Besides, as usual with Apple, i Pods are overpriced compared to similar hardware from other manufacturers.However, I would have been missed the fact that a Sansa Clip was a candidate for my purchase if I had no resource except the manufacturer's product page.Format - Erases Everything: Connect your Sansa player to the computer and open Windows Media Player. Pull down the drop down menu underneath the Sync tab by moving your cursor over the Sync tab and left clicking on the little black arrow underneath the Sync tab.Highlight "Sansa 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.Furthermore, I could not find a log file or other indication of what exactly it chokes on. Then I came across Rockbox, Free Music Player Firmware, which installed fine onto the Sansa Clip Zip.Anyone want to add 32 GB of music one file at a time, rebooting and reloading the device database after every file? It looks like it could be uninstalled, too, with roll back to the original firmware.
Yet with the original firmware it also chokes on the micro SD card full of music. both full of music and both causing the same symptoms on the Android phone and also on the Sansa Clip Zip with original firmware.
After installing Rockbox, I inserted the micro SD card, and rebuilt the database… I have not checked every single song, but they all seem to be there. There has to be somebody at San Disk or a San Disk contractor who is paid to maintain the Sansa firmware.
On the surface, their firmware does look different from Rockbox. Who cares how intuitive it is if you would have to set aside a few days of your life just to figure out which half of your i Tunes music collection it can load?
Firmware Upgrade- Erases Everything: Get the latest firmware upgrade from Sansa - it updates the firmware and erases every song in the player all at once.
Note: this method doesn't work if already have the latest firmware.