5 Stars By V. Winkler 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.
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..
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.
2 Stars By Common Sense on 2015-06-29
Raw firmware. Unexpected discharge when off.
Note: my main use is for audiobooks.
So far, given expectations from owning Clip and Clip+, I'm disappointed.
After taking device on a week-long trip:
- twice it unexpectedly lost a lot of battery charge when being off (for example, 80% to 20% after being off for 2 days).
- twice I unexpectedly lost my place in the audiobook. Had to navigate back to correct audiobook and find the chapter (for comparison, Clip+ remembers current chapter once you select the book)
- pausing is delayed by about 3/4 second. it may not seem much, but in practice if you see someone starts speaking to you and you pause, this results in missing both what the person speaking and couple of words. Compared to Clip+, this results in more "excuse me?" and rewinds
- with Clip+ , fast forward and rewind start slow and speed up. With some practice, you can learn to rewind just a few seconds. This device starts with much coarser rewind.
(Edit after 2 more weeks)
- podcasts file order is plainly wrong. for example, of 191 episodes, this is the order: 128 ... 189, 001 ... 127, and 190 and 191 are nowhere to be seen(!). The ordering issue is consistent for podcasts with more than 127 episodes.
I'm considering downgrading to Clip+ if I can find it for comparable price.
4 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2014-02-19
Hardware is great, software....not so much. Wait for a soft or firmware update!
Testing this player with familiar music, on a pair of Sennheiser HD 558s, I have no complaints about its sound quality or performance relative to the previous amazing entries in the Sansa line. Scrolling is fast, music sounds very clear, and the player is lightweight. An excellently designed piece of hardware, inside and out.
Now, onto the not-so-good stuff...
I figured that being an early adopter of new hardware would come with a couple of glitches, however, a particularly glaring issue with this player, for me, possibly warrants a return, and the purchase of another Clip+ to replace the one I recently broke.
This is the issue:
For example, if you have an album title such as "Wind Waker Disc 1" and another "Wind Waker 2" by the same artist, "Koji Kondo" what this player will do is combine the two albums into one album (folder) to "Wind Waker Di" (yes, incomplete), and list all tracks from A-Z in alphabetical order. It will not read the ID3v tags for track numbers at all. It won't play track 1 from Disc 1, followed by track 1 from Disc 2, it will look at all of the songs by name, and play them alphabetically ONLY. There is nothing in the settings to change this, but this issue has been submitted as a bug to Sandisk, and presumably they are working on a fix for it. Playlists might solve the issue, but I am not going to sit down and create playlists for all of my records.
Were this player part of the first-generation of MP3 players, this would be an acceptable bug, however something as basic as ordering music properly should be a day-one "feature" and currently, it is making my music library very difficult to access satisfactorily. When an update is released, or better yet, a Rockbox port is, I would highly recommend this player to anyone.
For previous Sansa enthusiasts:
My previous set up was a Sansa Clip+ with Rockbox installed, and a 64gb microSDXC from Sandisk, which performed flawlessly. This player, as I was informed on the Clip Sport forums, utilizes a different chip from previous Sandisk MP3 players (hence the dropping of "Sansa" from the product line) and so is going to be a long way off from Rockboxing.
The player could not read all of the music off of my card that my Rockboxed Clip+ could. It simply stopped at the letter "M" in the artist list, and scrolling/refresh rate was slightly glitchy, as if the processor was struggling to update the list.
That said, the "rebuilding library" process, though incomplete, was very fast. This will be a very good player to have once the software bugs are hammered out by the development community.
4 Stars By strugglebuggy on 2016-01-28
Fantastic FLAC player for the money!
I live in the city and have a long commute to work (45 minutes to an hour each way, either by bike or public transport) and like to spend that time listening to stuff. Sometimes it's podcasts, and my iPhone is perfect for that, but often I prefer downloaded audiobooks or music and there's just no room on there for that stuff, not to mention the fact that a lot of my audio files are in FLAC or other formats that just aren't supported by many players. Enter the SanDisk Sport:
-It plays FLAC files!!
-It plays a lot of other formats too!
-It has a radio tuner! It has a microSD slot so you can get an extra 32 gb of storage for 12 bucks more!
-It's ridiculously small and comes with some pretty decent earbuds!
-It's drag and drop and not tied into some crappy music player or store with heavy DRM!
Overall, it's pretty awesome and the price is unbelievable. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is because it does feel kind of cheap (albeit rightly so) and the display is just so ridiculously terrible to look at. All the text looks like it's in comic sans and the graphics look like something out of a late eighties video game. Also, I have had some of the previous versions of this device and my experience with them leads me to believe that there is going to come a point in the not-so-distant future in which this thing is just going to stop working entirely. Still, I think by the time this happens, I will have gotten much more than my money's worth. Highly recommended for anyone whose phone doesn't have enough storage or who wants a cheap player that supports FLAC
5 Stars By Mitchy on 2016-09-10
Great product and sound. Easy to use
Very portable, GREAT sound, volume is awesome from low to high. Easy to transfer items. I use for Book on Tape and keeps your place. Only when you transfer new books into your audio files folder that you should make note of which "part" of a book you are on. It seems to not go exactly to the right spot. I am OK with this since I only listen to one book from start to finish. It could be I don't know how to get back to where I left off too. The only thing I don't like is the pause button is small for my hands and sometimes I touch the wrong control. A bit annoying.
4 Stars By 2DayDeliver Customer on 2017-03-01
If using with Audible.com, *don't* use their "enhanced" format
I bought this primarily because I have an older Sandisk player I used for listening to Audible.com content (audio books), and Audible informed me that I could no longer use format 3 for some reason on that device.
Unfortunately I have had the same "lag" issue that others have reported on this device (Clip Jam). Let me say as an aside that I have ONLY used this device for Audible.com content so far, and have in fact not yet put any music on the device. And that I've not bothered to put a microSD card in to expand the capacity, as for now at least, I'm loading just one book at a time, just to make the UI easier.
The lag I experienced was when I would press "pause" or "play", I could sometimes wait up to 30 seconds before the device would actually start playing. This is particularly frustrating if someone starts talking to you or for some other reason you need to stop right away.
So I went a couple of rounds with customer support, and found their response to be pretty good and fast. The upshot is that 2DayDeliver offers a total of five formats now: formats 1 - 4, plus "enhanced". When I had to stop using format 3 (and I've already forgotten why ...), rather than go to format 4, I decided to try the "enhanced": not that I care about whatever increased audio fidelity goodness that might entail (even format 3 sounds fine to me for audiobooks), but because unlike the other formats, the "enhanced" format version of audiobooks download as monolithic files. So the book I'm currently listening to downloads in two parts, two separate files in format 4, and some books take even three or even more files depending on total length. But in enhanced format the book downloads as a single file. Very easy user interface given very long file names --- typically with the "part 1" coming last when present.
But what I was told on the second go-round with Sandisk's support team is that Audible.com doesn't support the "enhanced" format for this device. This was not at all obvious to me when I purchased it, and that's part of why I would give it 3-1/2 stars if I could (I nudged it to 4 stars based on their customer support responses).
The other thing I'm not keen on is that, even when I went to format 4, which IS supported, I can still get a lag of a couple of seconds. I can live with that, but with devices operating in theory at electronic speeds, a couple of seconds in machine parlance is kind of forever --- unpleasant for the customer and IMO a failure in quality of the firmware.
The other thing I'm not keen on is that once in a while when I've "locked" the display, it's a little tweaky getting it unlocked; maybe I'll get the hang of the timing there and that aspect will go away, but just push and hold until the unlock icon shows up --- just that alone doesn't seem to reliably work for me.
Compared earlier times, this device offers loads of capacity and at a decent price, plus it IS working now so I'll keep it. But for my use, at least, a four star review seems a bit generous.
3 Stars By insertstupidname on 2016-08-13
Over all ok, just don't get your hopes up.
Let me start by saying I got this to replace a Sansa fuze, I loved the Fuze for the 6 years I had it, before it was stolen form my car. As for the Clip battery life should be better. I get 6-8 hours generally, not terrible, but I expected better. The random setting is very repetitive, seems like it will play the same few songs over and over, and never play others. The over all feel of the product is a bit crappy. It is very light, but not in a good way. It just feels like a plastic shell with nothing in it. Maybe it could have been thinner, or had a better battery. Something to make it feel better built. It does not keep memory when you turn it off, so will not start at the same place or song when you turn it back on. The fm radio is mediocre as well, tuning strength is not great.The sound quality is pretty good, once you dispose of the provided headphones. Over all it is a very basic music player that mostly get the job done.
2 Stars By Lee Thompson on 2015-07-05
Disappointing Model from a Great Product Line
Please note, I use these almost entirely (99%) for audiobooks so I really haven't used it as a music player.
It breaks my heart to write this, as I've owned multiple Clip+ units over the years and even bought them for others for gifts.
I picked up the Clip Sport since the Clip+ is no longer being manufactured (it is still for sale in from some outlets, although at higher prices now).
The Clip Sport, while it sitll has the AudioBooks folder and Audible support has taken some serious steps back.
* Earbuds are actually pretty decent.
* Long Battery LIfe
* Color Screen
* Shows Album Art
* It always fades in/fades out tracks. If your audiobooks are broken into lots of small files, this means you'll miss words.
* It does not remember what track you were at in a multi-file audiobook (even Audible). It can remember the position of a particular track.
* While the Clip+ did, it does not 'collapse' multi file audiobooks into a single entity.
* The menu behavior is inconsistent, sometimes back takes you up one step, usually it takes you back to the 'root'.
* It is sluggish. For example, If you hit pause, sometimes it can take several seconds for it to respond. This is especially true for large audible files.
I did some technical research and it appears that the SoC (System on a Chip - an Actions Semiconductor atj2127) they selected has very little memory for it's CPU. Database? Gone. Sorting functions? Gone.
I think Sandisk made a bad choice and hope the next model in the line goes back to something I'd be proud and happy to own.
Reviewed: Clip Sport 8GB (Lime), Firmware v1.22