I need help getting started

Hi everyone, this is my first post here.  I’m interested in a Clip (haven’t purchased yet)…I’ve used and loved my iPod(s) for years but I’d like to see what else is out there without spending a lot of money and the Clip looked good to me.  Does anyone know of some kind of tutorial link for people like me who are just getting started and know very little about the product?  I haven’t used Windows Media Player in years and barely remember how to use it (I have Version 11).  My friend recommended a program that will convert my m4p’s to mp3’s and I’m hoping that will be easy and not give me a headache.  My goal is to have an mp3 library organized so when I decide to get a Clip everything will be ready to go.  I’m hoping I’ll just be able to plug in and go??  If anyone has suggestions for me they’d be very appreciated.  Thanks!

This is the best place I can tell you to go. Download the manual (Top Right) , watch the how to videos, and ask questions on here when you come across stuff you dont know, there are no stupid questions.

Message Edited by Conversionbox on 01-17-2009 09:55 PM

The nicest thing–you don’t need WMP.  Instead, you simply can use your Clip as an external drive and drag and drop to/from it.  Set the player to USB/MSC mode for this. 

I’m starting out as well…just bought the Clip today, and since I have WMP v 10, I’m interested in importing my own CD music, and am wondering if the WMP will convert the songs to mp3 before I could download to the Clip.

Do you already have the CDs ripped to your computer? If so what format are they? The Clip will take more than just mp3 files.

some ripped from a couple of CD’s and the format is WMA.  I’d like to convert it to MP3’s so that I can have some room in the Clip.

Message Edited by punkinbee59 on 01-19-2009 08:18 PM

The Clip will play WMA Files. But for future Refrence, if you go to The rip options in WMP, you can set the default format to MP3

dunno what USB cable I got packed with the Clip, but I keep getting that yellow message box suggesting that I get a 2.0 USB for faster loading…  hmmm.  

will I need to buy a 2.0 USB…or do I have it already? 

Try plugging it into a different port. It’s possible that some ports on your computer are faster than others. Also, try plugging it directly into the computer if it’s currently plugged into a hub. Some hubs only provide USB 1.1 output speed even if the hub itself is plugged into a USB 2.0 port.

haha…I have a HUGE CPU, and ALL of the ports are in the back…so I ended up getting an external hub plugged into the USB port in the back to have access in the front so I can hook up my camera and now my Clip.  that’s a possibility that is why my Clip was a bit slow connecting and synching.

Message Edited by punkinbee59 on 01-21-2009 07:18 PM

@punkinbee59 wrote:
haha…I have a HUGE CPU, and ALL of the ports are in the back…so I ended up getting an external hub plugged into the USB port in the back to have access in the front so I can hook up my camera and now my Clip.  that’s a possibility that is why my Clip was a bit slow connecting and synching.
Message Edited by punkinbee59 on 01-21-2009 07:18 PM

Try moving around your usb Plugs so you can plug the clip into a port on the computer not the hub. I have had nothing but problems when I connect any player into my hub.

no can do…the CPU is HEAVY, and I have a bad back and my left knee’s been replaced 1.5 years ago.  so I’ll have to make do with what I’ve got for now until late 2009/early 2010 when Windows 7 comes out and I’m planning to get a smaller faster CPU with some of the USB ports on the FRONT at the same time.  :smileyvery-happy: