Hello all -
A few days ago I bought a 2GB Clip and I’ve been experimenting with it. Very cool little device, significantly better in many ways than my old Rio. However…
I can’t figure out how to get the genre labeling to work properly. I read several of the threads on this, and installed MP3tag to try to fix the problem.
One thread states: “I found the cause for the problem with a hint from another thread about the tag format. The tags were in UTF-8. Changing them to ISO-8859-1 fixed the problem.”
Another thread recommends: “You can resolve the genre issues by retagging ALL your MP3s consistently with v2.3 UTF-16 text encoding.” http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board/message?board.id=clip&message.id=4234&query.id=68533#M4234
I tried resetting the tags as the ISO-8859-1 via MP3Tag, but although it produced some improvement it didn’t really work overall. I didn’t try the other fix yet.
It’s also not clear to me whether it matters if you use MTP or MSC for file transfers. If it does, I’d appreciate hearing about it from anyone who knows. (I could also use an explanation as to why different folders show up in the clip depending on whether you’re set to MSC or MTP; e.g., with MSC I don’t see an “Albums” folder as I do with MTP, but I do see an “Audiobooks” folder." )
The tagging/genre problem is frankly a pain. With my old Rio, I could sort content easily by selectively filling in or leaving blank artist / album / genre tags. When that system works, it makes it relatively easy to sort through different kinds of content. With the Clip, it’s difficult to keep content sorted. For example, I have complete albums (no single tracks, just the whole album), radio shows (several different categories), and a number of albums (both whole albums as one file and whole albums with all the separate tracks as separate files) sorted according to different kinds of music. This was comparatively easy to manage on the Rio, but is difficult on the Clip. I can probably work around it, but the more content one adds, the less easy it is to manage it. For me, with more than 2GB it would get close to impossible.
Anyone grappled with the genres problem and come up with any better or solid solutions?
I have a few other comments and quibbles that I may post in the future, when I’ve had more more time to experiment with the Clip. This little player has a lot going for it. If Sandisk would improve the firmware, this thing would be exceptional.