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How to fix a missing battery on a Sansa Clip+

clip plus battery1 How to fix a missing battery on a Sansa Clip+

Last week, Ian showed how to fix a missing clip on a SanDisk Sansa Clip Plus. I removed the clip from mine on purpose, and used it like that for years, but then I suddenly had a bigger problem: a missing battery.

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Deal alert: Sansa Clip Zip on sale in Europe for £27

mymemory zip Deal alert: Sansa Clip Zip on sale in Europe for £27

MyMemory, a UK-based website that ships worldwide, currently has the 4GB Sansa Clip Zip in both black and red for £26.96. Those are British pounds, which means that Americans will still find a better deal on Amazon.com, but Europeans might want to check it out. The two other colors the site stocks, blue and purple, are currently priced closer to the £55 MSRP, but might come down as well. I wouldn’t wait too long though, as MeMemory is infamous for changing prices almost daily.

I’m tempted to get one myself, as my Clip Plus is kinda…under the weather. I showed how to make a small DAP like that slave to a smartphone/tablet a while back, and part of me wants to get a Zip working that way, why the other part doesn’t want to get into the dedicated DAP game again. Either way it’s an awesome price, and definitely worth taking advantage of for those that have been eyeing the Zip.

[MyMemory: Black | Red ]

How to repair a broken clip on a Sandisk Sansa Clip+

Sansa Clip Replacement1 118x175 How to repair a broken clip on a Sandisk Sansa Clip+As I was digging through the ABI forums, I ran across a good guide by zPoKE to replacing a broken clip on a Sansa Clip+ MP3 player. It’s nice to find a viable and cost effective solution to a very common problem like the clip breaking off of the Sansa Clip/Clip+, so I thought I would bring this easy tutorial back to the forefront to help anyone who has experienced this problem.

zP0KE recommends using ACCO KLIX Classic Metal paper fasteners as a replacement to the stock clip (you can use other types of clips as well provided they can withstand the strain). If you reside within the US, you can pick these up at a local Staples office supply store, or you can order them from Amazon directly. Continue reading…

Sansa Clip+ modded with line-in connector

clip plus line in Sansa Clip+ modded with line in connector

The Sansa Clip+ is a great player, and is probably one of the best value/money deals the MP3 player world has ever seen. Its ability to record audio both with the stock firmware and Rockbox is a feature that perhaps not everyone cares too much about, as it’s only usable for recording via the built in microphone or the radio. Simon Frank wanted to extend this functionality and decided to add a proper 3.5mm line-in connector on his Clip+. He accomplished this by hooking into the radio chip, essentially making it so that the audio coming from the line-in connector is recorded using the radio recording feature. This makes the radio unusable, he says, though that’s possible to fix by adding a switch.

Adding a 3.5mm connector to the Clip+ does make it a bit bigger, though the one he used for his project is also more than a little bit bigger than it has to be. With this mod the Clip+ is able to record up to 16 bit, 48kHz .wav audio straight from another source, which is perhaps not as useful as it was a few years ago, but still has plenty of uses. It’s great to see the Clip series is still going strong, and it”s no more than a couple of weeks since I posted about it last, that time using it to show how the Galaxy S III’s S Pebble MP3 player accessory isn’t very impressive.

[o--o.se via Hackaday]

SanDisk reveals Sansa Clip Zip

clipzip SanDisk reveals Sansa Clip ZipThe Sansa Clip will no doubt go down in MP3 player history as one of the biggest successes the market has seen, and it has just gotten better and better over the years as firmware updates, Rockbox and the Clip+ hardware update has improved on the original player in all sorts of ways. SanDisk knows this, so it’s not surprising that they’re giving the player yet another hardware overhaul, this time called the Clip Zip.

The basics from the Clip+ are still there in terms of features and basic design, but there are a few new features both on the surface and under the hood. The most noticeable of which is probably the new 1.1″ full color screen, which is a nice upgrade both in size and colors from the old OLED screen. One of our forum members got his hands on the new player and has written a comparison of the new Zip and the old Clip+ which shows that the new Zip is size wise pretty much the same as the Clip+, but with a rectangular control pad to make room for the bigger screen.

As for features under the hood, alphabet browsing has now been added when browsing files as well as the ability to deactivate unused menu items. The former is something I’ve loved on other players (like the Sony players) for years and seeing it on a SanDisk player is great. The menu “clean up” feature is also a nice addition, and lets more hard core music users hide features such as the radio (which now has a recording feature) and the new stopwatch. The new color screen also means a new UI, naturally, and from the pictures in the beforementioned forum thread it seems to be a lot like the interface of the Fuze+.

Overall it seems like a great update to the existing Clip+, and as Marvin points out in his comparison review it’s a lot more traditional of an update than the touch controlled Fuze+ of last year was.

[SanDisk | Sansa Clip Zip Review]

Sandisk Sansa Fuze+ Review

fuzeplusmain Sandisk Sansa Fuze+ Review

When it was time for SanDisk to update the Fuze, they dubbed it the Fuze+ rather than make it a completely new player- just as they did with the Sansa Clip+. While the Clip+ truly was a minor (but awesome) update though, you can stare at the Fuze and Fuze+ for hours without seeing the connection. Some of the “updates” are for the better, but others are not.

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FiiO LODs for Sansa Fuze and Sony Players Now Available

fiio FiiO LODs for Sansa Fuze and Sony Players Now AvailableLODs are cables that allow you to get proper line-out from a player, circumventing some of the internal circuitry in order to provide a raw signal to an external amplifier- be it a headphone amp, car audio system or home audio system. FiiO has several of these available, and unlike most companies they don’t just make them for iDevices but also for other brands. Specifically, they have LODs for the Sansa Fuze and Sony Walkman players that use Sony’s proprietary docking port. Both cables are now available at DealExtreme, priced at $8.40 for the Sony cable and $8.50 for the Fuze cable. They also have a short 3.5mm male-to-male interconnecting cable, which should be perfect for those who use headphone amps on other players and want a short interconnect between player and amp. That one is priced at $5.70, and all three have free (slow-as-hell) worldwide  shipping. FiiO makes decent products, and the prices are pretty decent also.

Win a Sansa Fuze+ and an HTC HD7!

We are giving away a SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ on our anythingbutipod Facebook page. Simply hit the like button and you are entered to win. You will receive an black 8GB Fuze+ with a Rock SlotRadio card. Anyone can enter and I will ship anywhere the US postal service will allow me to ship. This contest will end May 31st.

fuze plus contest Win a Sansa Fuze+ and an HTC HD7!

But wait there is more! We are also running a similar contest at anythingbutiphone and giving away an HTC HD7 Windows Phone. Just the same as the ABI contest just hit the like button on the anythingbutiphone Facebook page and you will be entered to win. Only two days left so show us some love!

Actually, one more…. SanDisk is also running a contest on their Facebook page as well. Check it out.

So, Yeah…

Grahm, the editor of ABI, today saw this video I shot some time ago. He told me to post it on the front page. It’s shot with the nifty EOS MovRec tool on my Canon EOS 40D. It’s basically pixel perfect – what you see is what you get. You know what it’s about.

References: NothingButTabletsEOS MovRec, Rockbox, Doom

Top 5 MP3 Players of 2010

top 5 2010 Top 5 MP3 Players of 2010

In a device world where many are lining up behind app stores and music players on phones are taking a portion of the portable audio market, the dedicated MP3 player is far from dead. 2010 was a little bit of a slow year but some really interesting shifts towards these App centric non phone media players is happening. We got a little taste of it this year but will see a lot more of it for 2011.
As for 2010, here are there players that were at the top for 2010.
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