I’ve used Sandisk mp3 players for five or so years now. For the last few of those, I’ve kept one for music and one for audiobooks and podcasts - a Fuse v1 and a Clip Zip respectively, both Rockboxed. A few weeks back my Zip took a dive into the washing up bowl. I thought about getting another Zip or Plus, then decided to try something new.
I read up on the Sport and the Jam, and it seemed like the concerns (song limit, main/card division) mostly applied to music listening. I thought the podcast and audiobook experience would be the same as previous Sandisk players. I bought a Jam. It seemed less fussy. More fool me.
I use WMP to synch files. Just make sure the genre was set appropriately, and they’d be loaded to the right folders under the Sansa firmware, allowing easy resumption and not losing my place. Rockbox would bookmark whatever I was playing anyway. They’d always be in the right order.
Now, using WMP with the Jam puts the files in the Music folder. I’ve tried moving them from the Music folder to Podcast/Audiobook, and also normal drag/drop straight to the folders, and nothing puts them in the right order. I’ve tried FatSort and DriveSort, both to no avail.
Where a podcast, or part of an audiobook, is longer than about 30 minutes, I can work with that by manually navigating to the next one in a series. It’s a pain and a faff and pretty much undoes any usefulness from having the bookmark/resume feature, but at that length of time, it is workable. But where shorter, and particularly where an audiobook has been ripped from a CD - so 25 tracks at 3 minutes each - or has been divided to match with book chapters (and so of varying length), it becomes essentially unusable.
Is there any hope of a fix in the future, or any workaround other than those I’ve tried? The sound quality is good, and the extra battery life appreciated.