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Old 01-12-2008, 10:53 PM
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I love the connect, the interface is the best I've ever used on a player, as are the controls. The wheel works perfectly. It is by far the best implantation of a wheel in any player. The battery life isn't spectacular but it lasts my whole day, so I'm satisfied with it. The wireless radio is a nice addition although I don't use it very often. The player is gorgeous and feels just right in my hand.

However I have a serious gripe with this player, and sandisk as a company. This is the fourth sandisk sansa player in my family, I love the series of players, sandisk really did a good job. I'm a linux user and so far theyve done a good job at implanting UMS in all their playres through method or another, most of them leave it as a option right on the menus. However, this one does not. Okay, fine, I can use libmtp and some front end. But no, the player refuses to work with libmtp. So I mount up NFS on my sisters windows box and transfer all my songs on there, but that comptuer refuses to pick it up, even though it picks up her e200 in MTP. Then I go onto my mothers work computer, FINALLY! I am able to transfer my songs. I use up about 85% of the space on music. Then I convert a movie and attempt to drag it over, NOPE! Not that easy, it says that the codec isnt supported, fine I download the lame smc program and load it into that, but smc refuses to detect my player.

Why does this have to be difficult? Why cant there be UMS? Why cant sandisk throw libmtp a bone and help them include the player. Why does MTP blow, even on windows boxes? Ugh.
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Old 01-12-2008, 10:58 PM
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agreed, MTP blows...
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:12 AM
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FWIW, the Connect will accept songs copied directly onto a microSD card, without MTP. I know that doesn't resolve the issue with the internal memory.
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:41 AM
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what about videos copied directly onto a microsd card? I was debating getting that 6gb microsd card.
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:51 AM
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Is there no MSC workaround on the Connect, as it is for the e200 and older Clip firmwares? Hold + center button, or something similar?
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:43 PM
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No, theres not. Theres no way to get into a MSC mode, and the MTP mode blows (its even flaky in windows). Sandisk didn't make the player or the firmwire, although I think they re-themed it. It's a lot more usable than their standard interface, actually its the best interface I've used on any player.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:26 AM
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It's a lot more usable than their standard interface, actually its the best interface I've used on any player.
Agreed, though the one thing I think it's lacking is the ability to display album art using as much of the screen as possible. With such a beautiful display, I don't know why they didn't think about this.
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:19 PM
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what about videos copied directly onto a microsd card? I was debating getting that 6gb microsd card.
Yes, they play fine. The only problem I ran into was the transfer time. I used a cheap PQI card and it took 30min for 1.5GB via card reader. No file was larger than 200MB.
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