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SanDisk Sana ClipZip

SanDisk_ClipZip

SanDisk Sansa ClipZip

My latest mp3 player is the SanDisk Sansa ClipZip 8GB version in black or as they can it stealth black, it’s bigger than the iPod Nano and does not have a touch screen but to me they are both advantages. It has a large clip which makes it very easy to clip to any clothing and has a very simple button push system to work your way through the menu system. I use it to play mp3 music, podcasts and audio books all of which have their own menu options. The Clip works well with Linux which provided you switch USB mode to MSC sees the files system in a File Manager. You can then copy music, podcasts and books into their own folders on the Clip. Here are a few of the options I have found to work for me please note all my music, podcasts and audio books are either in mp3 or ogg format.

Volume too low?

If you chose Europe as you Region during initial set-up, there’s an EU restriction in place where you don’t have a High volume setting and the volume is capped. Reset your Factory Default Settings and choose ‘Rest of World’ to get the High and Low option on volume.

Album Art

I found some of my album art failed to show because although the file size was correct 96×96 pixels the resolution was very high making the file size large. I now make my images 72×72 ppi resolution 96×96 pixels in size which make the file size about 10kb. I name the file folder.jpg and store it in the same folder as song(s). I don’t embed the album art and remove any that is already there.

Playlists

After I updated the firmware to v20 I finally got my Sansa ClipZip to recognize playlists in m3u format created in EasyTag on Debian.

  • Connect the Clip to the PC in MSC mode.
  • Browse to the music folder of the ClipZip and your music should show in the middle pane of EasyTag.
  • Highlight the Files you want to add to a playlist in the middle pane of EasyTAG.
  • Click on the [Write Playlist] icon in the toolbar.
  • The [Generate A Playlist] window should now open.
  • [M3U Playlist Name], select [Use mask]¬† and name it.
  • [Playlist Options] select [Include only the selected files].
  • ¬†Then select [Use relative path for files in playlist].
  • and [Create Playlist in the parent directory].
  • and [Use DOS directory selector].
  • In [Playlist Content] select [Write info using filename].
  • Save the result which should save a playlist.m3u file in the root of your music folder on the ZipClip. Unmout the ClipZip and test.

You may need to experiment with these instructions if you have set-up your music in separate folders.