Unfortunately, I compare every DAP I purchase to my old iRiver iHP 120 (which is running ROCKbox firmware), and that is a pretty tough act to follow in terms of features and sound quality. However, I also have the need for a very small DAP with which I can bring to work and trying out the Fuze, I’m really liking the sound quality and its fairly simple approach with things. The menu’s are good (intuitive, though the radio function could be a bit polished up a bit) and having a choice between MTP and MSC is great. I also appreciate that the wheel now is more functional with its dedicated play/pause feature rather than using that for scrolling like the View did (or still does ?)
I have a couple of small niggles though, with the Fuze, and think that a firmware update can very easily solve them, so I’d like to put in the request just in case someone at SanDisk is reading/listening:
Please find a way to improve the way in which we can search for an artist/album etc. I saw that there has been a request to search alphabetically, and that’s a great idea and second it. I think it would also be an improvement to give us a choice as to whether or not we can use file tree browsing so that how ever we put our files and folders on the drive, is exactly how we’ll see them displayed. File tree browsing is much more convenient than using a database method because in some cases a tagging scheme may mess up how the same artists albums or songs are put together.
Looping menus and music list ! In the same fashion as the home screen, the way you’re able to scroll from music and all the way around back to music again, both forward and backwards, every menu screen as well as the music list should be able to loop like this ! It would make things utterly more convenient and a much better user experience.
Ogg support. Why not, it’s free ! You don’t have to pay any loyalties or ownership fees in order to run this codec. I’m not the only person (I’m sure) who has many of his files in the Ogg Vorbis format and I much prefer its performance to that of Mp3. I think it drains less battery life, and uses less disk space on the whole. I can also encode to a lower bitrate and have it sound as good as a higher bit rate Mp3 file.
And while I’d love to see better playlist functionality (just look at ROCKbox to see how it is done ! ) for non Windows or Mac platforms (I use Linux) it’s not something I’d ever expect to see get done, so I won’t harp on it. I guess that’s it for now. I’ve only had the Fuze for a couple of days, but owned the View before, and returned it. The Fuze seems to be a step up and really hope to see any of my requests fulfilled.