I spoke too soon about Windows Media Player.
Synchronizing a podcast playlist, WMP took longer than usual to update my daily news…and I found out why: it ate my clip’s brain!!
I think this is probably (hopefully) a unique experience. My Rhapsody Channels were turned into playlists. I tried restoring the channels data in the PC, and everything was fine…until today. The clip had no channel option, my account ID would not display…what a mess.
First repair: use the format command.
Next, with the recent firmware update, switch the clip to MSC mode.
Downloaded a new copy of firmware 01.01.20a: -Note: I found that the Sansa Firmware Updater will not manually pull another copy of the latest firmware if the version number matches the clip’s current build. That’s fine, as its primary design is to update, not repair.
Thanks to advice here, I manually installed a new copy of the firmware (dragged into the root directory of the clip); unplug, and we’re back in business!
When restarting the clip, it defaults to auto detect on the USB connection. Perfect for reloading my music, Audible books, and Channel music, as these are all DRM files.
To date, this is the most involved procedure I have worked through on the Sansa. A quick look at the file tree on the device prior to the workthrough showed that I had duplicate Rhapsody and Service folders. Windows media player generated a phantom playlist as well.
Again, my thanks to everyone here in showing me the ropes, working with the Clip!