Hi there I just got my first non-iPod player, a 8GB Clip+.
I have my music on a Mac with iTunes which I used to sync to an iPod using playlists according to genre or mood (using the comments fields eg chill/run/etc). This way I could cycle through my library as with every iPod sync the tracks’ info was updated and replaced with new songs. Very handy and, apart from setting up the playlists, fully automatic.
Now with the Clip+ I know I can only do drag&drop from my Mac. I know someone here wrote a script for iTunes playlists but I do not think these can be automatically refreshed with each sync as the Clip does not communicate with iTunes.
I looked through quite a few of the threads here and it seems that most of you are just listening to their music according to artist or album. So, I am just wondering how the power users here are listening to their Clips to get the most out of their bigger libraries and make sure that they are listening to all their library tracks over the long term.
First thing I would suggest to you is getting an expansion card…look around a bit online, and you can generally find an 8GB card under $20, and a 16GB for around $40. For $200 you can get a 32GB card, but for most of us, 32GB cards can wait a while.
If you add a 16GB, that gives you a combined usable total of 22.73GB, which is what I have. From there, my answer for trying to somewhat keep in touch with the entire collection is the shuffle mode. Enable shuffle, select Play All, and there you go. If I have a hankering for one particular artist that day, I might slect Play All for just that artist, with shuffle enabled…from there, if I have a new album, I will listen to it in the proper method until I know the album…then it will enter the shuffle rotation.
My total library will not fit on the Clip+ as it stands, and even if I had a 32GB card, it wouldn’t hold everything…but I’ve found that with my 22.73GB that I can carry just about anything I might want to listen to on a given day…and the shuffle mode will bring up songs that I might not have thought to play, from artists that I may not have thought of in a while.
Enjoy your Clip+…it may not be quite as seamless an experience for a Mac user, but there have been threads here in the forums regarding how to make the Sansa and Macs work together.