SanDisk’s latest update for the Sansa Fuze fixes a bunch of bugs and adds further improvements and features. One of the more notable features is the addition of File/Folder browsing, something many Fuze fans have been campaigning for since its release. Additionally they have added a normalization feature called “Replay Gain” which basically keeps the sound normalized (same volume) throughout the song or album.
Finally, the biggest update is the addition of slotRadio support. Below are a few screenshots of the implementation and a quick overview.
If you are unfamiliar with SanDisk slotRadio microSD format it is basically a memory card with a few thousand songs locked to the card. The device, whether this is the dedicated Sansa slotRadio player, Fuze, or possibly mobile phone or other devices with a microSD slot in the future, must support the unique format.
The Fuze slotRadio support is very similar to the stand alone slotRadio, very basic. You can skip songs and change stations with the main buttons. The nice thing about this support is that it is completely tucked out of the way and only available when a slotRadio card is inserted.
I’ll get more in depth in an upcoming slotRadio review. In the mean time here are a few action shots. Grab the update using SansaUpdater or if you want the change log details and discussion check this firmware forum thread.