So, having bought and used an 8gb Clip+ for some months, I have finally run into some deal-breaking trouble with this little mp3-player.
Having filled the player’s own memory with most of my music collection, I’ve gotten hold of a 4gb memory card to make room for the remaining songs. I got it for free from a relative of mine who got it with his brand new Sony cellphone (and who quickly got himself a larger card). I’ve formatted my 4gb card using FAT32 and 32 byte… mmm… well… you know what I mean.
The thing is, the music on the card behaves in weird and erratic ways. Not always, as I can listen to several songs at times without encountering any trouble. Usually, though, I’m KO’d by the following problems popping up without any forewarning, either at the start of a session or during one:
 The fast play-through.
This is a problem, usually encountered at the start of a session, where the songs do not play, but rather swoosh by in a number-counting fashion. “Song #1, song #2, song #3, and so forth.” Bang, bang, bang! No music, just a “number counter” counting up the number of songs on an album or of an artist.
 The garbled sound.
Some times the sound becomes slow and garbled, followed by a halt in the playing. Then the whole song stops and can’t be played again. Neither can I jump to another song in that list. Often, the player itself seems slow/sluggish/laggy when this has happened, moving slowly between the menus. If I shut down the player and go back on, the song will often still not play.
 The home button threat.
Sometimes I get hints at problem #2, only to not have it all happen. It just hints at it by messing up the sound a little bit when I press the home button.
The player has gotten the latest firmware. I know the mp3s put on the card are fine, because they’ve been ripped from my CD-collection using the same method over and over again, and put into a system using Mp3tag. And they work on my PC. And the other ones work on the player’s own memory. To me, there is clearly something not right with the use of the memory card. But what it is, I have NO idea. The erratic behavior is really puzzling to me. It’s as if the problems described are more diverse than I’ve written down, having more quirks and twists than can be remembered. And this is all extremely annoying. As I say: A deal-breaker.
I really want to fix this problem, as I like the player because of its size and simplicity. Having to buy another brand will also be a costly affair.
Can somebody help?