10-01-2009 11:23 AM
The card is not SD, it is microSD. You can load music on the card with a separate card reader, or while it is in the player. The player also has internal memory (models from 2 to 8 GB) and does not require a card.
I don't have a shuffle, but AFAIK the main similarity is the size. The clip+ has FM, recording, a DISPLAY, some control over what songs you listen to, and the memory slot.
10-01-2009 05:01 PM
You can download music to the Clip+ from whatever source you have, including free music sites. The Clip+ will accept unprotected music as well as DRM'ed music. You can download directly to the Clip+ if it is connected to your computer, or first to your computer and then to the Clip+ (I think most people do it the second way, so that they have a copy of the music on their computer, in case something goes wrong with the music on the Clip).
Accessories: that's easy, there are none yet. The Clip+ has a built in clip, and so can be clipped to your shirt, your pants pocket, your dog's collar, etc. You also can purchase a generic velcro armband and clip it to that. A few companies made cases for the original Clip (one silicone, one leather, one neoprene rubber) and I think it likely that someone will do so for the Clip+ in the next few months (the Clip+ only recently came out). Generic-y AC chargers (plus from the likes of Belkin, Griffin, DLO, Macally, etc.) can be used with the Clip+, available all over, as long as they are 5V (the norm for AC USB chargers); likewise, generic car chargers are readily available. Finally, you can use a patch cable (available all over) to go from the headphone jack of the Clip+ to the input jack of speakers.
The newest Shuffle is great if you want the smallest of players (it's the size of many headphone in-line volume controls) and don't care about a display, fm radio, recording ability, or memory expandability (all of which the Clip+ has). The Clip+ also will let you use a Rhapsody "all-you-can-eat" music subsciption, and Audible audiobooks. For me, the Clip+ is a nice cross of small and usability (more so than the Shuffle--I want a screen for navigation and informational purposes). And no special software is needed for the Clip+--you simply can drag and drop music to it. (By the way, it also is less expensive than the Shuffle, for more memory.)
10-04-2009 09:59 PM
Thank you;excellent information.one more thing,for the clip+,what style of ear buds come with it?can you chose
different ones? does scan disk have a picture of them on there site?
10-04-2009 10:26 PM
The Clip+ comes with earbuds that sit in the outside of the ear but don't enter. I think I've read that they are fine enough to start with, but, quite candidly, I've never used them, given the availability of very nice earphones of various types at attractive prices nowadays--I think that this investment is very worthwhile. The earphones that come with the Clip are standard--there is no choice as to type/style. But, as noted above, easily replaced by you with earphones of your choice.
An image: http://www.amazon.com/Clip-Plus-MP3-Player-Black/dp/B002MAPS6W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1254720018&sr=8-2
10-05-2009 09:46 AM
The supplied earbuds with the Sansa are pretty decent, compared against many readily available types. I find that they have a warm balance with pleasant bass, compared against many other "off the shelf" types. Many users never use them, opting instead to use a favorite pair with their Clip.
Managing your music, audio books, and podcasts is simple with the Sansa. You can simply "drag and drop" the audio files to the connected device, or use any one of many available applications, Windows Media Player being the most readily available, to keep track of your music.
Many users use applications like Media Monkey or Winamp to handle the task, or services like Napster or Rhapsody to transfer subscription music. The Clip is happy with all of these. Which one you will use, or even a combination of all the above, is up to you; one isn't limited to a sole application to enjoy the Sansa.