I am just ready to order a Sansa Clip 4GB. I sent an email to support to ask this very question - whether I can organize by folder. I don’t put music on my current MP3 player, but download bible teachings that are organized by folders for books, or weeks (podcasts). I would like to organize accordingly as it would be silly to do a random playlist from a sequential topic. This feature could be offered as an additional organization tactic rather than as replacing the current method.
The one major thing that keeps me looking at anything Apple, is the ablility to load the device like an external drive rather than using a PC based media player.
A further question was how the fast-forward or rewind feature works. The user manual shows the buttons used as the left and right buttons, but they have multiple functions:
“Left/Previous/Rewind Press for previous track, rewind, or move left”
“Right/Forward Press for next track, fast forward, or move right”
Nowhere in the manual is a description of how to use the fast-forward or rewind features, or whether there is a acceleration algorithm employed (holding down longer increases speed) both essential for my useage in getting around the large MP3 files that I typically use (an hour to an hour and 20 minute lectures). My current player is a bugger since the same rocker switch is used for forward and backward (depending on direction pressed) and holding it in that direction performs the fast-forward and rewind functions. It worked well enough when new, but now the switch is sensitive and it usually jumps to the next MP3 just as I am finally getting back to where I want it. To further exacerbate the situation, the scroll is one speed and this is slow - fine for 3 to 5 minute tracks, but murder on my size files. The solution is adding an acceleration algorithm (longer push yields faster scroll). This can be done in different ways, but a simple timer to detect how long a key has been pressed to determing how fast to go, is the simplest to impliment.
I like the button control of the Clip since this allows me to operate the controls without looking at the device (rewind, fast-forward, volume control, and next track selection) while driving a vehicle. Since my primary use of a device is while driving alone, this is crucial to me.
Another feature of the Clip that has me looking is the voice recorder - to record lectures or teachings (my own). I hope they never eliminate this.
I hope that SanDisk reads these forums, AND responds to these requests.