5 Stars By mikvalwin on 2015-06-11
A Runner's Perspective
A few points for perspective of my review. I'm a Runner, so my review is from that perspective of primary use. Second, I'm an Apple products user with a MacBook Air, iTunes as my primary PC. I've owned multiple Apples Shuffles and Nanos and found the Shuffle was the best product for Running up to this point,.. with the exception that if the Shuffle gets wet it will die out.
Because of your body sweating during long runs, I can go through 3 to 4 Shuffles a year. I know there are ways one can waterproof a Shuffle, but I've not done this. The other issue I have with the Shuffle is it doesn't have an FM Radio (which the Clip Jam does).
I know there is an Apple Nano that has an FM Radio, BUT it doesn't have a built in clip to the product and I wanted something smaller to the Shuffle that I could attach to my running shirt of short without any weighing my clothes down.
I did a lot of research prior to me buying the Clip Jam and there is really nothing on the market that met my requirements of lightweight, small, that I could transfer my iTunes music to and had an FM Radio, except the Clip Jam.
I was concerned how hard it could be to transfer my iTunes music over to the Sandisk Clip Jam, but it was extremely EASY to do. And from a quality of sound I find no difference in quality from the Apple Shuffle to the Clip Jam.
And my main goal of having something with an FM Radio was achieved. The Clip Jam did great getting all my favorite local stations. The plus is that you can set stations for easy changing while on your Run.
It is true the Clip Jam does not have the metal casing as the Apple Shuffle has. It's made out of a plastic type material,.. but it doesn't feel cheap or that it would break easily,.. it just feels light, which is what I wanted for my Runs.
It also has the ability to use a microSDHC card to expand the 8GB it already has. Which will make it easy to download a lot of music for longer Runs where you may want more diversity.
It also has a screen to search and put your music into folders which makes it easy to organize on the go,.. and to top it off it not expensive. Comparing it to the Shuffle, I was able to get the Clip Jam for $5 cheaper. A very small price to pay to keep one focused on Running to Music which is a life saver.
I love it! I'm a Clip Jam fan for sure,.. it will now be my new go to music product for Running.
5 Stars By Lois E. Brenneman, MSN, FNP on 2016-07-30
Solution to the problem of Audible not recognizing your Sandisk Clip Sport
I am an avid listener to Audible's audio books - using Sandisk players. I have had a number of them over the last several years and, overall, have been quite pleased with the performance. I bought the Clip Sport to replaced a Clip Zip which has malfunctioned (after several years) thus is no longer usable. When I opened the package for the Clip Sport, I was pleased with the new look and size - slightly bigger than the Clip Zip but same overall style. The top on-off button was gone - having been replaced by the yellow button in the middle - which state of affairs was fine, also. It is more user friendly in this way. I attached the devise to my computer - the computer recognized it - no problem - transferred a few mp3 files. So far so good. The drive mounted to my computer as letter "I." Imagine my chagrin when I went over to Audible Manager and found that the player could not be activated nor could any files be transferred to it. Audible Manager did not recognize the player and literally nothing I did would rectify this problem. I contacted Audible support three separate times, each time receiving instructions for putative solutions to this problem. Nothing they suggested worked. I spend considerable time to no avail. Finally, I went over to the Sandisk website to see what they had to say. I found a posting which addressed this problem.
The solution was as simple as changing the drive letter from "I" to "B." I will post the steps as to how to do so, after this review. As one attaches drives and devises to one's computer, the computer mounts them with different letters, going down the alphabet for each successive drive or devise attached to the computer. These days people have many drives and devises so it is not unusual to see drive letters L, M, N or even more on any given system. Audible Manager, however, is limited in terms of what drive letters it can recognize. I don't know how far down the alphabet the Audible software "knows about" but, for sure, drive letter B works. Drive letter B was traditionally reserved for 3.5 in floppy drives which no one uses anymore. These floppies have long since become obsolete so the odds are that drive letter B will be unassigned on your computer. Normally, the modern computer starts with C for its main hard drive and works its way down the alphabet. Once I changed the Sport Clip drive letter to B, the problem was solved and everything worked as normally intended, thereafter. This measure will work equally well for the Clip Jam in event that such is the model you purchased. The forum member on the Sandisk website who published this solution, did so for the Clip Jam. I, in turn, adapted it to the Clip Sport
This issue aside, the Clip Sport is fine and works without a hitch. It is true that this model no longer has the voice recorder (as did the Clip Zip) but how many people actually use or need this feature? If you do, then this model is not for you. As for the issues with the bookmarking, I am not seeing a problem on this front. Reviewers have posted that the audio tracks play randomly but my audio books pick up where I left off - at least they do so for Audible books. I have yet to try the devise for MP3 audio books. I do have numerous such books and loaded several onto the devise. If there is a bookmarking problem for non-Audible audio books, I will post an addendum. There is a feature under settings which turns shuffle play (random order) on or off. Perhaps such is the problem for these reviewers who are experiencing the bookmarking problem. They need to turn shuffle play off. edit- no problem with bookmarking non-audible audiobooks. It bookmarks fine.
Here is how to change the drive letter for your Clip Sport
1. Connect your devise to your computer
2. Open the control panel (from the Start menu) and choose Administrative Tools, then choose Computer Management
3. Select "Disk Management" in the left-hand pane
4. One of the disks will be Clip Sport - right click on it and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths...."
5. Select the current drive letter and click on "Change"
6. Assign drive letter "B" to your Sport Clip
7. Exit out and also close Audible Manager
8. Reopen Audible Manager. Everything should be fine now. You can activate your devise and start transferring content to it.
3 Stars By Two kids mom on 2015-06-18
Seems to be the Sport with a smaller screen. No recording. Did work with Overdrive. Sound is good. Clip plus still better.
These are my first impressions, I will add more after I use this for a while. I bought one to compare to my Sansa Clip plus, which is my all time favorite of the Sansa Clips. I have owned pretty much every iteration of these since the e100 series, I love them for audiobooks and music, long battery life and cost. We literally have a dozen of them in my house.
This is quite obviously based on the Clip Sport, with a smaller screen. In fact if you go to the site, the manual listed under the Jam is actually the Sport manual. I was not a big fan of the Clip Sport (or the Clip Zip) the larger screen sucked the battery, and I just do not care enough about screen art. But I decided to give this one a chance as it seemed more like the Clip Plus in the description.
The Jam is the same size as the Clip plus. The clip design also the same as the Clip plus (non removable, unlike the original Clip which could be replaced). There is no longer an on button on the top, the middle oval button is the on/off as well as “select”. Not too happy about that, I tend to have problems sometimes with pausing the Clips accidently and having the on/off button in the middle is going to mean sometimes it will turn off when I happen to lean against something (or roll over when listening while going to sleep).
I really think this is the same chipset as the Sport, which will mean you cannot Rockbox it.
The Clip Plus has recording capabilities, this Jam does not.
Build quality does not seem as good as the Plus. This Jam has a bit of a rattle to it, right out of the box.
I do not like the buttons as much, it is harder to tell when you have pressed them compared to the raised button on the Clip Plus.
Sound quality is still good, I cannot tell the difference between this and the Clip plus.
The Jam does come with 8GB, some of the Clip Plus were smaller. Also can use up to a 32GB sd card. Mine is working fine with a 32GB sd card.
I was able to transfer an Audiobook from Overdrive (mp3 format) which I downloaded from my library to the Jam. (Edit, someone asked for specific directions, I have added these in the comments of this review)
I do not know what Sansa is doing. The Clip Plus was a great upgrade from the original Clip, with the addition of the ability to add an SD card. Since then they seem to be flailing around, each new version has added more problems and removed features. This Jam is better than the Fuze, Zip or the Sport, but it’s older big brother, the Clip Plus is still my favorite. I see, however, that the price for those is jumping over the last few weeks.
*added after using for a few weeks*
I really do not like that you have to hold down the middle button to turn it on. I like to be able to reach up with one hand to where I have it clipped on my shirt to turn on and off. The two button on also will turn off if I bump it.
I also do not like that the sd card and the Sansa do not merge files. I have to remember where I put the file to find it (the Sansa plus shows you everything under, say podcast, on both the sd card and the Sansa. On the Clip plus, all audiobooks, or music or podcasts can be found under that file location regardless of if they are on the SD card or the actual device. On this Clip Jam they are separate.
The battery life is a bit better, about 25% longer than the Sansa Clip Plus
5 Stars By Dan on 2015-08-17
Tiny Size, Big Performance
This thing is tiny (see attached photo comparing it to an American quarter coin)! But it is big on performance. It easily holds my music library with its 8GB size and I have no problems with finding songs, or playing back anything I downloaded which I did have with my last player (not a Sandisk).
Small size makes for a discrete object that won't bulk up your bag or pocket.
Good hard drive size.
Internal battery holds a good charge.
Plays both WMP and MP3 file formats which are pretty much the standards.
Has shuffle mode that can be used within an artist (not sure about within an album because I haven't tried yet).
Comes with everything you'll need to use it.
Has actual buttons instead of touch screen so you can feel what you're pushing (I like that in an MP3 player).
Clip is surprisingly useful.
Two (count 'em, 2) volume settings: Normal And High. (not correct, see edit below)
Super tiny (see picture, it is about 2.5 quarters long by 1.5 wide) you may lose it in a bag or purse.
Clip will probably break before the rest of the product (it is plastic, I don't expect much).
My list of pros is much larger than my list of cons as you can easily see. Honestly the only con I view as a problem is the 2 volume setting thing. It is loud enough on the Normal setting for me to use on a bus full of people, but that setting is a little loud for a quiet area for me. I'd like to see some more fine tuning of the volume, but I'm willing to live with it because I like this product. It is simple in its design, and its user interface was simple enough for me to try stuff like shuffle mode in an artist to find it will play just that artist (again, haven't checked the album). This matched my needs of playing music, which it had to do and does quite well. I like that I don't need any additional pieces or cables, and that it is not a touch screen (I hate those things). I thought the Clip was stupid when I first got it, but now I see the use. I clip it to my shirt when I'm walking places or riding the bus because it is easily accessible and holds well. I think this is one of the best MP3 players you can get without getting too fancy, and would definitely recommend it to a friend.
5 stars given because the negative is minor and I like everything else more than enough to compensate.
I was wrong; there is a fine adjustment on the side of the MP3 player for the volume. I found it by accident as it is very small and on the left side of the object. With this information, my major drawback is no longer valid. This is a perfect MP3 player for use.
1 Stars By Hannah d'Arcy on 2014-09-27
NOT for audiobook fans
I used to have a Sansa Clip+ which I used daily for years, till the paint was rubbed off and eventually the screen failed. A few months ago I replaced it with a Clip Sport, which Sandisk seems to have created by taking the Clip+ and breaking it in several different ways. The "improvements" include:
-- It ignores track number. Yes, audiobook fans, when you take this out of the box it will play your audiobook tracks in random order, although by first installing a patch and then using a work-around you can eventually get the tracks to play in the right order (assuming the file names are ordered the same as the track numbers). Possibly there's an engineer at Sandisk who can't resist skipping to the last page in the middle of the first chapter, and wants to introduce us all to this experience. Or possibly Sandisk simply hates audiobook listeners. Or perhaps they fired everyone who knew about mp3 tags and replaced them with clueless contractors (yeah, I'm going with this one).
-- There's an inexplicable three-second delay in pausing. This is really useful if you're a mom who likes audiobooks and has kids in the house, because now, instead of pausing instantly when you're needed, you get to either miss three seconds of audiobook or the first three seconds of whatever your kid is saying. If this seems minor, you've never been interrupted 20 times in an hour, while you try to both be respectful to your family and yet listen to a really good novel. Presumably Sandisk's next model will have a ten-second delay before pausing, and after that "pause" will be phased out entirely.
-- The Clip Sport only gets detected by the computer about half the time when I plug it in. Same computer I was using the old Clip+ with. No rhyme or reason to it. Just have to keep plugging & unplugging or trying different USB ports until it gets recognized.
-- Audio files randomly stop playing partway through and claim the file is corrupted or is the wrong type or similar. Yet when I plug the player into my laptop -- and, eventually, get the computer to see it -- I can play that same file from the Clip Sport and listen to the file all the way through via the computer. So, clearly, there is nothing at all wrong with the file. The Clip Sport is simply petulant.
-- If you adjust the volume, you will lose all ability to pause, rewind, or fast forward for several seconds until it finally drops the volume display. They really love their bigger screen at Sandisk and they want you to have to stare at it as much as possible, never mind whatever it is you're doing at the time.
-- If you accidentally bump the forward button and skip to the next track, the display will not show that you are on the next track. It will helpfully stay on the track you *used* to be on. Not to worry! After the first 40 times you realize the display doesn't match the track you're on, you will cotton on to the Clip Sport's wily ways and come to see this as an endearing eccentricity.
-- Does not really, in actuality, have a hard reboot. You can hold down buttons to your heart's content, but sometimes it's going to take you ten minutes to get it unstuck when it thinks (silly thing!) that it has a corrupt file, even though it doesn't.
-- Under the Folders section -- because if you expect your tracks to play in order, you will be using the Folders section -- the Audiobooks category will list a great many audiobook tracks which have actually been deleted. There's nothing like a little nostalgia for audiobooks gone by, right? And it's a nice challenge to hunt through a realllly long list to find the book you are currently listening to.
And now I'm off to either purchase a different brand or find some 2009 vintage Clip+ players on eBay or the like (I don't trust the ones they're currently producing -- god only knows who's in charge of the joint these days).
-- Pro-tip: Podcasts are to be found under "Books". Because they're basically really tiny books, right?
4 Stars By Ric on 2015-07-09
The best Clip since the +
I'm a long time and big fan of the Clip players, being among the very first users of the original Clip back in 2007-8. I have owned every iteration since (Clip, Clip+, Clip Zip and Sport) and you can read my reviews of each of them. I have always believed the Clip to be a much superior player to the iPod Shuffle (and even the grossly overpriced Nano) given it's low price point and usable display. The Clip+ has been by far my (and several others) favorite iteration of all Clips released so far. It improved on all aspects of the original while maintaining the same small foot print and I've owned several of them over the years.
However something went horribly wrong with SanDisk's design dept. after the Clip+ when they thought that a low-res color display in a portable mp3 player was more important than usability when they released the terrible Clip Zip. It tanked badly among critics and customers. SanDisk then went back to the drawing board and released the Sansa Sport. While it offered a massive improvement in battery life, it retained the useless low-res display and crappy OS while actually INCREASING the size of the player. Suddenly it was no longer such a portable audio player that made it so popular. After another lukewarm response from the consumers, it seems like they have finally heard us with the release of this latest version.
While it still doesn't feel as sturdy as the awesome Clip+ (the body retains the same cheap plastic introduced with the Zip), this little Jam guy retrieves all the features we loved about it's elder brother: the smaller footprint, the basic but oh-so-useful monochromatic screen that shows only the info we're actually interest in (track title/artist name instead of a stupid low-res album artwork) and a pretty cool set of colors. While I'm sad that the battery life has gone down compared the Sport (18 hours vs 25) I'm happy that it feels like the portable player it's meant to be and I can be proud of my Clip again. Although I think they should offer a 4GB version at a lower price point (under $30) since I really don't need larger storage for a player made primarily for exercising (most gym sessions last less than 1 hour, how many tracks/storage do you need for such a short time really?)
All in all this is the best Clip since the +. SanDisk is back on the right track, now if only they swap that cheap plastic body for the same material as the + for the next version..
3 Stars By Dr. Jackybottom on 2014-02-18
Another Step Back
I reviewed the 2 gen older version of this mp3 player several years ago. The Sansa Clip+. Let me just direct you to that product since it is still the best mp3 player in this category/price range. It's successor, the Clip Zip, introduced a (crappy) color screen, slightly crappier build and a few less really useful features. It was annoying, but still a lot of capabilities in such a small form factor and under 50 bucks. Now the Clip Sport is here, and they've gone another step backwards, shaving off a couple more features (including recording capabilities), enlarging the body and screen (but with the same low pixel density as before, and now regular LCD instead of OLED that the previous ones had), and making the interface just a tad less intuitive than before.
I don't get it. They had several years to update hardware/specs, reintroduce features that consumers expressly missed in the last Clip, and maybe even *gasp* actually ADD features. Nope. Here's the crappiest Clip yet. Please pay $50 for the same slightly more worthless device because it's now LARGER.
Bottom line: Screw this thing. Buy yourself a Clip+. Outside of not having a color screen here are the advantages of the Clip+: AMOLED screen (not full color but WAY easier to read in sunlight), more intuitive interface, better options including voice recorder, the ability to record and save radio broadcasts, better audiobook controls, smaller and more lightweight. If you need AAC (iTunes music format) compatability, go with the Clip Zip. It's not as good as the Clip+, but still better than the Sport.
2 Stars By Robert on 2017-06-04
Clip Sport is an absolute piece of junk (compared to Clip +) - don't buy it!
Clip Sport is an absolute piece of junk (compared to Clip +) - don't buy it!
I've had a Clip + for several years and it was great (the battery had gotten to where it would only hold about 1 hour charge, and that's the only reason I was getting a replacement). I could easily read the screen on my old Clip +, and the menu navigation made perfect sense. I had my mp3 music files arranged in folders (even hierarchical folders, such as 'pop' with '80s' '90s' and '2000s' subfolders - I could play them all by playing the top-level folder, or I could go into a sub-folder to play something more specific). This new Clip Sport will *only* let you select *a* folder, and play the mp3 files in that folder. This is a deal-breaker for the way I like to listen to music. I am hugely disappointed!
And navigating the menus has become brain-dead. In the Clip +, you could go into 'Music' and under music you could "play all", or go to "folders", etc. With the Clip Sport, "folders" is a completely separate thing from "music" (what? why? who did this?!?)
With the Clip +, the text on the screen was very easy to read. With the Clip Sport, the text is *tiny* and in white letters against a light blue background. Who came up with that bright idea! (I have to get reading glasses to even try to read it! I have no clue how a visually impaired person could read it!). You would think they'd use higher contrast text & background. And my mp3s don't have album covers with them, so why can't they use the whole large screen to display bigger text, when there is no picture? (they take up 90% of the screen with some 'blank' picture place holder).
And menu navigation seems brain-dead!. I'll be in a sub-menu, and want to go 'up' one level ... but the 'back arrow' button seems to always take me back up to top level. Aghhh! - How annoying!
Even though this Clip Sport supposedly has much longer battery life than the older Clip + model, I'm planning to send this Clip Sport back, and look for another Clip +.
And a small gripe - the Clip + had a mini-usb plug (which was very easy to plug in), but this new Clip Sport has a *micro* usb plug ... and in my opinion, they installed it "upside down". They didn't make the unit any thinner than the Clip + ... so why did they change it to micro usb?
On a personal note, whoever designed the Clip Sport should be fired! They had a perfectly designed unit in the Clip + to use as a starting place - they could have just changed the 'menu' button to the 'back arrow' button, and made the battery life longer. But no - they decided to change everything, and make it the most annoying mp3 player I've ever used (for what reason?!?)
1 Stars By Karen L. Loveridge on 2018-02-12
Not for audiobooks if you want quick on/off/pause/fast forward, etc. Great for exercisers who don't want sensitive buttons
I so wanted to like this. I have purchased several SanDisk MP3 players. I preferred the Sansa over the JAM (though I am learning how to optimize the JAM for my audiobooks. I decided to give the Sports Plus a chance to see how it worked for audiobooks and found it way too frustrating for audiobooks. It is probably spectacular for using when running or exercising because the buttons aren't as sensitive so you don't end up inadvertently turning it off, fast forwarding or putting it on pause. The down side is that when you want to do these things you have to push harder and longer. I listen to a lot of audio books and I like to quickly push the "pause" and have it pause rather than take it out, put it in front of my face and push long enough for it to pause. Plus I had two situations where the book parts downloaded in the wrong order, which hasn't happened to me in my 10+ years of SanDisk players. Another problem was that until I discovered my Audible download went into music and I needed to physically move it to the audible folder -- it kept going back to the beginning and I'd have to fast forward to where I had been and it is a SLOW fast forward. Significantly slower than my other MP3 players, even when I adjusted the settings. Since the audiobook I was listening to was over 30 hours long it was a major issue. It is probably great for music and other media and probably audiobooks if used differently than I use it. But I returned it and bought a memory card for my JAM and when I need a second MP3 player will get another JAM.
5 Stars By A.Sperelli on 1969-12-31
great for music and podcasts, not audiobooks
I received this as a gift a year ago and still love it one year later. Unlike most people, I hate having EVERYTHING connected to my phone - I don't like the fact that listening to podcasts or music means running down my battery and when going out for a walk, I like to be able to clip this tiny device to my clothing and just go. I have an iPhone and a Mac laptop, and in general I find Apple fairly intuitive but in recent years that seems to be changing. I'm also in general looking for Apple alternatives since I really dislike the direction they are moving in (changing laptop/cell phone design so that it is impossible to replace anything at all like batteries, hard drives, etc...)
The Clip Jam is intuitive to use for the most part - adding music and podcasts is a breeze, and I don't have to waste time getting frustrated with iTunes every time they update it and then spend an hour trying to figure out how to use it again. If you are looking for a really simple, easy to use (and cheap!) MP3 player, you can't really get much better than this.
That being said, there are some minor downsides:
1) Audiobooks. I didn't buy this device for use with audiobooks, but after reading the difficulty others were having, I decided to give it a try out of curiosity. I copied an audiobook file from my computer that I'd bought from Audible. Though the file copied without problem, when I attempted to start the audiobook, I got the message "Please activate your device to play this title". After some internet sleuthing on forums, I learned that this issue could be fixed by going to Audible's website and downloading the "Audible Manager". The only problem with this is that the Audible Manager is only available for Windows based computers. Since I have a Mac, I am SOL.
*later in the same day that I added the audiobook file to the ClipJam, the ClipJam wouldn't turn on anymore. I went online and learned that other people had a similar issue if they added a corrupted file to the ClipJam. I read what others did and followed suit - I took out the external SD card, put it in my computer, formatted it, then did the long reset (hold the button down for a minute), let go, and the ClipJam restarted. Once it restarted, I put back in the SD card which was not recognized because it was formatted by a computer so I reformatted it in the ClipJam. This worked like a charm, and I've had no problems with it since.
2) Making Playlists on the go. Unlike the old iPods, I haven’t been able to find a way to make playlists while I’m out and about. However, from my computer (Mac) it’s really easy to put songs or podcasts into a new folder on the desktop, then copy that folder from the desktop into the ClipJam. Doing it this way, I can create playlists from my computer. For my needs, this is completely adequate.
With these two caveats in mind, for a $30 MP3 player, I still think it's a great option if you are looking for a simple device to just listen to music and podcasts. Let me know if you have any questions, and if you found this review helpful, please consider leaving me feedback.