Wow. What a painful journey this has been.
Don’t get me wrong - over the past few years I have liked my Sansa Fuze, however, I do have issues with claims of it being able to fully support a 32 GB external card.
I have an 8gb player and purchased a 32Gb microSDHC card after reading on the Sansa Fuze site that it will support one. Well, that is sort of a half-truth. The Sansa Fuze will support a 32GB, but not fully.
Yes, my player is from 2008 and still works fine, however, the firmware and player will not fully utilize the entire memory provided by an addtional 32 GB card when combined with the player’s internal 8Gb card.
I have editited tags to the bare minimum and my player has now topped out at about 6090 songs. And I have had to tweak this player all I knew in order to get it there. I had to quit using playlists and resort to using the names of artists and genres to act as pseudo-playlists. (For example, because I have a large number of songs from compilation cds, I found if you tagged your true favorites like 00 Springsteen or 00 Young, these will show up first on the Artist list; the same with Genre - 00 Zydeco, 00 Jazz, 00 Blues, et cetera). If you have too much data on the player, your playlists WILL disappear.
I’ve tried MTP and MSC to put music on the player, too. I did find you get more workable data on the player by use of MSC, but still, after getting to about 10 GB of space left, issues started to arise. Tag editing had to start and then songs would copy to the player, but not show up on the player. On top of that, use of Media Monkey shows the songs to be there; the player just does not notice them.
So my suggestion to people would be - STOP at a 16Gb card; a 24GB card would probably be the perfect limit, but this player will not FULLY utilize a 32 GB card (I guess maybe it would if you had a ton of classical songs logging it at 30 minutes long or something, but other than that, regular songs will not show up properly).
And if you want to go to a player that will hold a larger library…look for a different player.
I wish someone had of been able to tell me all this before hand because if I had of been told, I would have either sought a different player or maybe stuck with two Fuzes and two 16Gb cards and broke the music up by type or something.