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The Most Disappointing Sansa Fuze+ Unboxing Ever

Seeing that SanDisk started shipping the new Fuze+ from SanDisk.com, I cancelled my order at Amazon and placed an overnight order on SanDisk.com. On the invoice there were two items, the Fuze+ and something called “SanDisk Product Review Request”. Turns out the Fuze+ was in back order and the “SanDisk Product Review Request” shipped overnight. Thinking that they accidentally left off the Fuze+ entry on the invoice, I was excited to  know i was getting my Fuze+ today, because after all who would over night a “SanDisk Product Review Request”?

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SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ Shipping- Plus First Impressions

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ABI forum member glove4 received his Fuze+ today ordered from SanDisk.com. Amazon is note quite shipping yet but will likely be available shortly. Mine should be here soon, so expect a full on review to follow but in the mean time take a look at glove4’s first impressions here in the Fuze+ forums along with some photos.




SanDisk Officially Announces the Fuze+

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Update: Now available to pre-order on Amazon.

It has been awhile since we heard anything from the SanDisk Sansa line of MP3 players and we have seen some leaks of the Fuze+ a few weeks ago but today SanDisk announces the Fuze+ with the full fanfare of a landing page on SanDisk.com.

Unlike the Clip+ the Fuze+ appears to be more than an incremental upgrade with an all new UI and industrial design. Coming in 5 different colors and 3 different capacities (4, 8, 16GB) it will also include the SanDisk standard microSD card for an additional 32GB of memory.

We will have the review up soon, but in the mean time SanDisk is already showing off the UI and some it its features in videos embedded below.

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Sansa Clip+ Feature Requests

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The Sansa Clip+ is one of the most popular players on this because it’s a very good player with a lot of things going for it. It didn’t end up like that without reason, and SanDisk have benefited greatly from being active in collecting user opinions and feature requests over the years. Added software elements like Ogg Vorbis and FLAC support, file/folder browsing and hard related things like a microSDHC slot are all features that have been requested by users of this forum and others. With SanDisk actually paying attention, that means that a lot more people are willing to bring things to their attention, and we have a thread in the forums for that exact reason. Here are some of the features requested in that thread, along with some others. SanDisk, we’re counting on you to use this information well, like you’ve done in the past.

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Make a tiny USB plug for your Sansa Clip

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The Sansa Clip(+) is an awesome player. Small, cheap, yet very powerful and with very good sound quality. unfortunately the 15 hour battery is one of its weakest points, and you might need to charge it a couple of times if you’re away for a few days. The cable that comes with it isn’t exactly that big, but it could be smaller- here’s how you make one that is.

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Sansa Clip+ 40GB Possible With Adapter

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The new Sansa Clip+ is one of several players that come with support for microSDHC cards. While smaller than SDHC cards, the capacity is also lower at 16GB max – although 32GB is coming. This means that while SDHC players like the Cowon D2 can get up to 32GB of extra storage, the microSDHC players are limited to 16GB for now. Or are they?

A few weeks ago I ran across an SDHC to microSDHC adapter on DealExtreme. Unlike most adapters between the two card types, this one actually gives you a microSDHC card from a bigger SDHC card instead of the other way around. Since the SDHC standard is the same regardless of size and the adapter simply takes the pins from the SDHC card and transfers it through a ribbon cable to a dummy microSDHC card, you can use any full size SDHC card as long as the player you use it with supports the SDHC standard (microSDHC counts). This means you can get 32GB of extra storage on your Sansa Clip+, Sansa Fuze or any other microSDHC player.

Still not convinced it works? Our forum moderator no9 ordered one of these and now have it fully working with a 32GB SDHC card in his 4GB Clip+. 4GB shy of the 40GB maximum you get with a 8GB Clip+ and this thing, that’s still a LOT of storage on a small player like that. The downside? The adapter sticks out, and refreshing the media library with a full card takes close to 15 minutes. If you use this with a bigger player like the Sansa Fuze you should be able to fit the adapter on the back and tape over it or whatever, and the slow refresh is only after you put the card in for the first time or after you’ve connected it to manage your music. Regardless of the downsides, the capacity we’re reaching with players this small is quite astonishing and make for very attractive players for people with large music collections. Hit the jump for a couple more pics.

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SanDisk Sansa Clip+ Plus Review

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The Sansa Clip has been a favorite among many as a quick and cheap way to listen to digital music. It has been a player for beginners and enthusiasts alike with a straight forward user interface along with top notch sound quality many times being paired with headphones and amps 10 times its price. For these reasons we made the Clip the number one MP3 player for 2008.

Since the Sansa Clips was release we immediately started screaming for a Clip with a microSD card slot, sure the Fuze had the same sound quality and features but it didn’t have the compact size that many users appreciated about the Clip. SanDisk has responded to our requests in the second generation Clip dubbed the Sansa Clip+. In addition to adding the microSD card slot SanDisk has taking the time to improve the player all around rightfully giving it its second generation badge.

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SanDisk Sansa Clip+ Plus Disassembly

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Everyone loves to peek inside and see what makes these players tick and its always helpful to see them pulled apart for future repair or swapping out parts for customization.

The Clip+ resembles the original clip insides but with some upgraded silicone. Disassembling was easier than the original and fairly straight forward with the right tools. All you will need is a slim piece of plastic to pry the two half apart and a small screw driver. You can take apart and put back together the Clip+ without damaging the plastic housing if you are careful. Before your start, take a look at the pictures and mind where the latches are that hold the two pieces together. Then carefully pry at those locations. Good luck!

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SanDisk Sansa SlotRadio Review

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I have had a slotRadio well before it was released to the public and over these last 6 months tried to wrap my head around where this product fits into the way people consume music. I’ve used it myself at the gym and in the car, let friends and relatives borrow it, discussed with other tech bloggers, and prodded lots of sales floor reps for customer reactions.

With all this anecdotal evidence I’m going to bet against it. However, it may be a risky bet on my part since it may be applicable to a market or demographic I don’t at all understand. For the last three or four years I have been reading and writing about digital media players as a full time job. This may have created a myopic point of view now allowing me to see that fringe demographic of music consumers that is still a substantial enough of a market to sustain a profitable product line.

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New Sansa Fuze Fimware Adds Support for SlotRadio

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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.

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