Menu missing audio books

The menu on my new Clip+ doesn’t show any folders but Music and I can’t play my Audible books.  I looked at the user menual online and altho it mentions audio settings, it doesn’t tell me how to get the menu to list the books.  I am SO sick of buying products that don’t work out of the box.  No reviewer I read mentioned this; I don’t think they really use the products they review, as oversight of weaknesses in products is common.  Ranting because I’m TIRED OF THIS SPIT.

Anyway, can someone please tell me how to access my audio book files?

The audiobook and podcast menu choices are submenus within the music menu. Don’t ask me why Sandisk programmers think that audiobooks and podcasts are types of music. :slight_smile: Imo these should have their own menu choices in the main menu.

Message Edited by JK98 on 01-08-2010 11:37 AM

Thanks!  And to add to Sansa Guru’s comments, the poor program design means I have to scroll and scroll and scroll past many many music-related items to get to the Audiobooks folder.  Without his/her help I never would have found it on my own. This will be a major annoyance.

As you can see, I’m still bad-termpered about the whole thing.  What weighs enough to keep me from returning the device is that otherwise I like everything about it - the screen is pleasant to look at and easy to read, the sound is excellent, controls well-designed compared to two other devices I’ve owned, price reasonable, volume surprising for such a small device and that matters a lot to me because I’m deaf in one ear and can’t hear out of the other - well, partially, anyway.  Enough to make poor volume a major problem.

So I’m not a complete curmudgeon.  Anyway, thanks again SG.  

Many other players don’t even have a separate area for podcasts or for audiobooks, and if you put those on those players and try to shuffle all your music, podcast and audiobook tracks will randomly start playing between songs. Many other players also won’t remember your place in an audiobook or podcast file if you play some music, then go back to the audiobook or podcast. The Clip+ and Fuze will remember the place though. I know this is frustrating. There are even some mp3 players by other makers that won’t play low bitrate files. Like it or not, the mp3 player makers don’t realize how many people listen to podcasts, audiobooks, or lectures on mp3 players. I am still waiting for a player with variable speed playback and automatic pitch correction from a half to double speed like Windows media player does. I don’t want to have to buy a netbook or a recorder that might not have such great music playing ability to get this.

JK98 wrote:
I am still waiting for a player with variable speed playback and automatic pitch correction from a half to double speed like Windows media player does.

 . . . and has an AM/FM HD radio, powered by a AA or AAA battery that lasts 60 hours or more, has an full-size SDXC card slot, navigates by a choice of folders or ID3 tags, a low powered monochrome display that is on all the time the player is on, and can power headphones up to 100 or perhaps even 150 or 200 ohms.

Edit: Almost forgot . . . and fits in a typical shirt pocket.

imo :stuck_out_tongue:

Message Edited by Tapeworm on 01-09-2010 10:46 AM

Uh, this big thing?

I personally would like an audiobooks icon in the main GUI, but that’s just my own preference.  Adding the SR icon ruffled plenty of feathers. Audiobooks and Podcasts are organized under the blanket “Music” choice, referring to all audio files.

µsansa

“I personally would like an audiobooks icon in the main GUI, but that’s just my own preference. Adding the SR icon ruffled plenty of feathers. Audiobooks and Podcasts are organized under the blanket “Music” choice, referring to all audio files.”

How about having the Slotradio choice in the main menu only when a Slotradio card is in the player, and only having the Audiobook and Podcast choices in the main menu when there are files in the audiobook or podcast folders(respectively) in either the main memory or card memory?

As for player size, the obsession with anorexic players that are too thin to have enough battery life is not a welcome trend. Players that are too small have too few buttons that are too small, and are too easily lost. Imo as long as a player can comfortably fit in a shirt pocket it is small enough. The Clip+ would be so much more convenient if it was 50% thicker and had 29 hours of battery life. I hope Sandisk is studying the feasibility of releasing a second version of the Clip+ for those who want more battery life. The main complaint about the Clip+ is the short battery life. Imo very small mp3 players should have around 30 hours of battery life, and mid sized ones should have 50-100 hours of battery life.

The main complaint as to battery capacity is by those who have that issue–for many others, 10-15 hours is just fine, given the size.  Of course, more capacity is great, but size is always a trade-off.  And the Clip by no means is a current Apple Shuffle in terms of minuscule size.

" 10-15 hours is just fine, given the size"

Having a smaller player doesn’t decrease the need for battery life.

We should do a poll here to see how many people would prefer a Clip+ LP, ie a version of the Clip+ that is 50% thicker but gives around 30 hours of battery life. I would love to buy one of these.

And that’s why you plug it in if you’ve used it for a full day.   :wink:

I think an LP version would be just fine for those who want a bigger but longer-playing Clip.  Even better, perhaps, could be a clip-on auxiliary battery pack:  just clip it on to the back of the clip. 

My assumption is that if there’s a next iteration of the Clip, the battery capacity will increase, one way or another–it’s just the way things go, goven the pressures of the market.