I am very upset witht he Sansa Connect.  The software won...

I am very upset witht he Sansa Connect.  The software won’t install I had to get a hard copy of the User Mannual for the website witht e help of another user.  I can registrater is.  And I didn’t realize I had to sign up for yahoo Music in order to you my WiFi thats not explained to you.  Can anyone help me change my mind before I put it in the closet and for get about it,.

You do not need software or special drivers to use the Sansa Connect.  You need a computer running XP or Vista, and an up to date copy of Windows Media Palyer 11.  WMP11 includes a driver, “MTP”, which communicates with the Connect.  From WMP, you can transfer music on your computer to the Connect, rip CD music to your computer, and organize your library.  If you decide to sign up for subscription music services from Yahoo (see below), you’ll need to download (free) a copy of Yahoo Music Jukebox from the Yahoo music site.

This player is a WiFi enabled device which allows you to listen to internet radio stations provided by the Yahoo Launchcast service.  To enable this feature, you will need to sign up for a Yahoo screen name (which is free), or use your existing screen name if you already have one.  This will enable you to listen to Y! internet radio when you have an active WiFi connection.  The device also functions as an ordinary MP3 player and lets you transfer music you have ripped from CD’s or music tracks you have purchased on-line.  Like all other subscription-capable MP3 players, you can subscribe to Y! Music Unlimited To Go and then be able to download any music tracks from their library onto your computer, and to your Connect, without paying for the individual tracks (you pay a monthly subscription fee instead).  As long as your subscription is current, the songs you download will continue to play.  Basically, you’re leasing a 2 million track music library to enjoy on demand.  If you like lots of music, and the opportunity to listen to new releases, this service is great.  I have had a subscription for years, and my Connect since they became widely avilable this summer, and really enjoy it.  Ripped CD tracks and songs you purchase will play even if you do not have a current subscription.

The Connect is just an ordinary MP3 player with the added WiFi feature of being able to listen to internet radio.  Then, for a fee, you can also enjoy subscription music (same as Napster and Rhapsody offers).  The Connect has firmware that has been customized to take advantage of many unique features offered through the Yahoo Music Unlimited service.

Also, once you get your Y! screen name, and if you choose to store and share your digital pictures on Flickr (also free), you will be able to access them, via WiFi, on your Connect.

Be aware that SanDisk recently released a firmware upgrade that includes the added capability of playing videos on the Connect (along with some other enhancements to the Y! features).  The update will automatically download within 20-30 minutes after you make a successful WiFi connection.

Perhaps the retailer who sold you this device apparently did not understand the device well enough to provide an accurate description of its capabilities.  You have a great MP3 player that also has many added Y! susbscription features, should you wish to subscribe and take advantage of them.  Check out the SanDisk Connect product page for the official description: 

http://www.sandisk.com/Products/Catalog(1249)-SanDisk_Sansa_Connect_MP3_Player.aspx

Message Edited by GnisiBrianJ25us on 12-26-2007 02:38 PM

Message Edited by GnisiBrianJ25us on 12-26-2007 03:12 PM

You can listen to Launchcast Radio with a valid Yahoo ID, but you need Yahoo! Music Unlimited To Go to get the premium stations and use the WiFi music download feature.

Below are the links to the resources and applications useful to Sansa Connect owners.

The new User Manual, FAQs and utilities are posted at www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1619.

The FAQs are very insightful and can jump start your experience with the Sansa Connect.

The Yahoo! Music Jukebox application and manuals can be downloaded at http://music.yahoo.com/jukebox.