Wednesday, April 22, 2009

And now, a musical interlude

My beloved Sansa e280 digital music player fried recently, in a very special way. In a rare, but not unknown for e200-series-devices meltdown, the player rendered itself into a read-only device. Not only can't the music selection be altered, but the firmware can't be updated and the player can't even be reformatted. Trust, me, I've tried.

Yes that's weird.

It can still be played, though, so it's something of a museum exhibit of my tastes as of the last sync.

So I went looking for a replacement player that isn't quite such a time capsule. And I discovered a cool deal.

Wal-Mart is quietly selling 8GB Sansa Clip players for $49. Don't bother checking the Website, you have to go to a store. They list for $99.99, and are generally available for about 80 bucks. The Wal-Mart price is ... well ... a screaming deal.

I'm not an iPod fan -- they're overpriced and under-featured for my taste. And the Clip is well-reviewed in the geek press. CNet, among others, likes it better than the iPod Shuffle. Also, despite the weird e280 meltdown, I was really happy with my first Sansa purchase.

So far, I'm digging my new player. Great sound quality, a small screen for picking through music and you're not tied to one software package for loading the thing up. I never used video on the e280, so the smaller player suits me fine.

Oh, and I found protective silicone cases on Amazon for one penny plus shipping.



Blogger Jake said...

Ok, but the real question is:

Did you have Rockbox on your E280?

It's wonderful. I've got it on mine, and it's been on my last few MP3 devices. I'll never go back to factory firmware.

PS - Tooch, I love your stuff. I've got a spare e250 I'm willing to give you, so just say the word.

April 24, 2009 8:42 AM  
Blogger J.D. Tuccille said...

No! Sad to say I learned about Rockbox too late to get it on the e280 and it's still in beta for the Sansa Clip.

Thanks for the offer, but hold on to your e250. I'm well outfitted with the (read-only) e280 and the Clip.

April 24, 2009 9:11 AM  

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