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Initial post: Jan 21, 2009 1:34:38 PM PST
S. Hendrix says:
I'm looking for a good mp3 player for when i run at the gym. I'd like something with a good battery life so i don't have to charge it every time i use it. I'd also like something that doesn't weigh a lot and I can buy an arm band for. I don't want something too high tech. either - pretty simple and easy to use (especially with one hand while running). I'd also like some kind of shuffle function, so that it will play songs randomly and i don't have to listen to the same list over and over. I don't really want to spend more than $150. I was considering an ipod because they seem to be so popular, but am worried about music compatability - do you have to buy from itunes for an ipod? Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 5:40:24 PM PST
This is the exact item I was looking for too. All I want to do is listen to music while I work out either in the gym, treadmill, running or biking. I don't need to watch music videos or full length movies. I want a screen that is easy to read and I don't have to spend more than $100.00 to $125.00. I really don't want to have an MP3 player that I have to subscribe to a web-site to down load music.
I'll stand by and check to see what comes up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 2:08:04 PM PST
Sansa clip is great for workout. I just got one to use in the gym. So light and easy to use. It clips on my shirt and stays there. It has shuffle function, FM radio, and a dedicated volume control button, all the things that are very useful during workout. The price is very, very reasonable. You can easily find a bargain on the web.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 10:44:51 AM PST
R. Snyder says:
I have a Sansa Clip, too. However, I have not been able to load anything onto mine. Did you have any problems?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 1:08:04 PM PST
Creative Zen has several very compact MP3 players. I have a Creative V Zen plus; it is tiny. I use it at the gym. However, I do download music to it (from Rhapsody), an dfor this purpose pay a monthly fee to Rhapsody ($15)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 9:17:22 PM PST
Do you use a PC with Window Media Player 11? I tried drag and drop from the desktop and the player will not bring up anything to play until I reloaded the music in WMP 11. There might be more to it. But I was in a hurry to get to the gym.

Creative Zen Stone Plus is a nice one too indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 10:54:11 PM PST
R. Snyder says:
Yes, my PC has Windows Media Player 11. I actually think it's the unit now, because we tried it on another computer and the same error messages came up. The radio works though, so it's not completely worthless, but I'd sure like the player to work...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2009 6:32:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2009 6:35:39 AM PST
A. Edwards says:
I use one of the cheap sansa players... the kind you can pick up for 20 bucks or less on places like woot.com or even on amazon every once in a while. reason is, when i run, I sweat a bunch.

I have a zune , both a 120 and a 8gb versions, but I would hate for them to die because of them getting wet. the cheap sansa ones, I wouldnt be as mad. another 20 bucks and you have a new one. I wouldnt use it as my main day to day mp3 player, but for running they are cheap and if you get the right kind use AAA batteries. I love this feature cause if your in the middle of a run and the batteries die, just pop another one in. I carry an extra battery with me on long runs and have never been without music.

That being said, my cheapest sansa I have run over 45 marathons in, several in rain, its gone through the washing machine, and into multiple rivers on some trail runs. That thing wont die. I highly recommend it.

Heres the one I've had for several years. amazing it still works but it does.

SanDisk Sansa m240 1 GB MP3 Player (Silver)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2009 7:29:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2009 7:31:40 AM PST
C. Berry says:
I researched the same about a year ago. I wound up choosing a sony walkman MP3 player and I love it. They sell a hard plastic case which helps with sweat and the occassional drops. I also got a pair of sennheiser PX 100 headphones and they sound incredible. I'm not sure if the sell an armband for it though.

All that will be at the high end of a $150 budget, but the battery life is great, the sound on the walkman is really something, and it syncs up really easy to windows media player. (As an aside, I've started downloading MP3s from Amazon, and that's been a great service -- no hidden stuff, you purchase it, it's yours. I highly recommend)

I'm not running marathons, and I tend to wuss out when it's raining outside, so I cannot attest to its durability in that respect, but for the gym treadmill and the occasional 10k race (in nice weather) I am extremely happy with it. And, although it started as a jogging MP3 player, I use it all the time now, so that's been a nice plus too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2009 12:03:31 AM PST
I'm sorry to hear that. How about switching the USB Mode or updating/reloading the firmware?

If you haven't checked out this site, Sansa Clip forum might have some useful info: http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board?board.id=clip.

Now that I thought about it, my old Zen Vision: M never has these little problems and charges way faster than Sansa Clip. But the Clip is truly wonderful to use during workout.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2009 10:55:45 AM PST
Nate says:
I like the ipod shuffle. There's no screen so you have to know ahead of time what's on it, but it's super small and a joy to run with. Every time I've tried to run with an armband, it's always turned out to be such a pain. The shuffle is small enough to clip to a shirt, shorts, or just about anything else, and your headphones weigh more than the player. The battery life is great; I think I charge it about once a week when I'm using it a lot.

As for compatibility, you have to use iTunes to transfer music to the player, but you don't have to buy your mp3's from the iTunes music store. iTunes is free for both PC and Mac. You can rip mp3's from your CDs, or transfer anything that you already have in digital form into the iTunes library. I think the default is to rip to .acc, but there are options in the preferences to switch that to the more universal mp3 format. I specifically don't buy stuff from the music store because I don't want to deal with the DRM issues, and I've never had an issue playing music on my shuffle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2009 10:27:05 PM PST
Jack says:
Try the Sansa Clip or any recent mp3 player from Sandisk's line. About 5 years back my opinion of their players was bad. But they've come a long way toward making high quality mp3 players with nice sound.

iPod's not so bad for exercising either.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2009 12:17:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 29, 2009 12:22:44 PM PST
sayock says:
I agree with Sansa Clip. I bought one for my father just because I knew he'd need something easy to work and because I wanted to be able to quickly put music on his player rather than download software to do it. I wanted to buy one for myself for working out (I have both a Zune and an iPod Touch, and they are too expensive to worry about something happening to them during physical activity), but it just costs too much for me right now (I spent about $80 on a 4GB one for my father) and so I bought one of those really cheap Chinese 2gb iPod Shuffle knockoffs for about $15. But it has no screen or shuffle, both of which I hate (earphones that came with it also are the worst I've ever heard, so I substituted)--the Sansa Clip has those features, as well as a clip, and is tiny. Sound quality is the best on the Sansa Clip of any mp3 player of that size/with earbuds I've ever heard, and that was another reason I would have liked to buy one. iPods are unnecessarily expensive and have so many glitches, along with the fact that I don't feel like they're easy enough to use for people who don't love technology like I do. To me, a Sansa is way more worth the money, particularly if you want simplicity and don't want to find yourself online/on the phone to Apple trying to figure out how to fix XYZ issue every other week (I help people with tons of iPod issues daily over at Yahoo Answers).

Frankly, with any mp3 player, unless you're going to download music illegally or just rip music from CDs, you're going to have the problem of figuring out how to get music cheaply and/or compatibly. Sansa is compatible with Rhapsody, a music subscription service...but you basically just "license" music if you pay the monthly "To Go" fee, i.e. you can't keep the songs when you cancel the service. To keep music, you have to pay per download or per album. I get my music a combination of ways--downloading from programs like Limewire and websites from other countries, subscription to Rhapsody Unlimited which I use a drm-breaking program with to get all the songs I want from it without paying per song, and ripping from CDs I already have. Occasionally, I buy from iTunes (and use my drm-breaking program) or something like that, but it must be a case where I just can't find the song any other way except buying an expensive CD.

Hope this helps some people.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2012 4:56:49 PM PDT
i have had 2 this year. the first had a battery lock up after a month. the second just quit working.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 4:59:54 PM PDT
thats 2 sansa clips. sounds good, easy to put songs on. i wish theyd last

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 7:14:20 AM PDT
K. Hardaway says:
Have a sansa fuze i've been using for over 4yrs alot including at the gym. Love the easy to use physical buttons/scroll wheel for using without looking at the device.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 4:23:07 PM PDT
Can I put the music from my Amazon MP3 account on the Fuze? And does it have a shuffle feature?

Thnx
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