12-12-2007 02:05 PM
It seems that several people would like to have a folder view in the clip. Sandisk has been great so far with firmware updates for MSC and other things, though I have the impression that this might be harder to do. Sandisk, if you can, please add this feature. It would be very useful for podcasts - I currently use Juice/Allways Sync to get podcasts onto the Clip, however many of them get "lost", and aren't showing up in the Podcast genre. So I have to rummage around for them. However I keep them all in the a folder cleverly called "Podcast", so that would be make it very easy.
12-18-2007 05:22 AM
The clip is a great little device and it would be a shame to see it held back by this. Organising files with folders is the primary way most people think about file organisation. For the Clip's target market -- normal people, not propellerheads -- to fix and standardise all their ID3 tags is just asking too much.
Great work, otherwise, Sansa!
12-18-2007 06:03 AM - edited 12-18-2007 06:05 AM
Message Edited by PromisedPlanet on 12-18-2007 09:05 AM
12-18-2007 07:04 AM
I agree with the poster above--I think that the "average" music player user operates by database, not folders.
However, for players with smaller capacity especially, I think that folders are just such an easy user interface, that a player like the Clip should have the feature. Although that smaller capacity likewise doesn't make using the database system a big hindrance. But it would be nice.
12-18-2007 08:58 AM
I've left out some ID3 tag info on my Sansa Clip and the database just created an "unknown" category for that item. So it does handle some missing items with grace.
Having used folder and database organized MP3 players, I find database much more useful. The only time folders (and sub-folders) might be useful is for hard drive MP3 players with, say, 40 GB of storage. A 2 GB Clip holds about 500 songs or 50 albums but on a a 40 GB device there can be 1000 albums so the branching structure of folders and sub-folders would be better.
For a 2 GB clip, the database using ID3 tags is perfect.
12-18-2007 11:34 AM - edited 12-18-2007 11:36 AM
Message Edited by PromisedPlanet on 12-18-2007 02:36 PM
12-24-2007 12:11 AM
I think folders should be an option. Yes, many times songs have "albums" tags. OK. But some legal, home-ripped music does not. If you've made a library w/o Album tags (you used folders) then it's an army of work to add album tags. I had a Zen Nano Plus which used folders. Within a folder, the Nano Plus sorted by track (if not empty) or file name (if track = empty). It worked fine. A folder also lets you put things together which are not songs - episodes of a talk show, etc. If you can sort by Artist, Album, etc, it seems like a small step to sort by Folder as another option.
12-24-2007 07:36 AM
Just use one of the ID3 editing programs to put the folder name in the "genre" field. Then you will have a browse by folder solution.
You can also edit the ID3 tag by right clicking on the track and editing the extended properties.