I just bought the 8gb Clip this afternoon at my local WalMart in Framingham, MA, for $49 (marked down from $79, the sign said). I bought a 4GB Clip for my wife in May 2008 to replace her 512MB m230, and I have been using my trusty 4GB m260 since March 2006 (using .m3u playlists, after editing the WMP output), but I’d been looking for the 8GB for a long time. Everywhere I looked, even online, it was back-ordered or out of stock. I only use the MSC mode, and the path to the .wma files is a little fussier with the Clip than the earlier firmware of the m200 series, but I guess I’ll deal with it as I do with loading music on my wife’s Clip.
It frustrates me that all the manufacturers think that they have to make an iPod-like player. I have no need for video, and I’d rather have a replaceable AAA (which could be a Sanyo Eneloop) as in my m260, than a built-in battery. I use my player mostly when I’m running or traveling, and I don’t plan to watch movies and I don’t need a .jpg of the album cover on a screen that’s barely larger than a postage stamp. I’m sure there are people who’d watch TV shows and YouTube clips and movies, if they could, on their iPod but that’s not what I’d do. For me, it’s all about the music; the additional capacity will also let me download podcasts to listen to while I run.
Question: I’d like to get the clear silicone rubber case from PCMICROSTORE on Amazon, as well as the chargers. I haven’t been on the forum for many months, but I remember there were issues about what charger could be used.
Has anyone had any experiences with either the clear silicone case or their car and AC chargers?
I’d hate to fry my new little Clip. The recent reviews look good, but there are experts on this forum who might know whether their chargers are problematic.