Just to open up some imaginations about card slot usage …
Besides serving as adjunct music storage, here are my other actual uses:
- audio on a card taken directly from a radio recorder (Pogo Radio YourWay LX or CC Witness).
- video on a card taken directly from a Sandisk V-mate video recorder.
- public library audiobooks’ external storage (they don’t expire, so why not get them while they’re available and put them on cheap removable storage rather than fill up valuable internal storage?)
I do all three of the above on my Sansa Connect. The Fuze doesn’t do #1 well (it doesn’t resume files untagged Podcast/Audiobook or unstored in Podcasts/Audiobooks), and doesn’t do #2 (I haven’t yet found a V-mate video format that the Fuze supports).
I also run an internet radio recording app, Radiotracker 6, for about three hours at a time to collect music of a particular genre. I prefer to segregate that music onto a card, to easily locate a recording session/genre (for easy deletion of songs I don’t like.
I do these things on the Fuze, Connect, and other MP3 players with slots, and a PDA, and a PSP Go. With a slotless Touch, it’s no longer “pop in a card and go,” but rather going through the intermediaries of a PC and iTunes (including waiting for format conversion).