My spouse and I each bought a SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 4GB at different stores on the same day. We plan to keep only one and the packaging is slightly different so after a brief purchase background I have a few questions as to any differences between the two so as to solicit advice as to which to keep and which to return.
Both units were priced the same, both have the same UPC, and the return polices/warranties for both stores appear to be identical. The color of each is identical (black) and the copyright year for the packaging on the rear is 2010 for both, that is: © 2010 SanDisk Corpation. We have not broken the seal on either packaging box and do not plan to to facilitate the return of one.
I purchased my unit at H.H.Gregg here in the U.S. and the number above the identical UPC is:
And below the UPC is the number:
My spouse purchased at Best Buy and the number above the UPC is:
And below the UPC is:
Further, the one purchased at H.H.Gregg indicates “Rhapsody software” and the Rhapsody logo underneath “Quick start guide” in the column of “Contents” on the left side of the box whereas the one purchased at Best Buy has no mention of Rhapsody on the exterior of the box. And except for a white banner with “Sansa Clip+ 4 GB” on the face at bottom of the box purchased at Best Buy, the packaging type, graphics and colors seem to be identical. Both made in China.
Does anyone know of any slight differences between the two?
Does the one contain Rhapsody software and the other not and if so is the inclusion of this software an extra benefit? (Never used Rhapsody but my understanding is that it is similar to iTunes? Any opinions about it welcome, though I’ve never used iTunes and may not a similar service. Does the software take up extra space and is it difficult to remove if I don’t want it?)
3. I suspect the number above ending in “-A57B” (that is, with a “B” versus the one without it) indicates Sansa units shipped to and sold through Best Buy, hence the “B”. Is this correct?
4. However, what might describe the difference between the two bottom numbers, the middle parts of which are “-09570-” and “-09564-”? Is the “-09570-” a slightly later model? (Again, the “-09570-” is the one from HHGregg, without any indication of Rhapsody.)
5. Which would you keep, or is this just a case of flip a coin?
Sorry for the nit-picky questions, but I recall reading some interest in different hardware version numbers with other Sansa units and the desireability of one over the other and wondered whether there might be an updated hardware version at play here as well.
Thanks for your time!
Edited to correct a typo:
The first number for the unit purchased at Best Buy should have a “B” appended on the end, as I wrote under “MY QUESTIONS.” That is:
Edit #2 to correct a typo:
“column” vs. “colum”