Summary: I bought this on a Black Friday special since my beloved Clip + battery is wearing out. I can confirm the 25 hour battery, but it was unusable out of the box until I downloaded the update from the sansa website. This now means there is a "lock" function. Updated 1/2/15 review: For Audible books, it works ok in format "4" but not in audible "e" format.
A Disappointing Device and a Step Backwards from Previous Versions
Thomas Campitelli, Amazon
4 December 2014
Summary: I wish I could say that I liked this device. I had a previous version of the Clip for several years that eventually stopped holding a charge, so I figured I would get a new one. I liked the old one quite a bit. The interface is terribly slow. Hitting pause takes one to two seconds before the unit responds. Navigation controls are sluggish and unintuitive. It is clunky in how it handles podcasts. They removed the dedicated power button, too.
Summary: I've had the Clip Zip for years and it died so I thought I get the newest SanDisk product out there. I was initially concerned by reviews discussing the firmware, especially that the device did not have a button lock, but I checked the product website and delighted that a firmware update solved all the problems. So YES you can now lock the device, but it doesn't matter because the device has several other problems that to me were a big deal. 1.
Summary: It is ponderously difficult to load music onto this device from Rhapsody, which is the main reason I purchased it. I received a refurbished one, so perhaps there's still something not quite right on this particular one, but I've worked with it for days to put basic playlists onto it. After deauthorizing it, shutting it down, shutting my computer down, and even reformatting it twice, it's still hit or miss whether I manage to access the device in Rhapsody software.
SanDisk ruined a perfectly good, affordable MP3 player...
Paul A. Tatara, Amazon
30 October 2014
Summary: I owned the previous model of this SanDisk player, and was very happy with it. Unfortunately, it fell out of my bag one day, so I “upgraded” to the new model, which has so many new-and-improved kinks in it, I rue the day that I lost the first one. First, the positive stuff: 1. It’s louder than the previous model. Now the negative stuff…and let me point out that none of these problems existed with the previous version of the player: 1.
Summary: It seemed like a nice mp3 player, and I most likely was just given a dud. Any advice as to what I should do would be appreciated.
Pros: Supports many audio formats Small Decent quality sound Battery life
Cons: Everything seemed fine, but then it suddenly cuts off when I was walking to school and now it won't turn back on. The battery had about 75% life when it turned off, and it won't turn on even if I plug it into my computer. It's just dead.
LOVE the product- HATE it seized up on me after 2 months
Janet M "older but wiser", Amazon
17 October 2014
Summary: LOVE this for listening to Audiobooks - but HATE that it seized up on me after two months. I'm guessing that I could get on some forums and try "fixes" to get it to work. But for the money, I'd rather just buy another one. I can still get to my music and listen to the radio on this one, so all is not lost. I'm trying the SanDisk Sport Clip next.. I do love this product enough that I don't ever want to be without a "Clip".
Summary: I've owned several Clip+ and Zip Clip MP3 players, the Sport is a bit larger which I don't mind but it is a little flimsier than the older models. It is different in use, for example the files I placed on the external memory aren't listed with the files on the internal memory, have to go to the External Card section to find them.