The Clip+'s new feature was the uSD slot, which, if one were to wax cynical, was primarily to cater to Sandisk’s SlotXYZ project. One may infer same from Sandisk’s insistence on getting their Updater software onto your system (“No getting the fabulous SMC if you don’t have Updater installed!”). Every time you run it, you get a “Please look at our great Slot-blah-blah wares!” ad in your face.
The Slot beeswax aside, the chance of seeing an upgraded Fuze is a tad problematic. The filesystem used in Fuze/Clip isn’t viable for larger capacities. It is barely tolerable now, when you have to wait many minutes after disconnecting from the PC to use your player. While it may be optimized, I don’t think any such can reduce the downtime by at least an order of magnitude, which is what the competition offers. It needs an overhaul.
My SWAG on the reason for Sandisk’s weird database scheme is the need to accomodate both MTP and MSC on the same media. MTP is a necessity for protected content, and MSC is needed per Sandisk’s desire for people to use the players also as storage devices.
But neutron_bob was making noises about tweaking the database a while ago for better speed, so may be such is in the offing for future models. With the View’s abandonment, Sandisk does need a replacement to face against the low-end Nano, so I’d expect any upgraded model to have similar features. The question is whether they have the willingness to compete at the mid-range, which is becoming increasingly popular as they come down in price. Again, per neutron_bob’s (and other Sandisk emps’) comment of “Sansa is Sandisk’s hobby”, probably not any time soon.
Right now isn’t a good to buy new gadgets, regardless. It’s the dead time of the year. If you want to best the best bang per buck, or if you’re an early adopter, then late summer (in time for back-to-school) and fall/winter is when the action is at.
Of course, if you need it now, then buy it now.