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Two things I miss on my Sansa Clip Zip (Am I blind? Would Rockbox help? New firmware?)

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Since my old Sansa Fuze died, which I was always quite happy with, I bought a Sansa Clip Zip and over all am fairly happy with it. There are two things missing from the display that I would really like to have back though, and I have not managed to find them by clicking through menus and options...

 

A. Track Length Display. eg 3:32/7:43 (current position/length of track.) I often listen to mixes or long live recordings, where this becomes a lot more useful!

 

B. I [b]always[/b] play my tracks from Folder navigation, not via Artist or Album or whatever tags. I very much miss being told which track of how many I am in that folder. (Same could also be useful for any type of Playlist, whether a actual playlist or one created as that is how many songs you have by that Artist.)

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Originally Posted by kazakore View Post

Since my old Sansa Fuze died, which I was always quite happy with, I bought a Sansa Clip Zip and over all am fairly happy with it. There are two things missing from the display that I would really like to have back though, and I have not managed to find them by clicking through menus and options...

 

A. Track Length Display. eg 3:32/7:43 (current position/length of track.) I often listen to mixes or long live recordings, where this becomes a lot more useful!

 

B. I [b]always[/b] play my tracks from Folder navigation, not via Artist or Album or whatever tags. I very much miss being told which track of how many I am in that folder. (Same could also be useful for any type of Playlist, whether a actual playlist or one created as that is how many songs you have by that Artist.)

Might be better to ask these kind of questions at the website anythingbutipod.

I do like my Clip Zip, but prefer the larger screen on my Sony E465.

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Might be better to ask these kind of questions at the website anythingbutipod.

 

Yeah? So far I had found this site to be the best place for just about anything portable audio. Although with a slight bias towards top end headphones and possibly amplification...

 

 

As I only listen to music the general size of the display doesn't bother me in the slightest. There's just a couple of bits of information I would like it to display it doesn't seem to (and the original Fuze did.)

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It seems I'm very much not the only person wanting these features!

 

http://forums.sandisk.com/t5/Sansa-Clip-Zip/Sansa-Clip-Zip-Firmware-01-01-20/td-p/270703

 

I will try updating to the latest (although I don't feel confident they have brought in the features I desire) and then have a play with Rockbox if not. I had hoped somebody here would be able to give me the answers for certain though. Especially as it's mainly on your recommendation I went for the device (that and being a happy Fuze owner, which again was recommended from here.)

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Originally Posted by kazakore View Post

Since my old Sansa Fuze died, which I was always quite happy with, I bought a Sansa Clip Zip and over all am fairly happy with it. There are two things missing from the display that I would really like to have back though, and I have not managed to find them by clicking through menus and options...

 

A. Track Length Display. eg 3:32/7:43 (current position/length of track.) I often listen to mixes or long live recordings, where this becomes a lot more useful!

 

B. I [b]always[/b] play my tracks from Folder navigation, not via Artist or Album or whatever tags. I very much miss being told which track of how many I am in that folder. (Same could also be useful for any type of Playlist, whether a actual playlist or one created as that is how many songs you have by that Artist.)

You'll need Rockbox to get these things.

There's a bit of a learning curve involved, but once you get a handle on it you'll have a lot more options than in the original Sansa firmware. You also get better battery life too.wink_face.gif

post #6 of 7
Check out the Rockbox themes for the Clip Zip and see if you can find one that fits your needs. Looks like the most downloaded one, "lebellium Samsung-like", provides the information you want.
Edited by skamp - 11/16/12 at 11:34pm
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Yeah I'm gonna have a go at getting Rockbox on it tomorrow. Thanks guys.

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