SanDisk firmware update adds OGG, FLAC support to Clip and Fuze

SanDisk releases a major firmware update for two of its Sansa MP3 players, the Clip and the Fuze. Enhancements include support for Ogg Vorbis and FLAC audio files.

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Awhile back, SanDisk released some fairly major firmware for both the Sansa Clip and the Sansa Fuze. Well, technically, the update for each is a different piece of software, but most of the fixes and enhancements are similar, so I'm treating the two as one here.

I finally got around to installing the new firmware on the Clip and I have to say that it's definitely a worthwhile install (most firmware is). If you haven't done it already, make sure you do--I've included some basic steps for updating Sansa players below.

Perhaps the most exciting thing for audio format nerds is the addition of support for both Ogg Vorbis and FLAC file types. This added feature certainly gives the Sansas a leg up on the competition, as only a handful of other MP3 players offer such playback. (Cowon is a notable example.) In addition, the players now support the most advanced Audible AAX format (type 4), and they include enhanced control over audiobooks and podcasts.

For more information on features and bug fixes offered by the firmware, head to SanDisk's Web site to read all about Sansa Fuze Version 1.01.15 and Sansa Clip Version 1.01.29.

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Read the SanDisk Sansa Fuze review.

Read the SanDisk Sansa Clip review.

Updating the SanDisk Sansa player's firmware

  • Download and install the Sansa Firmware Updater.
  • Attach your player to the computer and open the app.
  • Check the Firmware box and click Download Now.
  • Unplug the player when prompted to finalize the upgrade.

The entire process should take under 10 minutes. Be aware that at least 6MB of free space is required for the Clip's firmware.

About the author

    Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.



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