You’re talking about creating the playlist(s) on the player as you do with the GoList as opposed to creating them on the computer, then transferring this list to the player’s internal memory. This would probably still require more RAM than what is available. Remember, RAM is R andom A ccess M emory. It’s sort of memory in reserve. You have to have a certain amount of un-used memory just laying around there wating for when it is needed. I could see where creating some lengthy playlists could over-tax this reserve, and that wold probably cause a crash or freeze-up of the device.
Have you noticed that the more RAM you have installed on your computer, the faster it runs and the quicker programs open? Your computer will throw all of this data into the RAM and then take it back as it needs it which is a whole lot quicker than if you don’t have sufficient RAM installed. The programs write the information to your hard drive, then have to read it back off in order to get the program open and working. Much, much slower! That’s why it’s always a good idea to buy additional RAM chips/modules when you get a new computer. It’s the best investment you can buy. Hard Disk size or processor speed aren’t nearly as important as RAM when it comes to a fast machine.
Your little Sansa has a very small finite space for RAM and it simply cannot borrow space from the ‘storable’ memory (where you store your songs) when it needs to. These little players are really amazing in what they can do now, and who knows what they will be capable of in the near future, but the developers must work within the limitations of what they’ve got to work with now. Sure, new models will come down the pike with more storage capacity, more features, games, who knows what, but the key word here is new models. Every platform has it’s limitations. I’m sure the guys at SanDisk will do what they can with what they’ve got, but we can’t expect them to turn a Buick into a Cadillac. Both are fine vehicles and have many similarities as they are both made on the GM platform, but hardly the same thing and no amount of modification will turn one into the other.
So if they can fix whatever bugs that come up and throw us a bone every now & then, we should be grateful. There are many mp3 players on the market that don’t have upgradeable firmware. The way you buy it is the way it’s going to be forever, whether it works right or not, or has all the features and little tweaks here & there or not. There simply isn’t any bug fixing or feature adding . . . period! For that you have to buy the next ‘upgraded’ model that comes out. So all in all, I think we (as Sansa owners) have got it pretty good with the support we’re given. We should be thankful instead of gripin’ that it ain’t enough.