03-10-2009 04:11 AM
Hello gang I am new to these Sansa fuse forums and I was wondering does the fuse support the AAC format? I ask this because recently purchased DRM free music tracks from itunes music store, so after the download I transferred the tracks to the fuse. I unplugged the player from the transfer cable and let the player do its thing and to my dissappointment the player did not see my purchased tracks. I then did some research in the sansa support page and found a spread sheet with the supported audio codecs for the fuse and it has AAC as being supported on the fuse. What has everyone's experience with this? I did find a workaround for this problem which was to convert the purchased tracks to mp3 format in itunes, but that solution is not ideal for dealing with albums.
Running on Macbook Pro
Sansa fuse 4GB Blue model
usb mode MSC
03-10-2009 04:17 AM
It is not supported on the Fuze, or the Clip. I don't know if it will be in the future or not.
iPod Touch 5G 32GB, Touch 4G 32GB, Clip Sport 8GB.
Rockbox-> Clip Zip 4GB, iPod Nano 2G 4GB, iPod 5.5G 80GB
2012 Nexus 7 32GB, Asus MeMoPad 8 16+64GB, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 520
03-10-2009 06:36 AM
The only player that I see AAC (non-DRM) support listed under is the Sansa View. Though the Fuze (and Clip) are up to the task, I haven't heard of any plans to add AAC capability to these devices.
Currently, the best option is to have iTunes convert to MP3.
Who knows if this capability will be added in the future? Not I, for one. I have know idea of the goings on up in Mount Olympus, where the Sansa gods chill, earbuds on, in clean togas, drinking their ambrosia. See? Everything has gone digital, I tell you!
03-10-2009 08:22 AM
I've been pushing for AAC support for quite awhile now - it only makes sense that the Fuze should be compatible with the largest music store in America (maybe the world). The Sansa people on this forum have been extremely quiet about it though, which generally means they're not interested.
03-10-2009 10:28 AM
It could be an issue of cost or permissions. I dont know what the ACC codec costs in terms of licnesing, but that could play a role, and Apple my very well be restricting ACC in the way they work as well. Who knows. I know my connect will play ACC, not that I have them or would ever use Itunes for anything other than podcasts but still.
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03-10-2009 02:10 PM
What I don't get is that on ther excel spread sheet of all the audio codecs they support that the fuse has AAC as being supported. Maybe that they made a boo boo on that cell to yes instead of no.
03-10-2009 02:43 PM
Apple may be adding things to the AAC container, but its not restricting them AFAIK. My car, DVD player...all sorts of things (other than the Fuze) play AAC, and I've never had a problem playing stuff from iTunes.
03-10-2009 04:46 PM
Which spreadsheet is that? The current listing of specifications is correct; it does not show AAC / M4A as the format is often described.
The datasheet for the processor (AS3525) does show the capability for AAC, but not on the SanDisk Sansa side (published specifications). It may be possible to support M4A, but I'd venture that the proprietary M4P DRM variant may be a different issue entirely.
I have tried, and ran really fast, away from iTunes. Granted, it may have improved over the years, but it isn't my cup of tea.
03-10-2009 07:03 PM
Interesting info about the processor.
Actually iTunes hasn't improved over the years. Its gotten more bloated and slow. They always give away a song a week, and they used to give away really good music, the stuff that was played on Sounds Eclectic; now its just cheap imitations of radio pop. In the process, they became the biggest music reseller. Go figure.
The only thing that has improved is that they're supposedly getting rid of the DRM (that's proprietary, so of course the Fuze could never play it). They said it'd all be DRM-free by April 1. That's not far away, and I can find all sorts of music that is DRMed...including some stuff released after their announcement. I've been exposed to Apple enough to know better than to trust them.
03-10-2009 07:07 PM - edited 03-10-2009 07:09 PM
it is the xls file on the sansa fuze faq support page under the question.
My Sansa fuze won't play songs
under that question there is a link to the xls file with the codecs and if the particular player supports it.
Message Edited by techieq on 03-10-2009 07:08 PM
Message Edited by techieq on 03-10-2009 07:09 PM