If I COULD purchase new Clip Zip or Clip+ for a reasonable price, I would be absolutely delighted to do so. I would buy several. As I’m sure other longtime Clip users would.
But it seems that Sansa is no longer making the Zip or the Clip+. Or is that not the case?
The Zip is not offered at all on the shop.sandisk.com site, and all of the Clip+ models listed are “out of stock.”
The Clip models on Amazon (excluding the Sport and Jam) are extremely overpriced, I suspect, because they are all discontinued – a 4GB Clip+ is currently going for $98: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002MAPSC6/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk
From what I’m finding here in these forums, most users would prefer any previous Clip model over the Sport or the Jam – and for exactly this reason: many of us use our Clips to listen to music via subscription services like Rhapsody, and/or to listen to audiobooks, including those we get from our libaries via Overdrive.
But we can’t use Rhapsody or Overdrive with the only players you are currently making.
And that’s a shame. I feel like Sansa is actually contributing the decline in the use of mp3 players by making them unusable with Rhapsody and Overdrive. And that doesn’t make any sense to me. If you’re going to stay in the mp3-player business, why not make them compatible with those services?