It’s been just over 2 years since I posted about the playlist problems I had after buying a Sport. I basically abandoned the unit to a drawer and carried on using the Clip+ running Rockbox but now I am so tired of the small screen I decided to look at the Sport again.
I updated the firmware to v1.29 and synced a few playlists. Once again songs were missing from the playlist even though the songs were copied on to the player and I could play them via the folder.
I removed the card, put it in the Clip+ and the playlists show all songs. I removed the card, put it in my mobile phone and all the songs are shown. I tried a few different playlist formats, relative paths, different folder options and nothing works.
I returned to this forum and saw a few other people with a similar problem. How can this still be a problem after 2 years? How can Sandisk screw up something so simple?
I would continue with the Clip+ with Sandisk firmware but it takes too **bleep** long to refresh the library because of the large memory card I have. Just connecting it to sync a podcast takes almost 30 minutes after disconnecting to refresh the library. At least the Sport is a little faster.
Sure, I could play songs from folders on the Sport but that isn’t why I bought the **bleep** thing.
I like the Sandisk range, the sound is good and until I got my hands on a Sport I didn’t have a bad word to say. Now I have a choice to make and it looks like my choice is going to be a Fiio X1. I already own a couple of their portable amps which are superb.
I looked at the Fiio M3 but I read that it uses the same chip as the Sport so has the 4000 song limit. That isn’t a problem but the worry that the playlist problem will come with it scares me off even though I have not read any complaints about it anywhere.
So now, I’ll sell the two Sandisk units and it makes me a little sad because I doubt I’ll return any time soon as I tend to stay brand loyal unless there is a major issue.
I really miss iRiver!