SanDisk Sansa Fuze Review

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There was a gap that needed to be filled in the Sansa product line in between the Clip and the View. This gap was filled by the Fuze with a bigger screen, more capacity, and a memory slot compared to the Clip; but it wasn’t quite the flagship as the View with a lower resolution screen, smaller size, smaller capacities, and weaker video playback abilities.

Falling nicely in between the two the Fuze is a welcome member to the family with many improvements all around- even outperforming the View in some respects. If you would like the full scoop, read on, and I will break it all down for you.

  • Quick Look
  • Size: 3.1 x 1.9 x 0.3 in
  • Capacities: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB (microSD memory slot)
  • Screen: 1.9”, 64k color, 224×176 pixel
  • Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, AA
  • Video: Converted MPEG-4 20FPS
  • Battery: 24 hours audio / 5 hours video
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You will just find the basics in the box: the Fuze, proprietary USB cable, and earbuds. Accessory support for Sansa MP3 players have been pretty good, you will be able to find plenty of protective cases and a few dock accessories.


The Fuze is constructed much like the View in that it consists of a rubberized back plate and a glossy plastic face. The use of the velvet-like rubber on the back plate is a great material for gadgets since it is extremely resistant to wear and tear; it’s also nice to keep it from sliding around flat surfaces. I can attest for this material since it is on my most (ab)used gadget, my Treo. The Fuze’s face is a hard plastic and resistant to scratching, but you will still need to use some care and not place the player face down on hard surfaces.

The wheel is similar to the View’s rubberized wheel but is made of a lighter matte plastic that fits in a lot better with the design. The rotation of the wheel is smooth and has very subtle bumps for each list or menu movement. So far this is the best wheel on the Sansa products to date- it is much improved since the early days of the e200.

The total of the design has a solid once piece feel and a nice heavy weight. SanDisk has always been known for their cheaper feeling designs and they has historically cleaned up in the lower end MP3 player market, but I almost don’t want to call this cheap. I say almost because there are still some tolerance issues on the assembly, mainly between the front and back plate. Still, the construction quality of the Fuze is the best of Sansa to date.


Previous Sansa players have always had mediocre screens. They were always bright and the colors fairly well represented, but all suffered from this weird “shimmer”- that would be the best way I could describe it. While this shimmer is not completely gone, it is a very noticeable improvement with probably about 80% of this problem is cured. This improvement is most recognizable in the contrast of screen text, making it mo
re readable.

Like most non reflective screens the Fuze’s screen is a bit difficult to read outside in direct sunlight. You will have to crank up the brightness for readability.


The battery is rated at 24 hours for audio. I have been getting about 19-21 hours under normal use. I have noticed that the turning the screen brightness down can really help battery life. Video playback fell a little short at a little under 4 hours, just shy of 5 hours rated.


The firmwares on previous Sansa players have been kind of a mess with constant updates for stability reasons and bug fixes. The Fuze however seems much more finished and stable. I have been using it for two solid weeks and it has not locked up even once. There were no bugs so to speak, but there are some disconnects and organizational issues in various menu and features- meaning there is room for improvement.

User Interface

The first thing I noticed and was pleasantly surprised by, was the improved responsiveness of the UI. It really breathed new life into the Sansa interface making much more usable all around, even though it is more or less the same UI as before.

First time users will be able to pick up and use the player since it is fairly straight forward and intuitive. The interface is good but by no means perfect, being that it still suffers from some inconsistencies and organizational issues. One example of this is that the there are sometimes two ways to scroll though a menu or list of media- either rotating the wheel or clicking up and down on the wheel. In order to give the UI some consistency and improve usability there should only be one way to traverse lists- that being the rotation of the wheel. By doing this it frees up the two buttons for other tasks. You could then pause/play your music while in a menu. It would also give you’re the ability to toggle in and out of a menu more quickly for reserving the menu button only for the menu. Sounds reasonable to me.

Media Transfer

The Fuze has all the bases covered being that you are able to select MSC, MTP, or Auto Detect. This basically means you can use it with any operating system (SanDisk only will give you support for Windows. If you are looking for Mac and Linux support, please drop into our Sansa Forums).

For those unfamiliar with the difference in these transfer protocols are, here is a quick run though. MTP is typical to most MP3 players and it will allow you to take advantage of subscription music services such as Napster or Rhapsody, as well as allow you to create playlists with desktop media players. While it does support drag and drop without the use of software, you will need to be on Windows XP SP2/3 or Vista.

MSC basically acts just like your thumb drive would, allowing you to drag and drop on any modern OS. This mode will work well if you are going between different OSes, but keep in mind you will be limited to less flexible third party playlist create applications.

I have been successful in switching back and forth between the two modes without corrupting the library. Everything seems to work fine, but you can only see the media you add in the mode you add it in. For instance you can only see files added over MTP in MTP mode and MSC in MSC mode.



Historically the radio has only been so-so on Sansas, but this time I would call it above average. The reception is as good as radio reception gets and the auto program feature carefully selects only the clear stations. Your mileage may vary by what headphones you used since they act as the antennae for reception.

The Fuze can record radio in WAV format. The function is very basic, but has the ability to set the duration of the recording. Possibly handy for recording your favorite morning radio show.

Voice Recording

Like FM, Voice recording uses WAV format, but does not have the ability to set the duration of the recoding. The feature works well and picks up sound well from the mic located right below the microSD slot.

Photo Viewer

This feature works like any other photo viewer having basic list or thumbnail view mode. For each folder you have in the photo directory on the internal memory or on the microSD card, it will show as an album. It will only show a list of these and will ignore folder hierarchy. Slide intervals can be set for the slide show with or without music. Additionally, like music, a single go list can be created for a more personalized slide show.

There isn’t a limit set on the file or resolution size set for photos but I did have some problems with larger photos that displayed an unsupported message. Also you should note that larger files take longer to load and may look a bit distorted from resizing.

microSD Slot

The microSD memory will allow you to add an additional 12GB of memory, but will reach 32GB when these sizes become available to purchase. The card will fully integrate with the main memory including photos and video, creating one library. The media library will only refresh the database when the card is first inserted. This was relatively quick with a 2GB card, but I could imagine it to take a minute or so with a full 12GB card. The memory card still shows up separately in both transfer modes on your computer, so you will be able to delegate where your media will go.


If you are looking for good video support, look elsewhere. Video playback on the Fuze is equivalent to the e200 where as it is more of a “bonus feature”. Granted it is a big improvement over the e200, but the Fuze’s low power processor requires the video format to be rather bloated. The format used is a 20FPS DivX format at the 224×176 screen resolution which takes about 6MB per minute of video, so typical movies will approach 1GB each. Conversion is also the issue. It is easy with the provided software, Sansa Media Converter, but it does take time.

Playback is decent, but the 20FPS lends to a slightly choppy effect. Under the options menu you have the ability to rate the video as well as add a bookmark. Adding a bookmark is a great feature, but I question the usefulness of rating a video considering that you can’t fit too much on the Fuze in terms of video. I also fail to see the usefulness of rating videos in general since they don’t get the same frequency of play as music.



The music menu is organized like any other with typical artist, album, song, genre, ect setup. It also includes a “recently added” menu item for the last songs transferred to the player and a “top rated” that will show songs with 4 and 5 stars.

The album menu is the only real unique category in that album icons show beside each album title when it is highlighted. This is a nice visual feature, but you have the ability to turn it off since there are a few downsides. For one the album covers take a second to appear and two, you only see 4 albums at a time as opposed to 6 when the feature is turned off.

The one big thing missing from the Fuze and all Sansa players is multiple playlist support, something that many people miss. There is however a “go list” that will allow you create at least one playlist directly on the player. For more playlists you can create all you like with any media player in MTP mode. Under MSC mode you will need some home brew apps to create playlists. Check the forums for these.


Audiobooks have their own section under the music menu. These books will show up there if you tag the genre with


Alex M on March 27, 2008 10:15 PM

no bookmarking audio…damn…*anticipating rockbox release*

kugel. on March 27, 2008 10:37 PM

Great review again. Indeed a very interesting player.Though, I miss two things.1) A picture together with the e200 ;) To compare the sizes.2) I wished you said something about the 8GB Fuze compared to the 8GB view. The prizes are not too far away, and I wonder what the better choice would be.What I also wonder. You said there’s room for sound quality improvements, even though you come to the conclusion, that it has a great one (equal to the Clip, which used to have one of the best sound quality).I don’t understand exactly why SanDisk decided to go with such a bad video format again…Are you sure that 1 min will be 6 MB? I was under the impression, that DivX compresses quite well.

cpchan on March 27, 2008 11:43 PM

> Are you sure that 1 min will be 6 MB? I was under the impression, that DivX compresses quite well.Yes, DivX (MPEG4 part 2) does compress quite well. However, it is no match for H.264 (MPEG4 part 10) that is commonly used in mobile devices, Blue Ray, HD DVD, these days.Charles

PromisedPlanet on March 28, 2008 8:22 AM

It’s not true that the microSD card will only be read for refreshing the library when the card is inserted; it will also be read when its contents have changed. Also, it will take a lot longer than a minute for a full card, if it’s full of many files. I have an 8GB card with 1500 MP3s on it, and it takes about 15 minutes.

PromisedPlanet on March 28, 2008 10:07 AM

Actually what I’ve found is that even if the internal memory’s contents are changed, the refresh database phase reads the card as well. This is possibly a firmware bug, we (in the Sansa Forum) are waiting to hear from Sandisk about it.

Miikerman on March 28, 2008 12:32 PM

I picked the 8gb Fuze up the other day and was very impressed with it.I found the build quality and aesthetics (yep, they’re important to me) high, and was amazed at the case construction. As a non-wheel sorta guy, I liked the fact that I often could simply click the up and down positions on the wheel to go through menus–I still question the efficiency of a wheel (as demonstrated when turning the wheel in multiple circles to raise the video volume). And the sound quality was good, as I would expect.The only issues I saw were the size of the screen for video (although I really don’t care about video–if I did, I likely would go for a larger screen) as well as a lesser screen finesse; and the unit I bought was defective and did not click in the wheel’s 6 o’clock position (I got a mushy press function there instead). Also, the user interface is a bit dated graphically, in my opinion; I think it could use a facelift. (An option for user modification of the interface would be a great feature.)I heartily would recommend the Fuze to people looking for a small flash drive player, given its good characteristics plus all of its other pluses: FM; recorder; and especially micro-SD capability (I just saw a sale on 4gb cards at $20–instant Fuze expansion). Me, I’m still waiting for a 64 or 128gb flash drive player …

MV on March 28, 2008 3:57 PM

why Sandisk force you to use a proprietary USB cable? why they don’t start using the universal mini usb? like in the Creative Stone.

Bazirker on March 29, 2008 6:07 PM

Sandisk looks like they’re putting together a great line of players…but why don’t any of them play free formats like ogg and flac? What’s Sandisk got to lose in including codecs for these sorts of formats? Having Rockbox on my e260 makes the player much, much better, mostly because it can hen play these formats.

scott on March 30, 2008 7:54 AM

HEy cool review !But i have to decide either the Sansa View or the Creative Zen !Cool u are hearing High Contrast !Scott

macias on April 4, 2008 9:19 AM

No bookmarks (again), this is sick — it looks like only Cowon D2 is the only player for audiobooks.I wish some manufacturer releases firmware as open-source.

wilson on April 4, 2008 10:39 PM

I picked up a 8 GB Fuze yesterday and I like it a lot.My main issues: Skipping tracks is slow (thankfully I don’t do it much) and they should have used a smaller font for more items in a list and more text per line because a lot of songs have long titles.UI: Not the greatest but usable. A fairly easy learning curve unless you’re a moron.Build quality: Actually quite good and the metallic silver paint job is very nice and beats a frumpy black box. I expected far less. The silver also hides fingerprints, minor dust and fine scratches which black will not (just like cars).Firmware: They officially released the player on 3/28 and they had a firmware update 4/1. LOLMemory: Low for some people. I have a 8 GB card and 16 GB works for me because I don’t see the point of having music I’ll never listen to.Video: More power to those who like watching video on a 2 inch screen. The PSP screen is the bare minimum for me and still only in a pinch.Port: Mini USB would have been nice but SanDisk isn’t alone with the proprietary port (Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung and I’m sure others).Audio formats: the average user just doesn’t care.Sound quality: It impressed me without even factoring in the price. Not the absolute best on the market but it’s up there. Chasing ultimate sound on a portable is pointless because it’ll never be as good as my $30,000 audio only home system.I considered the View but I only want a music player so the smaller form factor is nice. The increased battery life is nice on the View but the screen shimmer bugged me. The Fuze is acceptable.I also considered the Creative Zen and probably would have chosen it but the controls are on the right hand side and I use my left hand, no exception (right hand is for mouse).

jelengar on April 6, 2008 8:15 AM

great review, great player… the moment rockbox gets ported to it, i’m switching from my good old e200… i just wish all sansas would come bundled with rockbox, or at least source of firmware so that community would have easier job…

Zach on April 8, 2008 9:34 PM

One of my biggest problems with music players is a gap between tracks. I prefer to listen to complete albums and hear them in their full glory. For example, the Beatles’ Love album loses the effect of its amazing transitions between songs. Does the Fuze have this problem?

jz on April 10, 2008 10:21 PM

I don’t understand why SanDisk developed this player. People with videos and lots of music will stick with the View and people searching for good sound quality will take the Clip. Why another player, which is a slightly improved Sansa e200?They could have improved so many things. Battery life, for example. 20 hours? Thats weak and by no means up to date.The e200 was revolutionary, the clip is unbeaten, but the View and the Fuze are both mediocre players without any special reasons to buy them. The Creative ZEN for example does beat both of them.jz

Blake on April 19, 2008 9:31 AM

Hey for what it’s worth, I bought and loved the Fuze until I compared the sound quality to my Zen V. I had to send it back. There is an clear and undeniable difference in sound quality. Listening to the player for more than 20 minutes gave me ear fatigue.

Blake on April 19, 2008 9:32 AM

Hey for what it’s worth, I bought and loved the Fuze until I compared the sound quality to my Zen V. I had to send it back. There is an clear and undeniable difference in sound quality. Listening to the player for more than 20 minutes gave me ear fatigue.

koop on April 20, 2008 8:17 PM

I prefer this to the sound of my friends creative player by a long shot, possibly a defected unit?

Damo on May 3, 2008 8:51 AM

Maybe you were just used to your Zen V’s mediocre sound Q compared to the fuzes excellent sound Q?Damo

Jeanna on May 5, 2008 4:50 PM

I am a happy owner of the Fuze. I bought it about a month ago from – the official Sansa Store. I really like it so far. The features are great, the price is awesome, and the capabilities are incredible. I love the voice recorder and FM radio capabilities. I have recommended this to all of my friends and would recommend it to anyone.

paul on May 14, 2008 2:39 PM

I’m also curious if there is a gap between songs when playing an entire album such as “Dark Side of the Moon” or some such.

lauren on May 19, 2008 1:18 AM

just bought the pink sansa fuze but can’t find ANY accessory for it…all i find is for the sansa clip or sansa view…nothing for the Fuze!…i’m looking for a belt clip to put on the back so i can wear it on my shorts at the gym….any suggestions?

wetnap on May 20, 2008 2:40 AM

screen resolution is too low. even if you don’t watch video its rather unacceptable these days as it limits the interface and is just ugly. the sony with a 320×240 screen is similar in price these days and does beautiful video for much longer and has a nicer screen interface. and has for quite a while now. i guess they still have to live with the stink of their past mistakes, but their current players allow drag and drop.

Jessica on May 26, 2008 9:21 AM

I don’t know if I should buy the Fuze or the new iPod Nano.I keep hearing things about the Fuze skipping tracks, and low screen resolution. Is the Fuze really a good buy? My old Sansa e200 froze all the time, and I had to send it back four times. I’, kind of losing trust in the Sandisk company, I’m leaning towards an iPod…My dad says the Fuze is better, but I don’t really know.If you have an answer please e-mail me

jester on June 2, 2008 5:33 AM

Which would be better the 8gb fuze or the 8gb view? Also, does either have the “sleep timer” that the Samsung YP-T9 has?

Sheila on June 2, 2008 3:38 PM

I am weighing this against an ipod nano. I don’t really care about the video aspects, so the drawbacks listed that are associated with this are of little consequence. What I really want to know, but can’t find ANYWHERE, is whether this player can play while charging. It will be mostly for car use, and I want something I can charge in my car instead of at the computer, but don’t want to sacrifice the play time during the charge time. Any help would be great!

dmnk on June 6, 2008 12:28 PM

anyone who knows the realease date in europe??

John on June 11, 2008 5:46 PM

It should be able to play while charging just as the View and E2xx can, BUT you will have to buy a charger for such use. I use the ones from just fine.

V3ndetta on June 22, 2008 8:57 PM

Well…I just sold my iPod Video and I want to buy a new mp3 and this Sansa seems to be something I would expect. Nice,decent good battery life and etc. I’m just curious about the expasionn memory. I was about to buy the Zen but after I read about its external memory i changed my mind….and I’mjust wonderinf if the external memory for this Sansa Fuze will have any type of problems? Is the external memory equal to the internal?

Insy on June 27, 2008 9:30 AM

Hello,does any know, if i can switch to german language if i bought the Fuze in the US?cant wait for the Blue one to be released in germany, so i want to buy it in the US or elsewhere.THX!

sue on June 29, 2008 12:07 PM

does the sandisk fuse 4mb have a sleep mode if so how do you use it

Paige on August 20, 2008 12:24 PM

to Insy -you should be able to… I didn’t buy the fuze yet but I have an older US sansa player and you can switch to many languages :D

Mike M. on August 20, 2008 11:41 PM

T’d take this over an ipod, any day.

mizzzle on August 25, 2008 12:06 PM

i’ve currently got an e260. frustration with video. vid and sound don’t sync correctly. not sure what prob is. also i can’t believe that no one has addressed such an important feature–FF through songs. with the 260, it’s slow forwarding or the stupid ‘scan through song’ feature, which isn’t great. i download 1-2 hour lectures, and the only way to zip through them is to sit and wait. plus the danger that you skip to the next song if you aren’t careful. with ipod, you ff to the exact spot you want with the wheel. did they fix this with the fuze?also, can someone address the diff between the view and fuze or 260 with regards to vid quality? is it just screen size or are more formats supported? thanks.

mizzzle on August 25, 2008 12:08 PM

i’ve currently got an e260. frustration with video. vid and sound don’t sync correctly. not sure what prob is. also i can’t believe that no one has addressed such an important feature–FF through songs. with the 260, it’s slow forwarding or the stupid ‘scan through song’ feature, which isn’t great. i download 1-2 hour lectures, and the only way to zip through them is to sit and wait. plus the danger that you skip to the next song if you aren’t careful. with ipod, you ff to the exact spot you want with the wheel. did they fix this with the fuze?also, can someone address the diff between the view and fuze or 260 with regards to vid quality? is it just screen size or are more formats supported? thanks.

Marcus on September 11, 2008 12:46 AM

Just bought an 8GB model yesterday. It worked for about one hour after I charged it. Now it’s completely dead, doesn’t do anything even when plugged back into USB. Back to the shop for one more try today.On paper, this is nice apart from the proprietary connector on the USB cable. Sound is what you’d expect from an MP3 player. Price is comparatively high here in Germany right now at €119 for the 8GB model – expect this to come down very soon.

remixedcat on September 15, 2008 9:48 PM

When I use auto detect USB mode will I be able to see both types of media added? or do I still need to switch modes to see all media?Also will it see all the media in MTP mode if I use WMP for the Flash mem and the stick? Does the stick support MTP mode or do i have to do it in MSC mode?

ocob on October 2, 2008 1:00 PM

I’ve had the 4 gb fuze for 3 weeks now. No problems so far(knock on wood). The only thing I can say about this is with the included earphone which lacks a lot of bass. I wonder if buying another earphone would make a difference. Any recomendations?

dafeiskool on October 6, 2008 7:05 PM

i wish there will be a new fuze that have the same SQ as clip :( my friends said that clip has better SQ than Fuze..which one? i’m confused..

ASR12 on October 8, 2008 11:52 AM

My daughter bought a FUZE a few days ago. So far I’ve been not happy with it. We cannot view its video or photo files while connected to the computer. So we have to unplug and scroll through to see if they loaded. When we see they did not – there is an “unsupported” text that comes up – then we have to plug it back in to try again. Then SANSA says all photo’s MUST go thru the “sansa media converter” software !!!! That’s not drag and drop!!!!Why do you need to convert JPEG to view it in a JPEG suppoted product???? There is nothing in ads or on the box that says you MUST convert JPEG photo’s, or that the product REQUIRES internet connection to use it. The software MUST be downloaded from Sansa and it is 86 Mb, and with access to only dial-up, that makes it a plenty tough product to support!!!

ASR12 on October 8, 2008 11:57 AM

one more annoyance…also, the “Sansa media converter” will not ‘convert’ until you have the player plugged into the computer, so you CANNOT save video and photo’s to a microSD card without the player connected to the computer – so where is the advantage to having an expansion card slot if you can’t load media to a card without the player connected as well?????!!

Reubo on October 9, 2008 1:04 AM

This looks like a wonderful player, I really wish I had the money to go out and buy one right now… my c200 got stolen and i need a better mp3 player anyways

juan on October 16, 2008 5:08 PM

i thin the sansa fuze is hard to put music on it

jose on October 16, 2008 5:13 PM

i buy a sansa fuze one month ago and i can not put music in the mp3 please sen me instructions

Leo on October 16, 2008 5:20 PM

@ASR12 My Fuze can view JPEGs just fine without using the Sansa Media Converter software. The only gotcha is that you have to shrink the size of the JPEGs. My camera originally took photos at 2816×2112 pixels which was too much for the Fuze to display (brought up the “Unsupported Format” message). Once I shrunk the pictures to something more reasonable (I used 1024×768) then it displayed just fine on the Fuze.I can convert photos just fine and then copy them to the microSDHC card that I have without needing the Sansa Media Converter.

Tiffany on October 30, 2008 2:35 PM

As an MP3 player amateur I would like to know if my Limewire music can be played on this player.

dajosh27 on November 16, 2008 5:35 AM

hey r videos on da sansa fuze good coz i want a mp4 player to use on a bus and i would like a mp4 player which has an expanded memory or one with just 8gb of memory.plz help, if you have any recommendations or should i just get a sansa view

alia coan-teen on November 25, 2008 1:44 PM

My boyfriend and I both bought Fuzes at the same time. We luckily bought the replacement plan as well because we’ve NEEDED it. It’s only been about 3 months since our purchase and my boyfriend has had to get his replaced twice and I have had to once. With all of these players, it has been the same problem. Out of the blue, the player will no longer connect to our computer. We’ve dealt with both the company we purchased from as well as with Sansa to try and correct the problem. THERE IS NO SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM!!!!!! Out of 5 players, only one has lasted more than a month.

uri on December 2, 2008 6:51 AM

I was thinking about buying a player and I prefer this than the clip because of 8Gb. I only want to use it as mp3 player, with senheisser cx100 headphones.However, these last comments make me wonder if it can be a right choice… Anyone else with so many problems with th eplauer? Is it true that they do not last for long?:’sThanks in advance

Ender on December 3, 2008 12:35 PM

“My boyfriend and I both bought Fuzes at the same time. We luckily bought the replacement plan as well because we’ve NEEDED it. It’s only been about 3 months since our purchase and my boyfriend has had to get his replaced twice and I have had to once. With all of these players, it has been the same problem. Out of the blue, the player will no longer connect to our computer. We’ve dealt with both the company we purchased from as well as with Sansa to try and correct the problem. THERE IS NO SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM!!!!!! Out of 5 players, only one has lasted more than a month.”Most of the time when they just crash or have trouble connecting to a computer, it’s because you are unpluging it without “Safely Removing Hardware”. I’ve had several different mp3′s break on me because of that problem.

Spade18 on December 3, 2008 5:48 PM

@dafeiskool: I’m pretty sure the clip and the fuze have the same sound quality, there was no change in hardware dealing with audio if I’m not mistaken.@dajosh27: I think you’d probably want to go with an 8GB View unless sound quality is a deciding factor to you, which the fuze’s sound quality is a bit better.

hyiu00 on December 4, 2008 4:17 AM

Don’t buy this player.If you put your MP3 music files in folders and sub-folders, you will find that this player is very difficult to use. It does not have a way to browse music files in flash memory. The only way is to use the MP3 ID3 tag to search through the music. But the latest version (V01.01.15P) still has lots of bugs in ID3 tag. Then I tried to generate a M3U playlist for each folder, but the M3U does not support non-English unicode characters. Then I have to use M3U8. It is so troublesome that I really regret that I have purchased this player.

hyiu00 on December 4, 2008 8:17 AM

I found another problem:When playing certain MP3 file, when the backlight goes off, I can hear very clearly the background has a very low frequency popping sound (about 3-4 Hz), and when I press a key to make the backlight goes on again, the popping sound disappear. I’ve never used an MP3 player with bug as bad as this one. I can accept bad ID3 tag display, and I can fix playlist problem. But with bad popping sound, it is just not acceptable at all. Until Sandisk fix these bugs, I cannot recommend this to anyone.

Allen Eddington on December 5, 2008 4:10 PM

I want to clarify the memory card capacity for the Fuze. I read that in the review and posts about 8gb and 16gb SD cards. I can not find any SD cards over 2gb that is only an SD card. Everything I find larger than the 2gb is a “SDHC” card and the Fuze doesn’t say SDHC on it. So, will the Fuze take an SDHC card, and if so, what is the maximum capacity?

JKJ1962 on December 5, 2008 8:37 PM

Allen Eddington:Yes, the Fuze supports SDHC. I use a 4GB SDHC with mine, and there are others using 8GB and 16GB ones as well.As for the SD vs. SDHC question, most people just refer to both as “SD”, realizing that the 4GB, 8GB and 16GB are SDHC.

Darcy on December 19, 2008 1:22 AM

please help me. i got a sansa fuze and when i move the wheel the screen become black. i can still hear music though, and the screen comes back on in about 5 seconds. im lost i have no clue how to fix it..

steve on December 25, 2008 2:52 PM

Dont get this player, I was listening to it, and as soon as the song i was listening to shut off..? A little weird, i keep trying to turn it back on, but it wont turn on.:/ waist of money if you ask me.

Porsha on December 29, 2008 7:02 PM

I got the sansa fuze for christmas and I liked it but the second day it stopped charging, and it start freezing for no reason………..

connor on December 31, 2008 2:30 PM

i bought my sansa a few months ago (4), and it still works great. i have an 8gb sdhc card inserted, and it has 1200 songs on it (takes 2-3 minutes to refresh when anything is added to the player [internal or external]). i grabbed a $5 case from ebay a few days before i got it, and it has remained relatively unscratched. i have had to replace the case twice now (i really beat up my crap). i watch videos on it on the bus. i dont mind the small screen, and its fine just to watch family guy, or the simpsons.i agree that it is difficult to add videos, but i have made a few video tuts on this. once you know how it isnt that hard, but no matter what you do, it still takes a few minutes to add each 22 minute episode.i download the videos with realplayer, then convert them to ‘.avi’ with any-video-converter, then convert it to my player with the sansa media converter…too muc work. if anybody knows the format that sansa media converter converts to, please tell me at ‘’ i really wanna know, cause using 3 different converters is annoying…by this i mean ‘what format do i convert the video to so i can just drag and drop it to my player?’thank you in advance.

Tesla_Knows on January 4, 2009 1:28 AM

Under the Sound Quality Section of the review, the author meant Shure SE530. And yes they are $500!

Nina on January 5, 2009 1:25 PM

Hi I bougt a sansa fuze but I had a problem 3 moth after I bougt the screen was complety white , I don’t know what happen and how to repare, so if you can help me , i will be very happythan you

Noah on January 6, 2009 5:29 PM

Is it normal for the wheel to have some bumps and make a few light clicks when you spin it?

Peter on January 9, 2009 1:37 AM

Noah,Yes, the little bumps and clicks are normal for many devices of this type.

juggalo on January 9, 2009 4:31 PM

i just got one of these and its awesome. id easily compare it to an ipod nano or a zune nano

ryan on January 9, 2009 6:02 PM

can u transfer music from itunes

Chris on January 15, 2009 5:25 PM

Well my fuze has a minor but audible white noise when the fuze is on irrespectively to the volume. If this happens to most fuzes then its sound quality is not that great.

jen on January 16, 2009 10:55 AM

if i favorite too many songs the top rated list clears… even if the SD mini is in.and the raphsocity softwere doesn’t work. I try installing it and it gets finally to 100% after a few minutes but then says something is stopping it…like a firewall or a parrental control… but thats not it i have experience with allowing programs on my computer. wth!

dave on January 22, 2009 3:17 PM

The fuze is amazing. im glad i bought it

Jenny on January 27, 2009 12:39 PM

I bought the 8Gb Fuze just before Christmas and I’m very happy with it. The sound quality is excellent, the FM radio is actually pretty good, and the ability to add another 8Gb or 16GB MicroSDHC card to expand the capacity later is really useful.I can confirm that plugged into a PC with the USB adapter, you CANNOT play music at the same time. However, if you just plug it into an AC adaptor, or use a USB power adapater you CAN play music while it charges.There’s a firmware update available from Sandisk that lets you play OGG Vorbis and FLAC formats, should you need those.I can’t comment on the video playback, because I just don’t use it, but audio quality definitely better than an iPod nano.

Ron B. on February 5, 2009 2:47 AM

Bought the Sansa Fuze 8GB to replace my 80GB Zune that got broke at work. The Zune was a good player but more fragile the than the original 30 GB model. The prime things I was looking for for was sound quality & expandability. The Sansa has both.Sound, I compared it to my computer which has a Modified X-Fi Elite Pro ( Full D.C. coupling) fed to a Onkyo P304 preamp that has been modified for full D.C. coupling driving a pair of Etymotic research er4p earphones. I used the same earphones on my Sansa Fuze & could not hear any difference in sound quality. The sound was just as open & airy with emmense Warmth & detail. I’ve done live verses live feed with the ER4p in live recording situations & they are extremely accurate. Not much gets by them unnoticed. Good electronics are a must with these phones & the Fuze qualifies.My guess without opening it up is that the output is D.C. coupled with buffered gound as that allows full D.C. coupling with a single rail power supply such as a battery. One of apples very small players used that trick to maintain sound quality & turned out to be the best sounding Ipod. The prime benefit of D.C. coupling is total lack of coloration & improved depth & detail in the bass. Well done bass has a open airy & spacious qualty on D.C. coupled amps. Not dry & lifeless at all. The Fuze has this quality in spades.Expandability, Takes up to 16GB micro SDHC card I have an 8GB card in there now & its not quite enough. Need to get a 16GB card

Petr Dvořák on February 6, 2009 2:00 PM

How size of video sansa fuze play up?????

MK Audd on February 14, 2009 3:55 PM

I have spent more time trying to sync or play the Sansa Fuze than I have listining to the stupid things. What a waste!

Henry on February 18, 2009 1:50 PM

Which one is better? The View or the Fuze?On one hand the Sansa has a larger screen which is good, and it seems to have far superior batery life, on the other hand many people say that the fuze has better sound quality, and it´s UI is more stable….I have one Creative ZEn V PLUX which i like, the thing is, i don´t like to work with it because of that childish joystick, i simply hate it….I never used a Sansa before and that scroll wheel seems nice…Which one would you advise me, th Fuze or the View….?

ronald taylor on February 22, 2009 6:00 AM

try bose on ear phones with the fuze,great combination,fantastic difference to the ones supplied,and easy to insert in the dark.

Ovidiu on February 23, 2009 10:29 AM

Can you please tell me a darn online-store that ships the Sansa Fuze to ROMANIA? I’ve looked all over and no luck. Jesus, Romania’s an EU country too for crying out loud. Is there not even ONE PLACE where I can buy this from? For Heaven’s sake, it’s outrageous! Help needed!

Tim on February 25, 2009 10:14 AM

This might be a stupid question but I’d like to boost my fuze’s memory by buying a 16gb card. I want to be sure that any sdhc will work, not just Sandisk. This will save money when buying on Amazon.

konstantinou on March 3, 2009 9:26 AM

It’s true that you can set the duration of radio recording? At the end of that time the fuze turned off automatically or when runs out of battery?thanks!

not saying on March 4, 2009 5:02 PM

when i turned my music on everything was deleted

dan on March 7, 2009 11:54 PM

Good player. Bought it for my sister as a Christmas gift, and she really likes it. I don’t know much about the included software, but I have converted some of our DVDs to a playable format for her using advice from the Doom9 forums. Also worth noting about the price is that (where I bought it for my sister) quite often sells Sansa mp3 players. When I bought the e260, I got it for 30 dollars.

Elio on March 12, 2009 3:12 PM

While i generally like the Fuze, it does have a major fault (that this review missed!), and that is unlike an ipod, you cannot charge and play at the same time. This means, if the battery dies down, you will be without music for the relatively long charging time (3-4 hrs).

J. Erin Addams on March 13, 2009 2:46 AM

Well…This product sucks. I put about 20 songs on it…and one video…yes, I also have an sd card in it. And it says Memory full for music DB..please delete 90mb. It says this on a BIG red screen. I have reformatted it to erase everything so at least I could start from scratch..right?? WRONG!!! even tho its still displays the same message. Nice job SANSA..what a P.O.S. !!!!

Gatil on March 18, 2009 10:22 AM

Hi, I have a problem with my sansa fuze 8GB. First, when i got it i put music and audiobooks on it. I used the explorer to copy the files. After a time the sansa fuze became an internal memory and now i cannot find all files on the explorer. For example i have found 2 of 3 audiobooks. On the sansa fuze i can find all files and i can delete them, too but the last audiobook has about 180 files and i do not want to delete all files seperatly.

Bynne on March 20, 2009 7:42 PM

Does anyone know if you can plug this into an AUX on a car stereo? Like you can do with the IPOD?

Bob on March 24, 2009 6:03 PM

My Sansa fuze only displays 25% of my photos using a 8 gig micro sd card.All photos are at 640×480, why won’t all my photos display? I know there on card, because I can view them on computer.

Ivan on March 28, 2009 12:31 AM

The best mp3 player i’ve ever had. I’ve had it and used it since nov. 2008 and never once had a problem with it. Great sound, the video quality is not bad at all, i can enjoy watching some friends or scrubs episodes when im out.

Bob on April 7, 2009 5:29 PM

All my photos aren’d displayed on sanza, why? 220×176 resolution. Only displays about 50mb’s of photos only. Is there a limit?

jack on April 8, 2009 1:52 PM

Have a fuze for about a year and loved it.Recently the thumb wheel went bad.Can’t regulate volume or change selections.Out of warranty, Just bought an insignia 2g, its ok but the fuze is better.

sammi on April 10, 2009 3:47 AM

hey i got the fuze and i cant get videos on it anyone got advice

john b on April 11, 2009 11:08 PM

I have had my fuze for less then 24 hiurs and it has gone dead on me twice. Upgraded to latest firmware and no help. Had my ipod nano for four years and never had this type of problems. Tomorrow it goes back to best buy and I go back to apple products.

alejandro on April 20, 2009 1:58 PM

I think this is one of the best music players you can actually get: sound is fantastic, it’s easy to use, works flawless, has a fast and comfortable user interface and a large battery. Current firmware supports a lot of different audio formats (flac/ogg/wma/wav/mp3/dontknowifImissanother) and is constantly been update. Reads tags nicely.The computer can see it like a traditional USB mass storage device and firmware updates are with just copy&paste the new file, so if you are a Linux user like me this is a nice choice. Also supports MTP if you prefer.Oh, and internal memory (8GB mine) is quite fast.The only negative point I would point is the proprietary connector… a standard one would be better to avoid carrying the cable if you use more than one computer, but I can live with this.More for less. Theres a world outside Apple, people… 8P

Tia B on April 28, 2009 1:17 PM

Personally, I love mine. I have put songs, videos, picture, and even full length movies on it. Works great, small, yet very large memory. Picture quality good, better than cell phone. I would recommend it. The only problem I have is my daughter wanting to use it all the time.

lozzii on May 5, 2009 12:41 PM

Got one today and i’m well chuffed with it!I was gonna get a second hand nano 4gb (3rd gen) for £80, got this little gem for £65 and it has a whopping 12gb memory (8+4).I researched loads before i made my mind up about this, and the things that i was worried about was the spin wheel and the video quality. Both seem fine to me, i mean the video’s aren’t THE BEST… but it’ll do for me, i mean i’ll prob hardly even use this feature! The click wheel, is fab, and unlike the ipod, i never miss an option and have to go back to it.I went to currys to get mine, and i’d reccommend it over the ipod anyday. I mean they both do the same things at the end of the day, but by getting this i have more memory, and more money to spend on cute silicon cases XDIf in doubt, i’d advisee you to GETTT ITTTT! (even comes with a handy case!!!)

nobody on May 6, 2009 11:32 AM

I see notes that some people’s Fuze isn’t working anymore. I had a panic moment shortly after getting mine. I plugged it into my car FM converter and it just died. Couldn’t get it to come back to life. Then, after some detailed reading of the user manual, sort of came up with the answer. Had to do with the reset.What they don’t tell you is that the on/off/reset is a spring loaded switch, and has to be held for a few seconds in the up position to turn on or off, and has to be held for 10 sec. to reset. It reset and has been good ever since. One other note: you can plug in any FM converter that has the microphone jack, but I was sick of interference due to using a radio signal. Got my old CD walkman tape converter out and plugged into vehicle again, and the sound is great. I actually bought a second player as Costco had them for 70 for the 8gig fuze, and I rotate them for power, and gives me two players with 8 gig cards (check radio shack for $20 8 gig sansa phone microdisc deals!) compared to best buy’s usually $30)for a total of 32 gigs of drop and drag music from file folders.

Owner of a LAME FUZE! on May 14, 2009 6:21 PM

I got the POS for Christmas. Less than 50 hours of playing later it took a crap. Went back to Best Buy and their ultra intelligent idiots and swapped it for a new POS. I am now at about 300 hours of listening time and the dang thing won’t charge. I leave it to charge for 4 hours it charges half back. I leave it for 8 hours and the battery blinks instead of that battery charging blink. It gets almost to full and blinks. I remove it from the charger and after 8 hours it’s still only half charged. I had a Sansa prior, liked it, it tanked after 18 months. Figured I stick with Sansa…I give up. I’m buying a freaking iPod. Stupid internal batteries…GAH!! AHHAH!

C on May 23, 2009 2:22 PM


godd on May 25, 2009 8:00 PM

Most of these comments are from idiots. If you get the Fuze, just update the firmware and you’re good to go. It has a great DAC, and the battery-life may not be 60hours like a Cowon iAudio7, but it’s also half the price and is allows expandable memory.It has a lot of power to push high-end headphones properly. The interface is fine, and you can control it within your pocket with ease.As a real audiophile, it’s hard to find a great portible device that plays FLAC without having to install crappy rockbox that kills your battery in 5 hours. This device is one of only a few. I scored the 4 gig for 70 bucks, and can score a 16gig micro sdhc card for 30 bucks, so that’s a 20gig solid-state FLAC player with a 20+ hour battery-life for around $100. Don’t be a tool, either like this or get an ipod.

8gb fuze owner on May 27, 2009 1:08 PM

had my player for a couple of weeks mostly good except it is hard to put videos on by the converter because it wont coonvert them

jenlar3 on June 3, 2009 9:36 AM

I have only had my Fuze for a week, but so far am quite happy with it. My only complaint is that I have no way to attach it to anything. I don’t always have pockets, and can’t just hold it in my hand all the time. I wish it had a little spot up in a corner like you find on cameras, etc… so you can attach a wrist strap or lanyard type item.The armband device does not work for me,and I can’t find any slim line case with a belt clip for the Fuze.I downloaded my first audiobook the other day and am excited to listen to it on our upcoming road trip!

Courtney on June 11, 2009 7:05 PM

My computer conked out and I had to reboot it. All my songs were lost and I have an iPod. I was sick of Apple’s greed.So I bought this because I don’t have to have software to take songs on and off the Sansa and I don’t have to have one computer to do it.I LOVE MY SANSA FUZE! It’s way better than my iPod nano. It has the same things as the iPod AND FM radio, a bigger screne for videos, and voice recorder. It’s really easy to use. I could see how someone who is computer retarded could have a hard time figuring out how to work it, but I didn’t even have to use a manual.I do recommend that those who are having a hard time putting video and photo on the Sansa just download the Sansa Fuze converter program. You can find it on the Sansa website and it’s really easy to use.

Jack Burns on June 12, 2009 11:27 AM

Son’s IPOD Classic died and didn’t want another $250 brick. Futureshop had the 4 gid for $59. Picked it up and dropped ina 8gig Micor SD in from the phone. All the music, photos and podcasts played seamlessly. The sound is as good as my iTouch, plus my favourite Jazz and Public Radio stations are there as presets. The mic and FM record functions are really cool and work well. Battery life is good for a couple of days. For jogging it’s perfect. The video is an afterthought (don’t use it), as I use the Itouch for Youtube on the Widescreen TV.I liked it so much I bought one for myself as I was hogging my son’s.Smart and slick looking, Perfect for what I need.

nekrivinchuk on June 12, 2009 11:54 AM

ok, My sansa fuze has worked great for about 8 months. Then all of a sudden, it will not charge. I plugged it in for 2 days and it charged about 2% just so i could turn it on for about 10 min. I thought maybe i need a new cable. So i used my brothers and it didnt work. A week or two later the same problem occured with my brothers. We had both reiceved them at the same time. What is the problem, we are hoping for an answer?

coolman on June 17, 2009 4:35 PM

I’ve had this player for 1 week and it is as good as it gets. It is priced very low and you get tons of features. LOOOOVE IT.

fucksansa on June 19, 2009 4:44 PM

The sansa fuze is absolutely and utterly shit. The volume is very limited, certain songs dont work for no reason, the lock feature is impossible to use and above all of these, the media player is essentially balls. This is the last time i will ever buy from sandisk again.

Fuze owner on June 23, 2009 6:23 AM

My new Fuze has a lock up problem. Anytime I am watching a video, and during play I pause and shut off or even shut off the fuze; then turn the power back on, it restarts the video in “music” mode and freezes up. No aplications work at this point and I have to plug it into my computer and delete the file that I was watching before it will work again. Is this problem just mine?

Kastanie on June 27, 2009 2:34 PM

when i got my sansa fuze i loved it straight away, it was so much better than my old MP4 and just looked nicer. So i put all my tracks and photos on and still had loads of room and it all worked fine. about two months after i got it i tried to turn it on; it did but the screen was white. it annoyed me but as i could still play music it was fine i just couldn’t SEE what song i was playing, the next time i turned it on the audio didn’t work. nothing did. it had the ‘white screen of death’ we contacted sansa and they gave us a code, told us to send this code to somewhere else and wait for a reply, we did that was two and a half months ago, we still ahven’t had a reply even though we had sent the email a total of 83 times! the customer service is appalling but if the goods work than sansa is fine. i’m still waiting to hear from them and when i do i wonder how long it’ll be before they send me my new one!Well i hope my new sansa will work better than my old one!

DQ-Diva on June 28, 2009 4:32 PM

i had it once n i got a new 1 becuz its screan wnt away 4 no absoulute reason i mean it was sittin on my dresser at th end of my bed…………n i just got a new 1 yesterday n it froze n now it wnt cut back on i thnk i wanna switch brands becuz ths 1 really sucks

a/m on June 29, 2009 12:47 AM

ok i just got mine about 2 weeks ago and i have alot of albums that have album covers that dont show up and i know its not a big deal but it would be nice to have the pictures show up if anybody knows how to fix this please let me know thnaks

pb&jtay on July 3, 2009 3:56 PM

i am seriosly thinking about getting one of these and i wanna kno if its a good buy or notthnx!

Rusty B. on July 18, 2009 11:33 AM

pb&jtay, I’m 54 years old (but still have excellent hearing)so I don’t know if my needs for an mp3 player are the same as yours. I like my new FUZE for what it is; an mp3 player with micro SDHC expansion ability. The video feature,sound recorder, and FM radio are nice bonuses. To me, NOTHING compares to listening to music open-air on high quality speakers. So the whole ear-bud thing doesn’t do much for me. And I’m NOT paying $350 for earbuds to listen to compressed music. So FWIW, I’m VERY happy with my fuze and NOT being tied to iTunes to make it work, makes it that much better.

Zachary on July 21, 2009 4:40 PM

The FUZE is a great mp4 player. Its charge lasts long, you’ve got a great screen, multiple options, etc. I have had my Fuze since December, but I’ve also found its dark downside. The screen is very easy to scratch, but it is avoidable. Using the velvet case will help prevent scratching. I’ve also come to the rare misfortune; a white blank screen. The device still plays music, but I can’t see anything but white on my screen. If you’ve had this happen to you and you’ve been able to fix it, please let me know how. I’ve researched this problem over and over, but still, nothing. If you know of an easy, affordable solution, feel free to contact The Sansa Fuze is a great device and I enjoy it, and I don’t want to have to give it up. Please, help solve my problem! Anyway, I recommend the Fuze to anyone who’s avoiding iPods. It’s a great device.

BOB on July 23, 2009 10:45 PM

Well, my old Ipod Nano finally died and I used when riding my bike… wasn’t really happy being tied to Itunes so I did alot of reading on forums like this to find a comparable “non-apple” mp3 player… happy I settled on the FUZE! I know this is all subjective, but in my opinion it is FAR better than a NANO at half the price. As far as durability, I’ve only had it for a few days… All I can say is you can have my NANO, but let me keep the FUZE!!!

Thor on July 25, 2009 10:32 AM

I contacted their support. It was a CRAPPY an experience. They asked what colure my player was among other irrelevant question. I only had one simple question. I wondered how I could play more than one artist without making a playlist.

Thor on July 27, 2009 6:34 PM

After complaining on their support they gave the requested information with no problems. Thumbs up for improving the support service very fast and helping their customers with no more hassle. I am impressed!!. I am very happy with the product. I can recommend both product and support.

Hart Shlemiel on August 10, 2009 4:05 PM

I bought a SANSA FUSE and had problems downloading VIDEO, it was frustrating. Then I found that SANSA supplied a video converter. I used this but still I couldnt download to my SANSA. Then in a mad moment I found out where I was going wrong..Be Aware: When downloading video, do it through the sansa converter while the sanse is plugged into the usb. Drag you video in convertoer and let it convert, it will automatically download into your SANSA, once you take out your usb it will load itself up, may take while but it will happen.

katie on August 17, 2009 1:14 PM

I think the sansa fuze is good for price, picture quality, sound quality, battery life and i like the extra features on it but i’ve had a LOT of technical problems with it:1) the album art doesnt show up at all2) when i delete a song straight from the player it usually freezes and then i have to reset it, or it deletes the song, but then shows it again with the wrong album and wrong artist. it is not possible to play the deleted song, so i then have to go back to the main menu.3) it doesnt have a scan feature to scan across the alphabet, so it takes a loooong time to reach the bottom of the list4) it scratches VERY easily, especially the wheel which is made of rubber.5) clicking the right side of the wheel does exactly the same thing as the middle button (such a waste of a button)6) i miss having play listsand 7) it sounds silly but i find it quite uncomfortable to hold with the earphone jack at the bottom

CMN on August 28, 2009 7:07 PM

Ok, so I just bought a 4GB Fuze at Target today because it was on sale and the sale ends tomorrow so I didn’t want to let the opportunity to save $15, so I bought the thing. I just want to know if buying it was a good idea (half the comments here seem extremely positive while the other half seem extremely negative).Now besides it being on sale I also bought it because the only MP3 players that I have previously owned that worked was my Sansa Lil’Monsta (which I’ve had for over 3 years I think, and it still works. It only had a few problems with freezing up but that stopped after I reformated). I’m only replacing the Lil’Monsta because it’s only 1 GB and I’m not sure how much longer it will last.So basically I’m asking if I should keep the Fuze or return it and buy something else? (Target had some Phillips MP3 players for about the same price as the Fuze…but I was skeptical about buying one since the first MP3 player I ever had was a Phillips and nobody in my house (including my computer-nerd brother) couldn’t get it to work)

Bowb on August 29, 2009 5:38 AM

The Fuze is a great little music player, just not so good for video.Sound quality is great, mine hasn’t broken yet (despite some abuse), the UI and controls are easy to use (I HATE touch screens) and features like the memory card slot and support for FLAC and ReplayGain are well worth having.I wouldn’t swap it for anything else in the same price range.

Disappointed on September 2, 2009 12:07 AM

Mine (bought today) has a defect in the jack. Sound goes on and off or is distorted. It’s going back to the store tomorrow.

Very Happy on September 12, 2009 10:28 AM

I’ve had mine for over two months now and I love it. You can not buy a better MP3 player for the money. Great sound but what I like best is the ability to add more memory via the microSD card. I have more than my wife’s 8GB Nano.Yes, I like it better than the Nano too.

David on October 7, 2009 9:27 AM

Is it possible to turn the screen off? Can the sound quality be compared with Meizu M6?

alokananda dey on October 9, 2009 10:28 AM

i just hav recived a sansa fuze as a gift frm ma relatv stayin case of any replacement of the headphone,which company should i opt for??????

karen on November 8, 2009 12:26 PM

wel i got one yesterday nd its not playin a load of songs!!it keeps sayin ‘sync 2 continue music supcription’?? wat is this?? could any1 tell me??

Bets on November 10, 2009 8:21 PM

I have had mine for almost a year. I love it for audiobooks. But it has frozen on my books and I can’t get to the ones I have downloaded. I can listen to music but not books. I only have 4 books on it at this time. Any ideas?

Justin501 on November 12, 2009 9:36 PM

OLD NEWS: The Fuze actually does support multiple playlists. They’re just hidden if synced with Windows Media Player.

kumar on January 7, 2010 8:12 AM

I didn’t recommend anyone to buy sansa fuze because the white screen problem is very common

Diane on January 8, 2010 9:26 PM

To David B. -As a non-ear-budder, I was very interested in your comments.Where did you get the speakers that you are using for your Sansa Fuse? I have found some very small, very quiet speakers, but none that give a high quality sound.

jmcd on January 9, 2010 7:15 AM

only lasts about a year… a little after the warranty expires

Tee on January 11, 2010 7:56 PM

I am very disappointed in the Sansa fuze, after less than 2 months of use, the fuze froze up on me and the battery would not take the charge. I do not recommend the Sansa fuze. The price is very reasonable, but the quality is terrible.

Thomas Van Riper on January 12, 2010 9:29 AM

Nice Review,I just wanted to add that it seems like converting video to the right format is not enough, they want you to use their program to do it. I used Any Video Converter Professional and converted a video file to the exact format used by Sansa,AVI – MPEG4320x240512 KBPS20 FPSHowever you cannot just copy it over to the sandisk in the video folder. You have to use the media converter provided by sandisk. It seems that they use some kind of itunes like db system, where the player wont recognize the file without it being properly placed there with the corresponding THM file. But what you can do to cut down on converting time because the Sansa video converter is like molasses is use your own video converter to get the video file down to the above codec and resolution and then use the sandisk video converter to “convert” it again and copy it to the player. Using Any Video Convertor Professional, I converted the same file in less time than it took Sandisk media convertor to get to 1%. I also have a Creative ZEN 4gb player which I love The Zen cost as much as this one and uses the same WMV video format as cheap $25 video players at the dollar general… (my 12 year old has one) I bought this as a replacement because my kids scratched the ZEN screen all to heck (im buying a protective cover this time!) I’m not sure which one I like better, They are both pretty good, and lets face it as cool as it is no one is really watching that much video on these things, lets get those projection screen, personal media players out and then lets talk.-Thomas R. Van Riper

Thomas Urdak on March 5, 2010 9:24 PM

well i dont know about anyone else but i have had my fuze lock up twice know and it is about to drive me nuts , i have downloaded the updates via firmware or what ever it is but still have the same issues . anyone got a clue ? ive only owned it about two months shoot me a response

brittany on March 19, 2010 7:20 PM

Ive had my fuze for six days. It turned off about five minutes ago. I am taking it back to the store tomorrow, it will not turn back on, nor will my computer read that I have it plugged in.

James on April 16, 2010 11:37 AM

Popping sound!?!?!?!?

Gamaliel on April 20, 2010 12:02 AM

Hello, I have a sansa fuze and an imac, I have been trying to load videos to it for a long time without achiveing it, can somebody please help me???

CHER on April 23, 2010 7:35 AM

i have purchased a sandisk sansa fuze, at the store the salesperson said it was very easy to operate, i got home followed the instructions, (by the way instructions are minimal, you have to guess the rest)the thing would download sansa media, then when i tried to listen to some music that it came with, well the thing froze, would not turn off, or move,I PACKED IT UP AND RETURNED IT, THIS WAS THE NEXT DAY AFTER I BOUGHT IT,I’M SORRY TO SAY, ITS GARBAGE

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