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I bought this to replace my aging ipod mini Gen 7 to power my bluetooth headphones while I am jogging. Unfortunately the bluetooth connection drops out every minute, causing the music to stutter and the beat to change. I've tried it on the outside of my tshirt up quite high and near headphones but nothing seems to get it to work. In comparison, the iPod Mini Gen 7 would drop out once at the most. This has really disappointed me and I am on the edge of returning this product as it is unusable in it's current form.
I've used the SanDisk Clip etc range for years. In general, I think they've got a little less robust as time has gone by but they're still good value and better than risking your phone if you are just wanting to listed to audiobooks when out and about. I got this for the Bluetooth functionality to avoid tangled wires when doing DIY - and so far so good. I'd have to say that I initially struggled to get Audible to work because you have to be aware that "Clip Sport Plus, Clip Sport Go and Clip Voice use .aax Audible Enhanced Format". This means you have to download the "enhanced audio quality" format from Audible otherwise, although everything appears to have been transferred OK, your audible audiobook list shows as "[Empty]" on the SanDisk player. Note that SanDisk decided to drop the microSD card slot. I can see that's annoying for some people since the cost of the bigger capacity models is disproportionately high, but then again they didn't seem to work seamlessly with the internal memory so no big loss in my opinion. Sound quality seems up to scratch.
All I wanted was a music player to play my music while I run, and this is perfect.
The main plus for me with the San disk is the battery. My old iPod touch needed charging every day and wouldn't hold any battery. I've had the San disk 2 months and only charged it 3 times! Amazing.
It is basic and not quite as intuitive as some devices - no matter what I try, playlists appear in 'folders' rather than in the playlist section, and I've only just worked out how to put a playlist on shuffle. But I didn't want to pay £200 for a device with loads of features I wouldn't use, so basic suits me fine.
The clip is handy. The headphones aren't amazing but they never are, and these are better than most sets you get with music players.
If you want a full entertainment device this obviously isn't for you, but if you just want something reliable to play music while you work out, this is excellent value.
I was looking for an MP3 player for my wife's dance class, so it had to have the ability to create playlists. This one said it had that function, and it does, however it took me many days and hours of frustration to make it work. The instructions are wrong! So yes, you can make playlists, but be prepared for a lot of head scratching! Next is the battery life... After fully charging the device and using it for 40 minutes, we assumed that it would still have some charge left after 2 days of no use. Wrong! Completely flat. I charged it up again to full and without even using it, 2 days later it was flat. Rubbish! Then, out refused to turn on 10 minutes before my wife's dance class was about to start! Panic as I tried to get the songs from my pc to my phone. After googling, apparently this had happened to other people. The solution is to hold the ON button for about 2 minutes! Why? Ridiculous. Finally, and the most stupid thing of all, is the volume. We play this through a powered speaker but the volume is so low that even with the speaker on full volume it is nowhere near loud enough. If I turn up the volume on the device, it gets to halfway and then warns you about damage to your ears! Are you serious? You then have to wait for about 2 second until it makes you answer YES to an "are you sure" prompt and then you can turn the volume to full, which is only just loud enough. What could be more annoying? Well, the fact that the device does to standby after only a few seconds and then the volume resets and you have to go through the whole process again! I stupidly the away the packaging so I can't return it, but it really is a poor quality item and very unreliable. Should have got a Sony Walkman. I now have to go with my wife to dance classes as she isn't confident enough to cope with the problems it brings every time she uses it.
I switched in April 2019 after my ten-year-old Creative Zen started to misbehave. I was looking at Sony Walkman style players, but they got very expensive if you wanted 16GB. So I gave SanDisk a try.
The player is good value for the 16GB storage (I paid just over £40). It plays the formats I would expect.
It is lightweight and fits easily into a pocket. I tend not to rely on the clip, just in case.
It has survived the odd time I've dropped it, but as far as I can tell you can't get extra covers for it for added protection.
It doesn't need any specific software to sync with your PC - you can just use Windows Explorer and Windows Media Player. This is a massive improvement as the Creative software was awful.
You can play all tracks on shuffle, or choose by artist or album, as you would expect.
You can add the songs you are listening to to a playlist just using the player. However, if you like to create huge playlists, that'll take a bit more effort. You need to put all the tracks you want in a playlist in one folder, highlight them all in Windows Explorer and right click to add to Windows Media Player playlist. There may be other better ways to do this, but this was the one I found online. You can then edit the playlist in WMP. The thing is, when you add music to the device, it automatically creates folders by artist, then album. So you'll have to move stuff around if you want to create a playlist this way. I need to experiment with adding tracks manually with WMP.
I was quite happy with the earphones it came with. The sound was fine, the earphones fit me nicely. They've since died (September 2019) - but please note they used to rattle around in my handbag, getting wrapped around a hair brush and stuck under my wallet, so it's not like I treated them properly.
I've read comments about the volume, but I just told the MP3 player I wasn't in Europe and I never have to turn the volume past 25%, if that.
The battery life is good (though see below - I don't use bluetooth). When you charge it through your computer, it will assume you've added new tracks and will go back to the main menu, so bear that in mind if you're halfway through a playlist. It will also turn itself on if you plug it in.
As a value player, it doesn't have the DJ functions - so no album of the day, highly rated, rarely heard, most popular etc.
It doesn't cope very well with Japanese characters and doesn't always display them properly. When creating a WMP playlist, I had to convert the file names and titles into English characters, otherwise the playlist wouldn't find them. That may be a WMP problem more than the device's, though.
If you're reorganising tracks on Windows Explorer, including changing folder structure and deleting old folders, be very careful - it is very easy to say yes to deleting what turns out to be the top folder, not the one you thought you were getting rid of. You can delete 100 tracks before being able to cancel! I've started to back up the whole folder structure onto my PC in case I do something foolish.
It uses an odd USB connection - not a standard Android phone / PS4 / TomTom cable, nor the same one as my Nikon camera or the Creative Zen / PS3 cable. The cable that comes with it is very short.
The battery isn't replaceable, but I'm hoping it lasts the same way the one in the Zen did.
I don't use the Bluetooth or radio functionality so won't comment.
Overall I'm very pleased with it, given the price. I miss the DJ function but for the price, I'm happy.
I've had a sandisk mp3 player before and it was a great buy. I needed to buy a new one so I bought the latest version. I couldn't find the same version but the new version is this one. Colour screen and bluetooth, which the other version didn't have. So it has this going for it. The build quality feels quite plastic like, as in not as sturdy as the previous version. Everything works on it but when I connect it via the headphone socket to my cd/radio player with a connector, the volume goes down dramatically and you have to turn it way up. I am using the same connector, so I assume that the wire is ok. It's a shame that sandisk don't do the up to date version of my previous one.
A lot bigger than my old Sansa Clip and the Bluetooth is so unreliable that I'm probably going to have to return - it worked to start with, now there's no audio coming over Bluetooth despite pairing 3 different headsets, none work anymore. Very disappointed.