man this sucks!!
i bought the sansa fuze expecting to be able to fully load it by evening,but than (after too much of extra research) found out that i can only upload MP3 files on it!which means i must change all of my CDs into MP3 files (i don’t know why,but they’re coming in differently) …
is it really the only way to do? or did i do something wrong?
The box the Fuze comes in lists the supported file tyes. Did you not read it? Although, SanDisk has added FLAC & OGG support since so those formats may not be listed. Even if you didn’t want to pull out your reading glasses, it clearly states on the front of the box that the Fuze is an MP3 player. From this description, would you really assume it would play any other format than .mp3? The fact that it does is indeed a bonus and is a salute to SanDisk’s efforts to engineer their player to be used & enjoyed by the vast majority of people. The box (and all documentation, on or off-line) also lists the minimum system requirements; one of which is Windows Media Player 10.
Apple has a proprietary format in their AAC. Only their own family of ‘pods’ will recognize and play this format. Also CD’s come in .cda format. These also must be converted to a usable format, but are very simple to do with the afore-mentioned Windows Media Player. There are other media players out there that will do this too, but the better ones cost $, whereas WMP comes included as part of Windows for free. And if you have a valid/legitimate copy of Windows, you should be able to upgrade to Vers. 10 or 11 for free, even if you only have Vers. 9.
When you mentioned ‘validating’ something, probably what is happening is that Microsoft’s site needs/wants to scan & ‘validate’ that you have a legitimate and not pirated version of Windows before it will allow you to update your copy of the Media Player. It takes a few minutes, but is one of those necessary evils you have to put up with when dealing with Microsoft.
The term ‘ripping’ refers to basically ‘recording’ the CD, but during the process also converts the .cda format to one more versatile, like .mp3. As mentioned, the Fuze will play other formats, but .mp3 is the most universally used. You may also see the term ‘burning’ used (like in WMP). This is basically the opposite of ripping. ‘Burning’ is creating a CD, either by copying an existing one, or ‘burning’ .mp3 files to a CD. So ‘ripping’ is copying from a CD, ‘burning’ is copying to a CD.
I know the most exciting thing when getting a new electronic ‘toy’ is to use it right away, but if this is your 1st portable music player since a Walkman, then there’s a learning curve, so expecting to fill it up in just a few hours is probably not possible for most people. Better to slow down and do it right the 1st time, rather than fudging it all up and having to re-do everything later.
Luckily, you have come to the right place to answer any & all of your questions and to ‘convert’ yourself into a self-made MP3 & Fuze expert in no time. Most all questions have already been asked and answered, so it’s just a matter of reading and/or using the ‘search’ function. But there are also many helpful people here who will explain things as well.
I would suggest 3 places to start and refer back to them as necessary:
The User’s Guide. It’s usually not included in the box, but having it on-line means it can be updated when firmware updates change things.
- The Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQ. While they haven’t yet included this at the top of the Fuze board yet, you can check the e 200 series board here for it. All the hints in it also pertain to the Fuze.
The Firmware Update and Release Notes. SanDisk is very pro-active when it comes to updating the firmware (software that runs the player), fixing bugs and enhancing the player with new features and functions. You should update your player as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. Being a member of this community, you’ll hear of any new updates coming and what improvements are expected in the release.
I know you’ll enjoy your new toy once you understand a bit more about it. There are literally hundreds of others here who are also ‘addicted’ to them.