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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released

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@Miikerman wrote:

@mmhmjanssen wrote:
Are you being cynical or is the Zip or Clip+ really a good product? Which one is better? I really would like to have a player that is reliable, doesn't need hours to startup or refresh its database, works with today's (fast) microSD cards etc.

I in fact like the Clip+ and Zip, and they are my go-to players.  But do note:  they both like the "slower" microSD cards (Class 4 and below) and do have a lengthier refresh--but it is minutes (although sometimes 30 for me), not hours. 


Rockbox seems to solve these issues as well as others on the Clip Zip. Rockbox refreshes in the background. People report that cards faster than class 4 work fine in the Clip Zip when running Rockbox. All my cards are class 4, so I haven't personally tried faster cards in it. With Rockbox installed the Clip Zip is great, except for the battery life. 

 

 

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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released

Way true.  And, in fact, people have reported no issue (and I otherwise haven't heard of any) using a Rockboxed Clip with a 128GB microSDXC Card.   Now THAT is a good thing!   Smiley Happy

 

And as to battery life, tha's being tinkered with at present, and so some gains there seem likely as well (with Rockbox, that is).

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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released

Are you recommending that I use the Rockboxed Clip instead of the clip sport firmware

 

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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released

I guess he is trying to advise people to buy a Clip+ and Rockbox it, instead of buying a Clip Sport. 

I have the Clip Sport, as well as Rockboxed Clip+, and Rockboxed Clip Zip players. After using Rockbox Clip+ and Rockbox Clip Zip, when I turn on the Clip Sport I feel like something very important is missing when I can't boot it up into Rockbox. 

 

 

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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released


@drkgs51 wrote:

Are you recommending that I use the Rockboxed Clip instead of the clip sport firmware

 


It depends on what you want.  If you want the longest battery charge possible and that is most important to you, the Sport is the way to go.

 

But, the Sport has limitations in the face of the earlier Clip players:  a much more limited database in terms of the number of songs that can be maintained in the database (but you still can access all the music under the player's separate folders option), truncated names on the player's display, no option to use the 3rd-party Rockbox firmware, no ability to play DRM'ed files (such as from a library).  Personally, I find these limitations, well, limiting, apart from in some more limited applications (like exercising), and prefer the earlier Clip+ and Clip Zip players, which don't have these limitations (but which do have shorter battery charges--but I can live with a 10-15 hour charge, recharging overnight).   

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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released

Many want much more than 15 hours of battery life. On another website there is great excitement about a player with 90 hours of battery life. We don't expect 90 hour battery life in a tiny clip on player though. Many of us expected the new model to be a Clip Zip but with a larger capacity battery and a larger screen. I guess Sandisk decided this would cost too much to make, and that it would probably also need a stronger clip to hold the extra weight. 

 

I hope Sandisk makes a new version of the Fuze, built around the circuitry and processor  in the Clip Zip, and with controls like on the Clip Zip, but with 50+ hours of battery life, and a screen at least as large as that of the original Fuze, or perhaps a screen the size of the one on the Fuze+. I hope it will be similar enough to the Clip Zip so that adapting the Clip zip firmware for it should be simple, and hopefully we will see Rockbox available for it soon after it is released.

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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released

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How about a release that recognizes Windows Media Player WPL format.  It would be so much easier to worrk with and I don't have to create a seperate file and copy a couple hundred songs from 60 different folders into one so i can create a M3U play format.  Who's stupid idea was this in the first place.  All the other mp3 players accept WPL.  Why not the sport?

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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released

I lost my old Zip recently, and decided to get a new one at Best Buy (it was nearby...).  As you might guess, they offer the Clip Sport instead.  The Zip wasn't prefect, but it fulfill most of what I needed for listening to Podcasts and Audioboks.  I figured the Clip Sport would be more or less the same as the Zip.   Boy, was I wrong!   As far as I am concerned, the Clip Sport  is a big step back in terms of usability (just read all the comments from this year).    I am going to return it for a refund.  SanDisk, if you are listening: for your own sake (if you want to stay in this business), fix the firmware!

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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released

I've been checking back weekly if not daily to see when the next firmware update is going to happen as I have been underwhelmed thus far. 

Can we get a ballpark figure (if not an exact date) that they're shooting for?  If I may make a suggestion, I'd try to do something before x-mas season so people are more inclined to buy them as gifts.

 

Also, what exactly are they making attempts to change?  I realize that there may find there are things that can't be fixed or changed, but it would be nice to know what Sansa thinks it's worth putting the effort towards.

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Re: SanDisk Clip Sport Firmware 1.17 released

The last I heard, months ago, was that it was in the works--but no word since . . . .