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Sansa Clip question

by bozobrain / February 9, 2009 12:50 AM PST

I have a Sandisk Sansa E140 (ancient, I know, and no, it doesn't require stone chisels or anything to get music on it). Anyway, I'm thinking about getting a Sansa Clip for the extra storage (8GB, whenever they are really availabe. Right now, I have the 1GB player with a 2GB SD card).

One of the things I really love about the E140 is that it just looks like an external drive. There is literally no extra software needed to load it up, there is no requirement to set aside some portion of the player for data if you want to use it to transfer non-music files, and it works fine with Windows and Linux -- just plug it in and move songs to it.

Do the new Sansa players (especially the Clip) work the same way? Or, do they have to interact with Windows through some media protocol, like the Creative players do?

If it's the latter, how much of a hassle is that media protocol? Does it prevent players from working with Linux?

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Well, in case anyone's interested
by bozobrain / February 11, 2009 4:33 AM PST
In reply to: Sansa Clip question

Not much response here, but it turns out there's a forum over at Sandisk (I think it's at sansa.com). Apparently, there are two modes the Clip can work in -- MSC and MTP (or something like that). One mode is required if you want to play DRM protected music, and it doesn't work on linux or look just like a hard drive.

The other mode makes the Clip look just like an external drive and you can drag (non-DRM) music back and forth with no issues, as well as other file types. It supposedly works fine in linux and on the Mac.

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It works fine under Windows and Linux... BUT...
by leosgb / February 19, 2009 8:30 AM PST


I have a Sansa Clip 8GB. I really like the device and I feel like the built in radio is an excellent add-on.

As for the Windows/Linux compatibility:
- Songs copied to the folder list fine on box OS's and also play fine in the player.
- Still havent figured out how to create my playlists in my linux system.
- THE MASS STORAGE MODE has an interesting "bug". Files copied to the drive's root in a Windows computer DO NOT SHOW in my Linux and vice-versa. Interesting huh? So basically I cannot copy files from Windows to Linux using it as a flash drive.

Maybe this has something to do with the USB modes you mentioned.

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