SO … I bought an 8GB Sansa Fuze to load 6.5GB of audiobook mp3s for my mother – I have a Mac running Snow Leopard, and though I personally have an ipod, we decided to go a different route for this one. I read up on a ton of forums before buying the Fuze and it seemed like it could connect easily to Mac, though you would have to forego playlists.
I spent about 2 weeks trying various ways to make this player work. The only way I found to load mp3s was to launder them through iTunes, then export those mp3s onto the desktop and manually drag them, in small bundles, to the Fuze’s music folder (acting like an external drive). This was the only way the Fuze would recognize the files as playable mp3s.
However, eventually I had the problem that others on here have also had with the “refreshing media” happening every time the player is turned on, regardless. It took over 5 hours to start up (yes I timed it!) and had to be plugged in so the battery wouldn’t die … this was every time the player went idle. Obviously, not ideal, and rendering it basically unusable.
I ran a disc repair on it several times, I’ve wiped it clean and started over, I’ve named the files in different ways (it has a weird habit of categorizing the mp3s in its own way, skipping the regular numerical order in favor of an algorithm I cannot seem to break, which makes listening to audiobooks rather frustrating!), but to no avail.
Any help on any of this (the constant refreshing media, numbering tracks so they play in order even without Windows Media, etc), or should I just wipe it clean and give it to a family member who has Windows? And what would be the best way to do that so that they don’t go through these same headaches?
Sorry for the novel! Thank you in advance