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Sandisk Sansa and my big playlist problem

by walterwood / March 4, 2007 11:25 PM PST

I bought a Sandisk Sansa for my wife, despite the fact that I encouraged her to go with a Creative Zen V, ever since that day my experience with that player has been filled frustration and a bunch of cursing. I use Real Music Store for my online purchases and thinking that since Sandisk and Real just recently partnered I thought things would be seemless was I ever wrong.

First I couldn't play tracks that I bought from the music store, it was a DRM problem. I would up re-installing real on her laptop, then upgrading to WMP 11 and it worked.

As with any MP3 user you don't really use playlists until your library starts to grow well wifey is at that point and playlists are just not working on this thing at all. My first big complaint is unlike creative or apple the Sansa doesn't come with it's own music organizer software, Big mistake, BIG mistake. The documentation says that you can use WMP 10, but when I had it my online purchases wouldn't work so now I'm stuck.

If anyone has any answers please I'm more than open here, if anyone is considering a Sansa DON'T buy them. This playlist issue is reason enough, despite how pretty it looks, this thing is anything but easy to use and that should weigh heavily into any MP3 purchase

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media player for Sansa
by marc.jefferson / March 7, 2007 7:21 AM PST

i don't know about using playlists, but i bought the Sansa for my wife also (2GB). after a day with Real Player her laptop's security software fritzed out and other programs got sketchy... i reinstalled everything from scratch and went with what i use to load my Sanyo M1 cellphone... Media Monkey. it's got to be the best media player out there and it's free... get it here in the downloads section.

my biggest gripe for the Sansa is that is says you get 2GB's to use, but it says it's full when it hits 1.4GB's. i emptied all the useless stuff they add on before they ship it, but still can't figure where the last .6GB's went! i'm gonna have to get her a micro sd card now instead of later...

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I've heard that Media Monkey works
by walterwood / March 9, 2007 3:36 PM PST
In reply to: media player for Sansa

However I've decided to go with this guy's software from anythingbutipod here's a link...


A couple of folks say that it works and the interface is very similar to the Creative software which I like. This software also creates the playlist within the player there's no syncing necessary which can be a pain with track duplication all over the place.

Here's a suggestion for the site editors and show hosts how about a more comprehensive software integration tool that doesn't just tell you if your songs will play on the player but also tells you what software works to add album art, playlists, and edit MP3 tags

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MP3..players and software..
by castingRod47 / March 7, 2007 3:13 PM PST

I tried to use the WMP-10 w/my DELL JukeBox 15-GB..and it never recognized the device..
Since the DELL JukeBox comes with its Installation CD..I used that and all was good..but I must always remove the software and drivers after loading the MP3 Player becuase it fouls up on my PC by taking over WMP-10..making two Programs OPEN at the same time..so the MusicMATCH software gets removed after each use..
I have an iPOD and that been running excellently from the website and on my PC(large Updates)..very nice Graphic Window..I use as a PC-media player its been plugged into my DeskTop Spkrs..its a nice addition to useing the DeskTop/I use a RadioSHACK Switch for Audio/Video and can bounce back between the IPOD and the Intergrated Sound Card I think it keeps the processes lower since I use a Celern D[2.53GHz]CPU..and I added a Video Card to a PCI-slot..and some VID-editing software..so the Celeron D is holding up so far with the iPOD as the PC Player during Projects..
I would suggest that you use a Pentium 4 Processor for manageing a MP3 Player..and 512MBs of RAM..but I have loaded up my DELL 15-GB JukeBox useing a Celeron D..but w/some start up problems..on the intial installation of the software and drivers and the Device Recognition..
You must read the intructions..as the Player should NOT be plugged into the PC prior to the software..so first LOAD your Softwaare..and OPEN it for any registration Process..then CLOSE the software and do a RESTART..
Next Plug in the PLAYER and you should get a HARDWARE installed successfully and READY to use--indication..
Wait for all the little indications to disappear and UNPLUG the PLAYER..and do a RESTART...
Next...reopen the software/Plug-in the PLAYER..and see what happens..
You may need to configure your PLAYER--depending on the other software in your PC..you may need to choose your PLAYER from a selection..
Even w/my P4 and 1-GB of RAM...I sometimes need to re-install everything all over again..until I have everything in the correct order..
..Look for the SYNCRONIZATION-tab..or the ADD-tab..
Maybe the Software has a PLAYER that uses a Portable Player-tab..for LIBRARY FILES..
But the execution of the FILES inside the PLAYER depends on the MUSIC FILES and its TAGS..so you need to see your TAGS..are they there..correctly..
Sometimes the SONG TITLE is a good TAG..you may want to name each and every SONG in your LIBRARY so Filenames are actual SONG TITLES instead of num/alpha names..
Or create your own TAGS.

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