Folder playback

Hi,

I’m planning to buy a Fuze, but there is one thing I have to know before that. My mp3 files are in folder structures on my hard disc. If I copy the folder structure from my hard disc to the memory of the Fuze, will I be able to see that folder structure on the Fuse and will I be able to select a subfolder in a subfolder of a folder for playback? On other players I saw that feature as play/folder, but I cannot see that on the test video I watched about the fuse. Thanks in advance,

Balazs

The Fuze navigates by ID3 tags, not folders. None of Sandisk’s mp3 players navigate by folders. If you must have navigation by folders, there are some players not made by Sandisk that allow a choice of navigation by folders or by tags(I won’t name them here). I hope Sandisk will come out with new firmware for the Fuze that allows a choice of navigation by folders or by tags. I hope in the future Sandisk makes some players that allow this choice.

On the Sansa players hwere Rockbox runs you can play folders with Rockbox.

Melchior.

Can the Fuze run Rockbox?

Thank you  for the answers!

No.

Not yet.

And it won’t be tomorrow.

They still have to get basic things to work, like further disassembling the firmware, getting acces to the flash data storage, writing LCD drivers etc. pp. I have no idea how long it will take them to get Rockboy to run on Fuze, Clip and co., maybe some months, maybe longer.
If you are interested in details:
Here is the status (Sansa V2 Family): http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/TargetStatus#New_Platforms_Currently_Under_De
Here is the working thread: http://forums.rockbox.org/index.php?topic=14064.390

Melchior.

Why even mention Rockbox here? Who knows when if ever Rockbox will be available for the Fuze, and what features it might have if it becomes available. By then, one might be tired of their Fuze and want a newer player. Many wouldn’t want to use Rockbox anyway, and would want to use only firmware that Sandisk releases. I haven’t seen any new and exciting mp3 players with a card slot from any manufacturer since the Fuze came out. There is the Sandisk Slotmusic player, however that doesn’t even have a display! There are so many mp3 player models, yet so few are even remotely interesting. Is it so hard to make an mp3 player that

  1. Navigates by a choice of folders or tags

  2. Has a card slot-Full sized SDHC preferred

  3. Uses a AA or AAA battery-AA preferred

  4. Has a display-even a basic one would do.

      I don’t need to watch videos or view photos on my player.

      Why isn’t there a basic display on the Slotmusic player?

  1. Of course it must have nice sound quality and adequate volume

      (at least 15 mw/channel output into 16 ohms?)

  1. Has a standard mini USB connector. Many hate proprietary connectors

7)Has both AM and FM radio

8)Has a microphone jack and records in mp3 at a user selectable bitrate.

I reluctantly bought a Fuze two months ago, even though I knew it was missing many things I want in an mp3 player. At least the Fuze has a card slot and a display.

@jk98 wrote:

Is it so hard to make an mp3 player that

 

  1. Navigates by a choice of folders or tags
  1. Has a card slot-Full sized SDHC preferred
  1. Uses a AA or AAA battery-AA preferred
  1. Has a display-even a basic one would do.

      I don’t need to watch videos or view photos on my player.

      Why isn’t there a basic display on the Slotmusic player?

  1. Of course it must have nice sound quality and adequate volume

      (at least 15 mw/channel output into 16 ohms?)

  1. Has a standard mini USB connector. Many hate proprietary connectors

7)Has both AM and FM radio

8)Has a microphone jack and records in mp3 at a user selectable bitrate.

That’s a good amount of stuff to ask for!  The closest player to what you want might be the RCA Pearl:

 

http://www.rcaaudiovideo.com/product.aspx?product=396

 

No AM radio though.  ;)  Or mic jack.

Message Edited by PromisedPlanet on 10-30-2008 10:21 AM

JK98 wrote:

 

Is it so hard to make an mp3 player that

 

  1. Navigates by a choice of folders or tags
  1. Has a card slot-Full sized SDHC preferred
  1. Uses a AA or AAA battery-AA preferred
  1. Has a display-even a basic one would do.

      I don’t need to watch videos or view photos on my player.

      Why isn’t there a basic display on the Slotmusic player?

  1. Of course it must have nice sound quality and adequate volume

      (at least 15 mw/channel output into 16 ohms?)

  1. Has a standard mini USB connector. Many hate proprietary connectors

7)Has both AM and FM radio

8)Has a microphone jack and records in mp3 at a user selectable bitrate.

 

 

 

I reluctantly bought a Fuze two months ago, even though I knew it was missing many things I want in an mp3 player. At least the Fuze has a card slot and a display.

 

It isn’t so hard to make a player with all those features, but just because they are the features you want, that doesn’t mean the market would buy it. Everyone has a different preferred feature set. Like you, I’ve waited a long time (years) to replace my Rio Karma and recently bought a Fuze because it is the best fit for my preferred feature set, but by no means perfect. It’s probably as close as I’m likely to get though.

Manufacturers shy away from standard batteries because they dictate shape, size and form. Something of the Fuze’s form factor would be impossible with standard batteries. The slot player will have no display presumably to keep costs down. A full size SD card slot would also increase size. I appreciate that you might be happy with a bigger, thicker and differently shaped player, but I really like the size and weight of the Fuze.

I certainly can play by folders on a Fuze if you convert your thinking to playlists.   You do have to create playlists from files on your PC using WMP, but they work exactly the same as folders.

I don’t know about the MSC mode where you can drag and drop to your Fuze like a drive.  I don’t believe a Windows folder will act like a Windows playlist .wpl.  I know you can drag mp3 files to the Fuze but they would stand alone outside a playlist.

Mike