Sansa Clip Zip. Updated firmware today to 21a.
The MP3 can be found at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzzWvVASPpXSTmtkSy1fM0F5OW8/edit?usp=sharing
I would have sent you a short MP3, but when updating the playlists, the player apparently ignores short files ( @#$@#$# WHY???), so I couldn’t tell if my short MP3 would also crash the player.
This MP3 was created with the avconv utility on XUbuntu Linux 12.04. I have created lots of MP3s using the ffmpeg utility on Puppy Linux v5 and they have all worked fine in this player. However the overwhelming majority (but not all) of the MP3s created by XUbuntu 12.04 either cause the player to lock up or to restart. If I use Puppy Linux v5 to re-encode the MP3, the player will play it.
My first thought was that there was a defect in XUbuntu’s software. However I took an MP3 that crashes the player and successfully played it in these environments:
* Puppy Linux v5
* Windows XP Media Player
* Windows ME Media Player and WinAmp Media Player
* LUbuntu Linux 13.04
Usually the player crashes right as soon as I start playing the MP3, BUT NOT ALWAYS. In a couple of instances there have been files that crashed the player in the middle or at the very end of a tune.
Changing the header format to ID3v2.3 didn’t help. Nor did changing the header format to ID3v1. Removing the metadata doesn’t help either. In one case I did get a change of behavior (restart instead of lock up) when I switched from ID3v2 to ID3v1, but that could be just a random manifestation of another error.
So, I tried to switch to Ogg/flac format. No luck there either. Placing such a file on the player caused it to lock up while updating the playlist. Ogg/vorbis format seems to work OK.