Just like you I have Sansa MP3 Players (Clip Sport & Clip Zip). These are awesome, something like 48 g, play several hours and if you treat them well last several years. Mine is now 6 years old.
OGG is not their strenght, but can play most files. For this reason I always subscribe to MP3.
I also like at least basic ID3-tags. The 'Album' is an important tag and only ID3v2 works well on Sansa's firmware.
Unfortunately, the Zip at someday got stuck at "refreshing your media". I read you could open it and flash Rockbox or try to access via serial, but the housing is very thight, almost zero gap.
I plan to listen to your Rockbox flash podcast :)
Comment #2 posted on 2020-09-27 17:09:38 by Dave Morriss
Rockbox and Sansa players
I have found that if the players lock up in some way a very long press on the on/off button can reset them. Worth a try anyway.
Installing Rockbox is not difficult. All you need to do is download the installer (https://www.rockbox.org/download/) and follow the instructions on the site. It's years since I have done it but I remember that it was very straightforward at the time. You don't need to dismantle the player in any way.
I found the original SanDisk software was very poor but Rockbox has provided all the features I need for many years.
Comment #3 posted on 2020-09-27 21:38:33 by Kevin O'Brien
My Rockbox/Sansa experience
My favorite combo was the Sansa Clip Plus with Rockbox. Sadly, San Disk stopped making them
Comment #4 posted on 2020-09-29 13:04:00 by Dave Morriss
No more Sansa Clip Plus
Yes, I was very sad to see the trend away from San Disk Sansa players that could run Rockbox, and then their disappearance. I did manage to buy some new, refurbished and second-hand players before prices became ridiculous, and have survived on them for many years. When they have all stopped working I don't know what I'll do!
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