WMP and SD card

The Sansa Clip+ is my first mp3 player and I have not previously used WMP, either. I had set up automatic syncing with WMP. I quickly filled up the 8gb internal memory and got an 8gb card, then continued adding music to my library in WMP. When I loaded the card into the Clip+ and then connected it so it would sync, none of my overflow of music transferred.

I’m confused about how best to get the music onto the card, and then how to keep the music organized. Should I forget about WMP and use drag and drop? Do I have to disable automatic sync? If I use manual sync, am I then going to have to try to keep track myself of which music is in internal memory and which is on the card? I was liking the automatic sync feature, and I’d hate to disable it if I don’t have to.

Thank you for any help you can offer.

em7 wrote:

The Sansa Clip+ is my first mp3 player and I have not previously used WMP, either. I had set up automatic syncing with WMP.

 

We hear that a lot. I’m sorry.

 

I quickly filled up the 8gb internal memory and got an 8gb card, then continued adding music to my library in WMP. When I loaded the card into the Clip+ and then connected it so it would sync, none of my overflow of music transferred.

 

Nope, it won’t.

 

I’m confused about how best to get the music onto the card, and then how to keep the music organized. Should I forget about WMP and use drag and drop?

 

Now you’re getting the idea.

 

Do I have to disable automatic sync?

 

Good plan.

 

If I use manual sync, am I then going to have to try to keep track myself of which music is in internal memory and which is on the card?

 

Yes, is that so hard? Btw, even with auto sync you’d still have to do this. WMP isn’t smart enough to know what you want to put in the internal memory and what you wan ton the card. You have to tell it.And no, it won’t automatically (despite the name) fill up onem then switch to the other.

 

I was liking the automatic sync feature, and I’d hate to disable it if I don’t have to.

 

You’re better off without it. It’s nothing but headaches.

 

Thank you for any help you can offer.

 

Forget about WMP. Forget about MTP mode. Forget about syncing. Drag & drop the files you want where you want.

em7 wrote:

The Sansa Clip+ is my first mp3 player and I have not previously used WMP, either. I had set up automatic syncing with WMP.

 

We
hear that a lot. I’m sorry.

 

I quickly filled up the 8gb internal memory and got an 8gb card, then continued adding music to my library in WMP. When I loaded the card into the Clip+ and then connected it so it would sync, none of my overflow of music transferred.

 

Nope, it won’t.

 

I’m confused about how best to get the music onto the card, and then how to keep the music organized. Should I forget about WMP and use drag and drop?

 

Now you’re getting the idea.

 

Do I have to disable automatic sync?

 

Good
plan.

 

If I use manual sync, am I then going to have to try to keep track myself of which music is in internal memory and which is on the card?

 

Yes, is
that so hard? Btw, even with auto sync you’d still have to do this. WMP
isn’t smart enough to know what you want to put in the internal memory
and what you want on the card. You have to tell it. And no, it won’t
automatically (despite the name) fill up one, then switch to the other.

 

I was liking the automatic sync feature, and I’d hate to disable it if I don’t have to.

 

You’re better off
without it. It’s nothing but headaches.

 

Thank you for any help you can offer.

 

Forget
about WMP. Forget about MTP mode. Forget about syncing. Drag & drop
the files you want where you want.

Thank you. I’ve been using WMP for the ease of including the song information, since I’m doing so much ripping from CDs right now. I presume I can continue to use it for that, but you advise that instead of doing any syncing at all with WMP, I’d be better off just using drag and drop to add files. Again, thank you so much for your help.

Yep, continue using WMP to organize your music, if you like.  (Personally, I just use a folder structure.)  And then just drag and drop/copy and paste from your computer’s music folders onto your Clip.  Really, it’s fast and easy (although I could see using WMP or other software for query-based transfers, such as “All songs from the 1950s,” rather than transfers of entire folders of music …).

It’s alright to use WMP to rip your CD’s, and it will fill in the ID3 tatgs pretty well. A lot of people do. There are better rippers out there though that use the best mp3 encoder, LAME. WMP uses the outdated (and some say inferior) Fraunhofer encoder. But it is convenient and easy to use.

Winamp uses the LAME encoder if you buy the gold version ($20); the free version won’t rip mp3’s. Media Monkey also uses it, and allows you to rip mp3’s for a ‘trial period’ of 30 days. You can however, download another copy of LAME and insert it so you can continue to use MM for ripping. DBPoweramp also has a free trial period, but you’ll have to buy it if you want to continue to use it. EAC (Exact Audio Copy) is also free.

The above are good alternatives to WMP but some are more difficult to learn and/or use. 

Thanks. I don’t understand at all how the encoding works; I’m happy to just press a button and get the file with no fuss. I am extremely **bleep** about the tags, however, and have been spending a lot of time correcting the information that is automatically added, and it seems easier to correct in WMP than going through the properties tab for each track. I’m assuming that all the rippers are getting the tags from the same database.

Sheesh. That bleeped out word took me by surprise, as it’s a perfectly acceptable word–starting with A and ending with L, and meaning picky and obsessively meticulous.

em7 wrote:

Thanks. I don’t understand at all how the encoding works; I’m happy to just press a button and get the file with no fuss. I am extremely **bleep** about the tags, however, and have been spending a lot of time correcting the information that is automatically added, and it seems easier to correct in WMP than going through the properties tab for each track. I’m assuming that all the rippers are getting the tags from the same database.

You would be assuming incorrectly then.

MP3TAG is an excellent (and free) dedicated tag editor. Much better than WMP.

Thanks so much for the recommendation. I’ve downloaded the program and it looks like it will be very useful.