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Old 03-12-2013, 02:08 AM
Jasonuncloned Jasonuncloned is offline
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Default Is the Headphone jack and clip on the Zip more durable and reliable then the Clip+?

Hi everyone,

My beloved Clip+ is about to be retired because of the headphone jack issues, a broken clip, and overall wear. I've seen the threads about repairing the jack, but this one is just beat so it's time for a new one.

So I'm debating another Clip+ or a Zip Clip. I really don't have any desire to see a postage stamp sized album art picture on the display and the track info is much more useful to me. Frankly if that's the only major advantage to the Zip then I'd rather do another Clip+.

What does genuinely concern me though is whether or not the Zip has any better headphone jack or clip that is less prone to breakage.

Have there been less reported jack issues with the Zip?

Is the clip on the Zip less prone to breakage?

Searching on ebay of Zips I also noticed an alarming number of Zip auctions for lots of 8 or 10 that were either non-working or non-tested!

If there more breakage issues for these then the Clip+?

My Clip+ lived a relatively rough life but still lasted over 2 years. For the cost vs. quality of the device I was satisfied with that and will be buying another Clip.


And some more questions that I couldn't fit in the title but will influence my purchase. I have never rockboxed my Clip+ so I have some noob questions related to that.

The Zip is supposed to play m4a files but in posts like this one I am reading that it does have some potential issues with reading them?

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...ad.php?t=68532

Will Rockbox on a Clip+ let me play m4a files too?

Does the zip let you view ALL media on both the internal memory and the card or is it still separate?

Would Rockbox allow me to do that on either player?

Again, these two issues could influence my decision too.

Ultimately if the Zip is no better durability wise and rockbox can do what I was asking about I will probably get another Clip+
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