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Old 10-07-2006, 12:12 PM
Jeffsey500 Jeffsey500 is offline
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Default Suggestions for Firmware (1.02.07 & .12)

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Due to time constraints, this thread will not be consolidated as often.
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</td></tr></tbody></table>This thread is specifically for suggestions to improve the firmware in the future. Henceforth, this thread is not intended to be a place of argument regarding one player versus another. Such arguments will be removed from this thread.

As this thread discusses only minor issues it should NOT be used as comprehensive purchasing advice.

Note: Once your suggestion is added, the individual post will be removed to reduce clutter. Please Do Not be Alarmed. If you have concerns regarding our policies, please PM us and not post a new thread.
Please Read the List Below Each Time to Avoid Duplicate Multiple Postings. Note that the List Below is Updated Frequently.
Moderators: I have very little time to consolidate these days. If you are interested in helping please PM me.

Sansa e200 Series Consolidated List of Suggestions

Priority Sorted (High Priority at Top). Let's not argue about what's more important, that's not the point
  • Volume Setting - Volume Resets to 50% on restart. For some, this is much too loud for most. It should adjust to level at shutdown. Or maybe adjust to 50 if it was above 50, anything lower than it should just remember.

  • Working EQ - The actual EQ implementation is buggy and continually resets it's custom setting or becomes "softer" (nbot so effective) after the song is changed. Very annoying and dumb.

  • Record Button Customize/Lockout - The Record button is simply annoying for most. It would be nice to disable it or reprogram it as a customizable shortcut key.

  • Multilanguage Support - Support for all major languages (Asian languages are major!). At least be compatible with displaying the text for song files first, then work on the Asian Language OS.

  • Show the Clock - Why Hide it from us on the Now Playing Screen?

  • New More Efficient Video Codec - QuickTime is archaic and over sized, more efficient codecs have been available for years. Maybe MPEG4

    Podcast M4V Support - Just to take another bite into the Apple.

  • Background Database Refresh - Since the system OS is running during data transfers, having the system read and catalogue the tags from supported file extensions as they are transferred.

  • Database Refresh with MicroSD - A database refresh of the MicroSD card occurs at each startup. This should be fixed. The player could catalogue the Date of Last Modification and Disk Content Size at shutdown and compare this the card at startup. (Manual Refresh Option Recommended)

  • Manual Database Refresh - A feature to allow the user to refresh the database in case of an error.

  • File Tree Browsing - For those less inclined to tags and sorting. Also great for tag errors.

  • 2 way Rating System - So if we decide we like a song, we're not telling the computer we like it even though the device already knows.

  • Play by Rating - Wouldn't it be nice to listen to my music that's 3 stars or above, or all my 4 star music. Give us more than just the 5 start music.

  • Customizable Wheel Light - Allow us to choose how long the scroll wheel light stays on for, or even if we turn it on at all.

  • Resume for Video - Already there for Music, why not...

  • Windows Media 11 Album Art - Windows Media Album Art is currently not compatible with the device. According to Microsoft, the issue needs to be fixed on SanDisk's Side.

  • Progressive Scroll - The faster you turn the wheel the faster the rate of change is. For example, when turned slowly, 1 revolution = 5 items moved; when turned fast, 1 revolution = 20 items. Also solves the "no matter what you do you're always one off" pain. With the scrolling pains solved, the menu and play buttons can resume normal play/menu functions.

  • Menu/Play/Pause buttons - As described above, they should assume normal functions, not UP/DOWN. (Must be implemented with progressive scroll.)

  • Enque - Allow us to select a song to play, after the current song finishes. Not to be confused with the "Go-List". This feature would be more simpler and faster.

  • Screens - Make the graphic equalizer smoother and let the user decide when to go back to the "Now Playing" screen, not just showing EQ, album art or "next song" for a couple of seconds. The screen should stay as long as the user wants it to (maybe a customizable setting). Included in the cycle, we should also be able to select a file rating (include 2-way rating sync). The fonts are also very rough, they need to be smoothed out.

  • Reduce Boot Time - Need I Say More?

  • SRS Wow - It makes things sound nice.

  • M3U Playlists - .m3u playlists are much more compatible with computers, so maybe they should support it...

  • Bookmarking - Great for the Long Video/Audio Files, especially audio books.

  • Charging Mode - Many people want to charge and listen to music at the same time. It is very annoying to have to plug in the USB cable part way just to do this. Also, please let us turn the back light OFF!!!!!!!!!!!! When the player is connected to a computer, it should ask if you want to go into which USB mode (remember my setting) or remain unconnected by charging. If implemented, manual go into USB mode and a auto dismount device mode is needed.

  • 4 Stage Power Down - Stage 1 is where backlight is set to very low (screen and buttons remain active). Stage 2 is where backlight turns off, buttons are press once to activate and second time to proceed with command. Stage 3 is soft sleep. This would be essentially off mode, allowing instant on. Stage 4 will be a true off. This is to be activated via a menu or a time delay after stage 3 has been activated. Stages 1, 2, 3 should include a disable option and a customizable timer if applicable.

  • Themes - Allow the common user to create themes on the player. It doesn't have to be complicated, but something like a background change would be nice. Note* Firmware hacking allows you to change the backgrounds, but this is NOT recommended.

  • Multiple Custom EQ Settings - Are we really asking for that much?

  • OSD for Video - Just so we know how far in we are, volume settings and all that. It doesn't have to be fancy.This is placed low because processing power may limit the ability to implement this feature.

  • Scan through Video with Wheel - Holding the >>| Button Gets Annoying. (You can get around this by holding button then activating HOLD Switch)

  • Quick Back to Music List - Just for convenience.

  • Quick to Scan Through Song

  • Missing Space - The "Now Playing:Song Name" is quite irritating to people who are semi-neurotic like me. PS. the space is missing between the ":" and the Song Name.

  • Onboard JPEG support - It's already there for Album Art, why not for photos? *Placed low because the current BMP file sizes are quite small.

  • Sleep Timer - Is it that complicated?

  • Radio Data System Utilization - Apparently this is supported by the radio's chip (a user's claim). Apparently it will be able to scan for the radio station name and currently playing song name. It would be nice if the device gave us this information, provided it s able to do so.

  • Customizable Scroll - Some people like the scrolling, some people don't. Let us choose. Also, some people might like seeing other things scroll.

  • Calendar/Extras/Stopwatch/Alarm/Games - A great convenience for those who just can't remember if the 10th is a Tuesday or Wednesday. Not to mention the Transit Riders, workout people, those who fall asleep/nap, and those in Career/Life Management Courses.

  • Name Radio Presets - For those who just can't remember what 97.2 is... (Not needed if Radio Data System was utilized)

  • Onboard Help - Or a more detailed manual. It took me 3 Google searches to find out Auto-Off was not a sleep timer.

  • Optional Mini Album Art Display on Menus - Will require the ability to use smaller fonts, but a possibility.
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  • Move Auto-Add Radio Presets - It makes no sense to have it under View Presets

  • Onboard Playlist Creation - Self-explanatory. Placed Low since it isn't the player's main purpose and it added new complications. Although in MSC mode, you can save your Go List be renaming it (it will only work on the player).
    Possibly have several GoLists? Maybe at least a "Remove from Playlist."
Moderators: I have very little time to consolidate these days. If you are interested in helping please PM me.

Last edited by xatax; 10-17-2006 at 05:48 PM. Reason: Add-ons and re-ordering
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