I recently bought a 4GB Sansa Clip to solve the problem where once-a-week or so I want portable music or podcasts and don't have any: namely, at the gym, occasionally when walking somewhere, and on trains and buses. I've been looking for something exactly like this for ages--small, attachable for use during exercise, enough space for a few hours of music/audio, OGG support, and not necessarily much more than that. Basically, an iPod Shuffle that plays OGG and doesn't involve dealing with Apple. For the longest of time, this was pie-in-the-sky nonexistant.

After a few weeks of using the Clip, I'm extremely pleased so far. The battery life is much longer than I'd ever want to listen to music for continuously (they claim 15 hours, and I haven't gotten it down to less than half charge yet). It's light in the hand but not too flimsy in feel, the clip makes it easy to attach to e.g. shorts, the interface is easy to use, and the sound quality is good. After upgrading to the latest firmware, it plays OGG as well as MP3. Both Rhymthbox and Banshee work for transferring files to it.

I think my biggest complaint so far would be that the audio jack doesn't fit in as securely as it could, which sometimes manifests as sound skipping and can be fixed by making sure the headphones are completely plugged in. Seriously, it was funny when my Walkman skipped during runs in 2003, but I hope I'm past that phase of life at this point. At any rate, it doesn't happen all that often, so it's more of a minor annoyance than anything. And well, the firmware isn't free--but hey, can't have everything.

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rockbox may support it at some point:


Comment by foo Sun 28 Sep 2008 01:30:23 AM UTC
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I was in the same situation a few months ago, with an extra problem: I live in Argentina, so the variety to choose is much less. Anyway, I got my hand into a Samsung YP-U3. Of course it has less features than the Clip, but it still reproduces OGG, it has one Gigabyte of memory and it's extremely light. It also adds a clip for fastening it :-) I had to reflash it to make it work as a UMS device instead of a MTP one, but the procedure was quite simple.

Comment by Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer Sun 28 Sep 2008 11:57:50 AM UTC
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Thanks for the tip. Didn't know Sansa players had ogg support. I was trying to buy Trekstor Vibez, but is too hard to come by, since nobody seem to sell them.
Comment by Petteri Sun 28 Sep 2008 12:53:38 PM UTC
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I think the Clip is actually the only Sansa player that supports ogg natively (and this is fairly recent at that). Maybe later models will keep up the trend, though.
Comment by Christine Sun 28 Sep 2008 02:29:54 PM UTC