SanDisk User
Posts: 48
Registered: ‎11-19-2008

Re: Fuze in Hebrew

thanks for the info - why would it need to be UTF-16? UTF-8 not enough? I use Linux though so these windows programs won't work - unless I will try to use them under WINE or VirtualBox.....

The funny thing is that before the firmware upgrade I could see the letters... strange..

I will try your ideas though. 

Posts: 16
Registered: ‎11-06-2008

Re: Fuze in Hebrew

The issue of UTF16 and UTF8 is a problem in the ID3 "standard".


ID3v1 really doesn't support Unicode, it's supposed to always be written with the Windows Western Europe encoding. So, no Hebrew support with ID3v1.


ID3v2 does support Unicode, with ID3v2.2 and ID3v2.3 using UTF16-encoding, and ID3v2.4 using UTF8. I guess that some broken tagging programs allow writing UTF8 to ID3v2.2 or ID3v2.3 or, just as bad, writing UTF16 to ID3v2.4. My guess is that your tagging program writes such incorrect data and that this is the cause of your problems.


If you make sure that your tagging program writes the correct UTF-encoding to the appropriate ID3v2 tags you should be fine. Check the configuration of your tag editor, or maybe try another one.

SanDisk User
Posts: 48
Registered: ‎11-19-2008

Re: Fuze in Hebrew- FRUSTRATED

I have an 8GB FUZE - I have the Hebrew firmware - 01.01.15h ALREADY installed... the problem is that all the music I upload either comes up with garbled tags or the hebrew is backwards - like instead of ABC shows up as CBA - as Hebrew goes right to left - I noticed the same problem in your language menu - that the word Hebrew shows up in Hebrew as werbeH - is there a way to correct this - I could manually flip all my tags but that would mean having to have 2 copies of all my songs one for play on the computer with the tags correct and another copy for the FUZE BACKWARDS... this doesn't seem to make sense.

Any ideas?

Posts: 2
Registered: ‎10-29-2008

Re: Fuze in Hebrew- FRUSTRATED

[ Edited ]
I agree with nech770,


I found the fuze a great player for my needs BUT :

after using the new firmware fuze01.01.15h ( Thank for trying to fix the problem )  I still have problems :

- GIBBERISH in some songs

- some of the translated text that used in the menus are not currect by there meanings ( like pictures options are translated

    in the meanning of filming option )

- the navigation become slower even more in the music optin menu (during playing)

   maybe it is because the output is in Hebrew and it means to display in the direction of LTR and not RTF  .


for now I prefer to use the English language in the device and for my Hebrew songs that are saved in my fuze

-I will still change the tags .

-I will still save the songs another place in my computer because there tags are change to backwards .


with a degree in engineering I know :

the problem that me and the other users of the Hebrew language suffer 

is a minor thing to fix , it should not take long depressing hours ( come on a software bug ?? ) for sandisk workers.


if you sell the fuze in Israel at least make the device user friendly for the Israeli consumers .


Hope that the problem will be fixed in the next firmware and sorry for my English .


Message Edited by uvalh on 12-08-2008 09:30 PM
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎01-05-2009

Re: Fuze in Hebrew- FRUSTRATED

...Not even a comment from sansa's Representatives.

I also have a Hebrew problem, my sansa shows it backward after changing the IDtag format.

If I would have known the fuze can't show Hebrew I would have buy another player.


I will post a warning, so you wont have to ignore any more "pasty" costumers.

And avcourse to make sure no one else gets disappointed with the Sansa Fuze. 


Posts: 1
Registered: ‎05-06-2009



After searching for solution for Hebrew I can advice for the following steps that could assist to solve the problem:

When your Sansa is log of from the computer do the following :

1.       Open your Sansa and roll till you reach  : SETTING  ,  click on it

2.       In the new window roll to : SYSTEM SETTING  , click on it

3.       in the new window roll to : USB MODE , click on it

4.       in the new window chose the : MSC  , click on it (maybe your Sansa is already is in that mode-Its O.K )

5.       Press on the "HOME" icon to go back to the main menu


We are ready for the next step


6.        Connect your Sansa to the USB cable and plug it to the computer

7.       After the computer recognize your Sansa , copy the following link :

 Hebrew - Amos Romano


The link will download to your computer file that contain the Upgrade for Hebrew


8.After downloading you will need to extract the file to your computer.

9.When you finish to extract, take the new open file that you receive and copy it to the main file of Sana

10.Disconnect the Sansa from the Computer

11. You will see on your screen the following : Upgrading FirmWare

12. The Sansa will reset automatically

13. Open the Sansa and roll down till you find : תירבע

14. Congratulations you can read Hebrew in your Sansa


Amos Romano



SanDisk Professor
Posts: 431
Registered: ‎09-28-2008

Re: Hebrew

The Hebrew works fine on the latest firmware, there is no need to download such old firmware.
Posts: 497
Registered: ‎01-19-2009

Re: Hebrew

Indeed, please note the post dates on this thread.  It started last year.


The current firmware includes improved ID3 v2.3 plus new ID3 v2.4 support.



Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-21-2009

Re: Hebrew

I followed the instructions. No Updating occured (and no Hebrew file names) !??