I just bought myself the 8GB Sansa Clip today after reading some really positive reviews, and so far I love it. Sound quality is perfect and its great being able to use it on Linux (I had an iPod Touch 8GB previously). The only gripe I have with it so far is the lack of support for ID3 v2.4. If you’ve put music on your player that’s seemingly properly tagged yet still shows up on the Sansa as ‘Unknown’ then you’ve run into this problem too. It’s making it FAR more of a pain to get my music on there than it should be! I’ve searched the forums and I know people have said “It’s in the works”, but is it coming soon or is there ANY more information on the progress of this update available?
In the meantime, for anyone using Linux I’ve found a great command line utility to make converting the tags for use on the Sansa Clip a breeze; it’s called eyeD3. Install it, then do something like as follows to get your files up to scratch for the Clip…
First, to check what version of id3 tag is being used you can run a command like this:
eyeD3 -v Track\_01.mp3
The “-v” option is basically asking for verbose information about the tag in the file, you’ll get a bit of info thrown at you and you should be able to see something like “ID3 v2.4” in there somewhere.
Then to convert and clean up the tags to make absolutely sure they’ll work I use this command (in the directory of the music files):
eyeD3 --to-v2.3 --set-encoding=latin1 --force-update \*.mp3
What ths does is fairly straightforward, it’s telling the program to convert the v2.4 tags to v2.3, to change the encoding to a v2.3 supported one (my v2.4 tags use UTF-8 which v2.3 apparently doesn’t support) and also to force the tags to update, as eyeD3 will usually only update a tag field that’s been edited (e.g. if you changed the album or artist name etc) which we don’t need to do. Oh and the *.mp3 bit means apply this to EVERY file in the directory ending in .mp3 (that’s a handy trick for any command line user to know!).
Hopefully this is helpful to anyone who’s running into this problem, although I can’t stress how much more helpful a firmware update to negate the need for this extra work would be Sandisk! :wink:
Message Edited by garmur on 01-22-2009 11:43 PM