Originally Posted by TwinQY
Funnily enough I got a loan for the AK100 months back after hearing it at a meet and loving the form factor. Have had a lot of troubles with the indexing (a mere 100GB mind you). This and a couple of other DAP have got me a bit disenfranchised on the whole ordeal - if I had to pay for them (well I did for the Colorflys) I don't know what I would have done.
Funnily enough my Clip Zip starts up in 5-6 seconds and indexes a 4GB SD card like molasses. While the internal 4GB take 10-15 seconds to scan. Don't make me talk about the 64GB sd card...usually I have the artist and title, genres and etc be damned. Beets and Musicbrainz has decent options especially when you turn the cruft off.
But enough about my dilemmas. I'm just impatient that way. We are talking about usability, to put it in perspective - everyone will have their preferences about that sort of stuff.
TwinQY there is something wrong on your end then. Means your tags are filthy. Possibly incompatible characters causing slow indexing. Or excessive junk in the tags. Could be a tag format that doesn't play well on that particular DAP. I also had the AK100 and it acted the exact same way as my AK120. No problems at all with indexing files. Only did it once and I had the ability to turn off indexing so it never does it again until I want it to. So it's really an issue on your end in this case. Even for the Sansa product. This was the unit that actually got me to figure out that my tags where causing most if not all of my long indexing times.
I had about 3,500 mp3 files on the Fuze. Every time I would add a new file or files. It would take 15+ minutes to fully index it. The internal memory still indexed reasonably fast. But not the SD card. Once I removed all the filth from my tags, properly tagged them with what is needed (removing excess junk and changed the ID tag format to IDv3.2 ISO-8859-1) it then took only 5 minutes to index the card after. That is much better than 15+ minutes. Probably closer to 17 minutes in total. With the iphone4 I had issues with album art showing up so I had to jump through hoops to get that working. But keeping album art in the 500X500 range seems to be a universal cure for most DAPs in that respects. So I try to always keep that in mind. Some album art can be ridiculously large. But I love the detail :).
I do have a guide on how to properly tag your music. It has helped some people so it may work for you as well. Also I've had issues with multiple tags being imbedded into files which causes major problems on DAPs. There's a lot that can go wrong in tagging but once you figure it out and have your own system it's very easy to implement and upkeep. :)
Edited by lee730 - 9/25/13 at 10:18pm