A large part of my mp3 collection has been encoded in VBR and I recently had to move my collection from my faithful archos (whose screen died) to my wife’s ipod. Unfortunately the bloody thing does not seem to be able to read those properly and my vbr files get truncated before the end of the songs. It is extremely frustrating and I am ready to toss the Apple crap by the window and get a Fuze. Before I do that, I would like to know if the Fuze is better at handling VBRs or if I will have the same problem (which never ever happened on my archos).
Thanks in advance for your feedback.
I have all kinds of VBR on my Fuze, and Clips…works great!
No problems here, either, with VBR. I use Exact Audio Copy and LAME to rip to 192kbps VBR, and never had a problem with them playing on my Fuze. Could it be your ripper?
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Before I do that, I would like to know if the Fuze is better at handling VBRs or if I will have the same problem (which never ever happened on my archos).
I’ve got >2000 MP3 VBR tracks on my Fuze, and they work fine.
You may run up against problems with the ID3 tag info, depending on what version of tags are in your existing library. Sansa players have historically been a bit fussy - ID3v2.3 with ISO8859-1 characters seem to work best, although the lastest firmware also supports v2.4 tags now.
You can use applications like Mp3Tag to change the version of the tags in your entire library in one hit, so it’s not a major issue - just something to be aware of when moving your existing library to a Fuze.