Software/sync - Sansa Clip questions

http://www.sandisk.com/products/default.aspx?catid=1363

Does anyone have this unit and can offer answers on the following. I am an iTunes user with 30,000+ songs in my iTunes library. Have put hours into editing song names, band, etc. (I believe that stuff is called ID3 tag?):

  1. I assume Sansa Clip does not integrate with iTunes. Does it come with its own similar software that I can use to import/export songs from that software to the player? Because the MP3 file names on my hard drive are often non-sensical/don’t reflect ID3 info in file name, draggin from Windows explore to the Sansa Clip would be a major pain and likely kill this unit aas a choice for me.

  2. Any actual user experience with the Sansa Clip - good or bad - that you can offer?

Many thanks

@jt321 wrote:

  1. I assume Sansa Clip does not integrate with iTunes. Does it come with its own similar software that I can use to import/export songs from that software to the player? Because the MP3 file names on my hard drive are often non-sensical/don’t reflect ID3 info in file name, draggin from Windows explore to the Sansa Clip would be a major pain and likely kill this unit aas a choice for me.

 

I have no clue about iTunes and if the Clip works with it or not, but the Clip does not come with any software (at least my 8GB European version didn’t). However, if I understand you correctly - you have all your files tagged appropriately. These tags aren’t specific to iTunes or anything, they’re in the MP3 file and the Clip sorts your files according to tags, not folders.

There are a few pieces of software you can use to transfer your files, e.g. Winamp. If you don’t want any of those, you can still transfer your files via Explorer.

 

 

@jt321 wrote:

  1. Any actual user experience with the Sansa Clip - good or bad - that you can offer?

 

 

 I find it fantastic. Serves all my needs. Well, almost :wink: I like it a lot. I dunno if the FM radio is any good, haven’t tried it yet, but according to some reviews, it doesn’t get that good of a signal. But I can’t say anything about that. I might try it later tonight.

I read this review before I bought the clip, and I found it pretty accurate:

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/2007/10/sandisk-sansa-clip-review.php

Message Edited by Pyrazol on 11-09-2008 11:32 PM

Pyrazol - great reply very useful - thanks much. Two questions based on your experience and the review you referenced

    Re: in review " Playlists-Playlist must be managed from a media player such as Windows Media Player or the like. The Clip does have a “go list” which allows you to create one on-the-go playlist. It’s a common feature and defiantly great to have, but it would  have been nice to be able to save multiple playlists."

  1. I interpret the above as I can onyl make one playlist on the actually Clip itself? Please confirm?

  2. If I make * multiple* playlists in Windows Media Player, will those multiple playlists get sync’d into the Clip upon Sync?

Re: in review “Right angle headphone plugs get in the way of the volume controls on the right of the player.”

  1. Are the headphones that come packaged with the Clip right angle or straight?

Thanks again 

As you said, the “Go List” is a single playlist that you can create on the fly while using the Clip. When the Clip is connected to a PC, you can create any number of playlists (and, yes, they’ll be properly sync’ed from your media player of choice).

As for the stock headphones, they have a straight plug. I’ve also used right-angled ones, though, and had no real problem with them (even though they do get in the way sometimes).

What he said. I also use my own headphones, didn’t even unpack the ones that came with it :smiley: They have a right angle plug too, and I don’t find any trouble with it. And if they do get in the way, I just move 'em to the side and it’s all good. And I don’t regulate volume every 2 minutes either, so…

Great posts all - looks like I have found a new player. Thanks to all