Sansa Clip Plus

My aunts gave me a gift certificate to Amazon.com for Christmas. I like to spend gift certificates on something I want rather than something I need (like a text book) because I don’t always get a chance to do that. I had been thinking about buying a portable music player to use in my car for a while now, and this was the perfect excuse. I knew that I didn’t want an iPod, so I did some research at Anything But iPod. I was very impressed by their review of the Sansa Clip Plus (or Clip+), and I noted that it took home their #1 player of 2009. I won’t go into too much detail about why I chose the Clip+, but the ability to play OGG and FLAC formats in addition to mp3, the cost, the expandable memory slot, and the reportedly great sound quality were all key factors. I must say that ABi didn’t misrepresent the Clip+ at all. It’s fantastic!

Sansa Clip PlusI bought the 8 GB model from Amazon. Since the Clip+ has an expandable microSDHC slot, I also recently grabbed an 8 GB card for $12 from Fry’s, giving me a total of 16 GB. My main reason for buying a portable music player was to replace the (literally) 50+ CDs strewn over the back seat of my car. I have a lot of music on my computer, but I get sick of listening to the same album all the time, and I usually get very frustrated with the radio. Since my car’s radio unfortunately doesn’t have a line-in jack, I also picked up an iriver AFT 100 FM Transmitter, which works surprisingly well. I was a little skeptical of the FM transmitters at first, but with this one the sound is usually pretty clear and without static.

I don’t have much else to say except: I love this thing! My assortment of music on the road is huge now, which is something I’ve been wanting for a long time. I did a lot of driving during the months of February and March, and this little guy was a perfect companion. Plus, I’m thrilled that this thing has an expandable microSDHC slot. Recently companies have started making 32 GB microSDHC cards, and in a year or two when the price drops, I’ll have a 40 GB mp3 player that’s about the size of a box of matches for very cheap. Plus I love that I have an excuse to expand my music collection. I bought a couple of new albums recently, so look forward to some new music reviews. Sansa also impressed me by having standard protocols for syncing, so I can choose either MSC or MTP mode. To make a long explanation short, it works well on Ubuntu (and Linux in general).

All-in-all, this Sansa Clip+ gets an A+ from me. It comes with a very high recommendation.

6 thoughts on “Sansa Clip Plus

  1. such an i-everything hater 😀 got to love it. So, to educate all those who want to cut their ties with Apple, how about your take on music organization software? Curious what you use as well.

    • 🙂 Yep that’s me. i-everything hater. I wouldn’t be if they could just make stuff a little more open and didn’t try to trap everyone in their universe all the time. For music software, I use a combination of Banshee and Rhythmbox on Ubuntu. Rhythmbox is the official music player of Ubuntu, and it tends to be a tad more stable, but a tad less “pretty”, compared to Banshee. I’ll do a longer post on music organization software in the future. Of note, Rhythmbox finally got the ability to sync iPhones and iPod touches with the release of Ubuntu 10.04 last month. My mom got an iPod Shuffle for her birthday, so I’m going to have to see how it works with Ubuntu since that’s all she’s got on the desktop I built her. One problem is that you still need to have iTunes “intialize” the iPod for the first time, which is a major pain. After that, it supposedly works very well though.

    • Btw, (I’m assuming your know this but) I’m specifically an iPOD hater because 1. Apple insists on “requiring” iTunes to sync them (but doesn’t provide support for Linux and in fact tries to sabotage support when Linux provides its own), 2. iPods are consistently about twice as expensive as an equally equipped player from Sansa and elsewhere (4GB Shuffle for $76, 8GB Nano for $125, 16GB Nano for $160; I paid $58 for an 8GB Clip+, $12 for an extra 8GB card, expandable to 32GB, also 8GB Sansa Fuze w/ video for $63), 3. iPods have non-expandable storage, and 4. iPods do not support open codecs like Ogg and FLAC.

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