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sansa clip zip


Latest hardware in the fantastic Clip line from Sandisk, the "Zip" adds a 1.1″ full color screen. Identical internals as previous models, so same great sound and plays a wide range of formats. Here's some test data.

On the web:
SanDisk
Anythingbutipod

to the cloud, amazon style


Introduced this week is Amazon's Cloud Player and streaming music service. The so-called, "buy anywhere play anywhere" service allows 5GB of storage on Amazon's servers, and the ability to stream music either over the web or on the go with their free Android app (which is an update of the previous Amazon MP3 app). So upload some music, or purchase some from Amazon's mp3 store (which do not count toward your quota), and stream away. Additional space can be purchased and your cloud drive can also host files, pictures etc. The service worked exactly as billed, but unfortunately only supports the mp3 and aac files (non-DRM of course). There's a helpful uploader app that's based on Adobe (shudder-horror) Air available for Mac and PC, while Linux users can just fill the cloud via a web browser.

Ubuntu One may have been first to introduce a cloud music player, but Amazon's is free. Now back to your regularly scheduled program (on Pandora, Rhapsody, etc.).

On the web:
http://www.amazon.com/clouddrive
http://www.amazon.com/cloudplayer

sansa clip

If you've read my book, you'll learn (at the very end) that I'm not a very big fan of the ipod or mp3 players in general. The iPod has destroyed music in two ways: it has hearkened the advent of lossy music, while secondly, the ubiquity of music has cheapened the listening experience to a mere fashion statement. Okay, enough of the soap opera; digital music is indeed a novel approach to the storage of music.

I recently purchased a 500GB hard drive (WD Green Power) with the hopes of digitizing some of my collection for use with my Squeezebox and the DAC of my Nuforce Icon. While I have "acquired" a lot of music in the MP3 format, I wanted to use either FLAC or OGG Vorbis (q=6) for ripping my CD collection. This presented one conundrum: Rockbox aside, where am I going to find a portable player that handles these formats?

Best Buy. $39.00 for the 2GB Sansa Clip. What's cool about the Clip? The latest firmware (1.01.29) supports OGG Vorbis decoding. The player also ranks highly for sound quality. Yes, it's incredibly small in size, maybe even too small, but the display is bright, with a menu for easy navigation. I know that 2GB isn't a lot of storage, but I have two needs for a digital music player: First, to plug into the old Sansui/Bose system I have in my garage, when we barbecue and hang out in the back yard, and second, on the occasion that I take some form of public transportation. So 2GB is actually a fair amount of music: almost 40 albums at q=6 for OGG Vorbis.

Now the rub: like all stereos… er, sound systems, they're only as good as the speakers, or in this case, the earphones. Stay tuned…

On the web:
Sansa Clip Official Sandisk page
AnythingbutIpod Sansa Clip disassembled