ‘mix tapes’ which are located in a folder (i.e. album/artist like filters are useless here).
Sometimes I have various of these ‘mix tapes’ folders in another folder and I’d like to shuffle all those.
Playlists could be a solution here but… “The Clip Sport only supports M3U playlists and they must be stored in the same directory as the files in the playlist.”. What? wait so playlists are only usable in one very specific edge case?? (where you want to play a subset of songs in a single folder)
So I am very dissapointed with the Clip Sport because I can’t comfortably use it for the thing it was made for and which was working great on previous versions of the player.
In conclusion the question: Is there any chance this will get added in a firmware update or do I have to start looking for another mp3 player?