The Fuze software isn’t gapless with any kind of card.* And if you add music to the card, it has to refresh when it powers up so it can find the music.
The more you put on the card, the longer it is going to take to refresh. Bigger cards can hold more files to refresh. But it only refreshes after you add new material–so if you’re worried about that, turn the unit on after you load it, let it refresh, and it will be ready with no refresh when you want to grab it and go.
You’re not going to accelerate the process with a superfast card because it’s reading, not writing.
Someone HAS just suggested that video playback may be improved by a faster card (see the Newbie’s Guide thread nearby). I’ve asked if anyone has problems there with class 2 cards, since I don’t use video, so if you’re planning to look at videos on that little screen, you might want to take a look at that thread and see if there are any responses. I don’t think it should matter for playback–that’s also reading, not writing–but I don’t know.
I doubt that the gap between mp3s depends on the class of the card. I use a class 2, and while the gap is there, it’s not long–a fraction of a second at most. Less than the gap between typical album tracks, and only a hiccup between tracks that segue.
What can increase the gap is bad tags that make the Fuze struggle to read multiple versions of the same tag. Get mp3tag and when you install it have it add itself to Context menus (a check as you install). Under Tools/Options/Tags/Mpeg set it to Read everything, Write only ID3v2.3 ISO-8859-1 and Remove everything else (IDv1, APE, etc.).
When you have ripped an album, right-click on it, open it with mp3tag, highlight everything and (under Tools) run the Auto-Numbering Wizard to get track numbers 01,02, etc. Get rid of anything in the Comments field ( choose <blank> ) and any weird characters in any other field. The more streamlined the tags are, the faster the Fuze reads and loads. Save the tags (under File) and you’ll have shiny neat Fuze-loving tags.
*(A v1 Fuze can play gapless with Rockbox, an alternate software from www.rockbox.org. Look in Settings/System Settings/Info to see if the firmware version begins with a 1.x . If it begins with a 2, it’s a different piece of hardware that Rockbox hasn’t figured out yet.)
Message Edited by Black-Rectangle on 12-24-2009 07:31 AM