09-02-2011 06:34 PM
Hi folks. I'm still using an old m250 but I find that don't listen to much music any more. I almost listen to podcasts exclusively now. For which the m250 is quite a painful companion. So two quick questions. I understand that the zip auto-bookmarks where you left off. 1.Do these bookmarks store even if I go and add a couple new podcasts which updates the library, or does it erase those bookmarks?
And 2. Whats the general fast forward speed on the zip? My m250 constantly loses my place in the midst of 90 minute tracks and it fast forwards at about 1:10, which is excruciating.
Thanks for the help folks!
09-02-2011 09:20 PM
I can only speak to this question as I do not fast forward. The bookmarks do stay, and by this I mean you can choose a podcast and resume playing where you left off even after adding more podcasts of the same type.
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09-03-2011 11:55 AM
Thanks conversionbox, that's good to know. Can you speak to whether the clip+ can do this as well? Still trying to decide whether I even need the zip over the plus. From what I can tell the plus was updated to handle podcasts in much the same way that the zip is now doing. Seems that some folks even prefer the older display on the plus over the colored art display of the zip. Tough call for me. I've also read that the sd card would protrude from the body of the plus a bit. I managed to find one picture that showed the plus with an sd card that was hanging out by about half the micro sd card! Surely this was just illustrating the usability of a micro sd card, and they don't actually protrude THAT much?
09-03-2011 12:19 PM - edited 09-03-2011 12:20 PM
Here's some pictures....Clip+ first
And here is the Clip Zip....
I'm no professional photographer, but i think you can see the difference there.
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09-03-2011 12:36 PM
Ah, thanks Marvin. I see the difference, but the plus isn't as bad as the one photo I saw. So that's a relief. The zip looks fantastic, but I may be leaning towards the plus because I think it's got me covered for my needs and costs a little less. From my browsing the boards and researching, it appears that both the zip and plus handle podcasts in the same way, I.e. Organization, auto bookmarking, etc. Is this true?
09-03-2011 12:44 PM
One thing to consider is, the firmware upgrade support that SanDisk will--and will not--be providing for the players: presumably, firmware upgrades will proceed for the Clip Zip, and will cease, at some point sooner, for the Clip+. If SanDisk brings back in a firmware upgrade for the Clip Zip's music what's playing screen the current track info. (time elapsed and time remaining, and track no./total tracks), I likely would recommend the Clip Zip over the Clip+ at this point, for new purchases--it's just the incremental advantages of getting the latest in the line (where, as here, the latest is not a devolution).
09-03-2011 12:52 PM
Good point milkerman, and that has occurred to me. Right now I just can't think of what they'd add to increase usability for my podcasts though. And by all accounts the plus is a fine device.
But, after all is said and done, we're only talking about a 10 dollar difference maybe. I may get the zip after all.
09-03-2011 01:04 PM
I think that, especially for podcasts, you're right--the Clip+ is just fine for that (and actually, still is a dang good player generally, along with my stylish favorite, the original Clip). I just wonder, for the small amount of extra $ (although, everything counts!), the other extra small options in the Clip Zip might be nice to have around--the time-of-day indicator, the FM radio RDS info., the aac support, even the multi-color screen and album art support. And who knows what might happen with firmware in the future--perhaps little with extra enhancements, but who knows (no inside information here)?
09-03-2011 06:22 PM
"Right now I just can't think of what they'd add to increase usability for my podcasts though. And by all accounts the plus is a fine device."
I can. The Clip+ and Clip Zip are nice devices, however I want variable speed playback with automatic pitch correction. I like listening to podcasts on my pc at 1.4 or 1.5x with automatic pitch correction (using Windows Media Player).