I bought the Fuze+ because I have been waiting for years to get a 50 GB or more solid state with radio and recording. 16 + 32 really just about does it for me. But like many here I’m stymied by the performance, poor scrolling, etc by this device. I’m staying current with the firmware, and I am finding lots of workarounds. For example, I am taking lots of genres that I like listening to at once and tagging them into the “artist” tag. This lets me listen to a group of like music from the Artist screen. The reason that this is so important is that it is hard to get the genre screen because you must go through the song screen which is horribly slow on a device with 48 gig of music.
The other big problem is the controls. It is not that they are too sensitive or a problem with tagging as many here say. These controls are excellent with very little media on the device. The sensitivity is another side effect of the unresponsiveness with a fully loaded large collecton. The device simply doesn’t time slice well and it doesn’t store it’s index in any rapidly accessible format.
I have other workarounds too, but the firmware is just not addressing the big picture. Just something so simple as allowing an alphabetic drill down (“A” to artists beginning with “A…” would be a huge win. I’m not one of those whiners that’s going to return the device or bash it (although I do wish that I had read the http://forums.sandisk.com/t5/Fuze/16Gb-Fuze-32Gb-uSDHC-collapses-when-loaded-up/td-p/206180 review with the Cowon J3 recommendation before purchasing the Fuze+). But I didn’t, I was so focused on getting the Fuze when it finally up’d the capacity that I didn’t research. Now I own the device and I’m retagging every few weeks and getting it to the point where I can live with it.
But what drives me crazy is that it’s all software and there’s no reason why this can’t be great. I had Rockbox on a really old 40 gig hard drive iRiver before this. Even though the Rockbox software for the iRiver was really primitive and unintuitive, I learned it and it was really efficient. It just did the job. I’ve seen it on iPods and other modern devices and it really is friendly and I think that it would be awesome on the Fuze+.
So… does anybody know if Rockbox for the Fuze+ is on the horizon?