1,327 of 1,359 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2009
If all you are looking for is a great sounding, small, cheap mp3 player with a display and expandability options, then the clip + is your best choice. This is very similar to the old clip with the following major differences:
- two minor button placement changes (improvement)
- UI is a bit smoother (menus scroll now)
- volume normalizing/gain
- micro-SD slot for up to 16 added gigs (which is huge)
- a little thicker, probably due to SD support
- clip is no longer removable (depending on your preference, this is a good or bad thing-guess you could just rip it off and file it down if you wanted to)
As always, it sounds great and blows away the iPod Shuffle in terms of value. So light and small--great for the gym. If you need your mp3 player to play games, surf the internet or serve double purpose as a grocery list, then this isn't for you, but if you're on a budget or just need something that plays music and does so well, this is the one.
109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
These are my first impressions, I will add more after I use this for a while. I bought one to compare to my Sansa Clip plus, which is my all time favorite of the Sansa Clips. I have owned pretty much every iteration of these since the e100 series, I love them for audiobooks and music, long battery life and cost. We literally have a dozen of them in my house.
This is quite obviously based on the Clip Sport, with a smaller screen. In fact if you go to the site, the manual listed under the Jam is actually the Sport manual. I was not a big fan of the Clip Sport (or the Clip Zip) the larger screen sucked the battery, and I just do not care enough about screen art. But I decided to give this one a chance as it seemed more like the Clip Plus in the description.
The Jam is the same size as the Clip plus. The clip design also the same as the Clip plus (non removable, unlike the original Clip which could be replaced). There is no longer an on button on the top, the middle oval button is the on/off as well as “select”. Not too happy about that, I tend to have problems sometimes with pausing the Clips accidently and having the on/off button in the middle is going to mean sometimes it will turn off when I happen to lean against something (or roll over when listening while going to sleep).
I really think this is the same chipset as the Sport, which will mean you cannot Rockbox it.
The Clip Plus has recording capabilities, this Jam does not.
Build quality does not seem as good as the Plus. This Jam has a bit of a rattle to it, right out of the box.
I do not like the buttons as much, it is harder to tell when you have pressed them compared to the raised button on the Clip Plus.
Sound quality is still good, I cannot tell the difference between this and the Clip plus.
The Jam does come with 8GB, some of the Clip Plus were smaller. Also can use up to a 32GB sd card. Mine is working fine with a 32GB sd card.
I was able to transfer an Audiobook from Overdrive (mp3 format) which I downloaded from my library to the Jam. (Edit, someone asked for specific directions, I have added these in the comments of this review)
I do not know what Sansa is doing. The Clip Plus was a great upgrade from the original Clip, with the addition of the ability to add an SD card. Since then they seem to be flailing around, each new version has added more problems and removed features. This Jam is better than the Fuze, Zip or the Sport, but it’s older big brother, the Clip Plus is still my favorite. I see, however, that the price for those is jumping over the last few weeks.
*added after using for a few weeks*
I really do not like that you have to hold down both the back button and the middle button to turn it on. I like to be able to reach up with one hand to where I have it clipped on my shirt to turn on and off. The two button on also will turn off if I bump it.
I also do not like that the sd card and the Sansa do not merge files. I have to remember where I put the file to find it (the Sansa plus shows you everything under, say podcast, on both the sd card and the Sansa.
The battery life is a bit better, about 25% longer than the Sansa Clip Plus
87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2015
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.
115 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2009
I got one of these as a backup player to use for running. Its great - small, lightweight and you can clip it onto a pocket, shirt sleeve or collar and it will hold firmly without falling off. Only had it a week week and its already taken the place of the Cowon D2 I bought a couple of years ago.
If you're looking for a small form factor, well made and cheap flash player without any frills, you'll find it in the Clip+.
These days, the only real benefit to buying a bigger player is so that you can play video on the fly and indeed the design of a lot of new MP3 players seems to be moving in the direction of Portable Media and Games. But if you're after an old-school, no frills MP3 player that sounds great - this is the one for you.
This is easy to use, the interface is simple (crucial if you're using it for running) and it requires no proprietary software (like iTunes) - just a simple drag and drop, and you have an Micro SD card slot to expand the memory (another $40 or $50 will get you a 16 gb micro-sd). All in all a lot better value for money than the screenless iPod shuffle.
If you are in the market for a budget MP3 player, there's really no reason not to buy one of these.
The only downer is the battery life - at 15 hours its decent, but the battery is non-removable (though the cost of the player is so little that by the time it wears out you'll have got your $50 worth), and I'm not sure how the use of the SD card slot will impact that. On my D2 with its rated 52 hours of battery life - playing music or video from the memory card slot seems to reduce the battery life by up to 50%. Something to bear in mind.
86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2009
I bought this player in order to replace a dead iPod Shuffle 2G. I'll get right into the pros and the cons.
-Great sound from what I've heard
-Battery life. It's rated at 15 hours and this is more than good enough for my needs
-Drag and drop in Windows Explorer! Coming from the Shuffle, this is huge and extremely nice
-Build quality. Doesn't seem 'squeaky' at all so far
-Good UI design. I'm sure it's no iPod Touch or Zune HD, but it's intuitive and straight forward
-Tiny. Not as tiny as the shuffle, but this has a screen and is therefore acceptable
-FM Radio sounds quite nice. Lots of presets
-Included USB cable is incredibly short (~6") and could stand to take a hint from the Shuffle line and include a dock and longer USB
-Screen does tend to 'flicker' just a bit as aforementioned in another review. It's not as big a deal as I thought, though
-Included earbuds sound quite nice, but do seem overly large in comparison to the iPod buds
Overall, I'm very glad I made this purchase over replacing my Shuffle with a 2G or even 3G.
66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2015
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..
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2015
It's cheap, and the sound is good, but (1) finicky about cables: for some reason, if you don't use the very short USB cable provided, it will not be detected by a computer; (2) it says Linux and Mac compatible and that you can play Audible files on it, but you need a PC with Windows to activate the thing with the Audible Manager, or it will not play Audible files. Otherwise a great alternative to expensive (in price) but cheap (in quality) apple products.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2010
We bought this MP3 player primarily as a device to listen to books. We wanted something that could easily accept the different download formats, remember where you left off, navigate chapters easily, be extremely portable and be easy to use (while driving or working out). This one fits the bill nicely. The other features are nice to have, but not essential for our purposes, so I am not commenting.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2010
I have several MP3 players (Zune and 2 IPODs)but still needed something small for the gym. I went into the store prepared to purchase a Shuffle but then this little player caught my eye. It had a screen,radio and was expandable..so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did because I love it. Specifically...
Super small and unobtrusive when working out - I put it in my pocket or clip to my top and forget about it.
* Super easy to transfer music...even Zune subscription music. I just need to synch once a month or so.
* Nice capacity... I workout to Podcasts from Podrunner and they are pretty large files. 4G is perfect.
* Battery life is amazing... This is what made me write the review. The battery doesn't drain when not in use..which means using 3x a week for an hour -requires a charge every 5 weeks. Amazing. This is not the case with any other player I have.
All in all ..incredible value for the money.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2015
The previous reviews are accurate, it sounds pretty good, it refreshes quicker after adding or removing data, its easy to navigate, and its light and compact with better battery life. That being said, if has a major flaw that all should be aware of, it is not advertised or written into the specs, but it will not display any more than 2000 files in its menu system, you can load more than 2000 files into its 8GB of memory and see them with a computer, but the menu system will not see or display all of them so you will not be able to select or play the extras over the 2000.
After two weeks of fighting with this issue, and many phone calls to SanDisk (in not so helpful, and ignorant of the products capabilities and limits, India) someone in India either tested it, or was told by an informed manager to call me back and tell me that it will not hold anymore than 2000 files on its internal memory, they went on to say that if I used an external SD Card that it too would only hold 2000 files visible, so if you intend to buy this and add a 32GB card to load up several thousand WMA's or MP3's you will be horribly disappointed. I hit the 2000 limit at 4.9GB leaving the remaining 3.1 GB unusable for music, my only option at this point is to add a 4GB card for another 2000 files of storage. I even went into all of the folders and removed the hidden files and cover art to lower the file count. There is no workaround yet.
Again, the unit works fine, and is a very good value at under $40, and I will definitely use it, but if I knew of the file limit before I purchased it I might have just made due with my older 4GB SanDisk M260 unit I have used for many years. If they issue a firmware update that fixes this limitation I would be happy to award it with 5 stars for it's quality, value, and performance.