SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

Summary: For just $50, you could get a 4 GB SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player with a built-in a micro SDHC slot and a color display that can do everything from play FLAC files to double as your voice recorder.

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SanDisk's newest Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player may look like an elongated iPod shuffle with a color display on top and a clip on the back, but is actually packed with so many features that it makes you wonder why anyone would hand $50 over to Apple for a shuffle.

For the same price as the 2 GB shuffle, you could get a 4 GB Sansa Clip Zip that comes with a micro SDHC card slot expandable to 32 GB, a 1.1-inch color display for cover art and a graphical interface, and a music player that triples as a stopwatch, FM radio and voice recorder. The SanDisk player is also available with 8 GB of internal storage for $70.

Audiophiles would be pleased to know the Sansa Clip Zip supports FLAC rather than Apple's proprietary Lossless file format. Other music and audiobook file formats that it supports include: MP3, WMA, secure WMA, Ogg Vorbis and AAC compatible (DRM-free iTunes). So rather than spend time googling for tips and converters to get your non-M4a files to play on an i-device, this MP3 player simplifies the process of getting the files you want to your device.

While the Sansa Clip Zip is thicker than the shuffle at 0.58-inch and measuring almost twice as tall at 2.25-inch, it is still relatively light and portable for strapping onto belt hoops. Its internal rechargeable battery is good for 15 hours of use, according to press materials. Even though a dedicated MP3 player seems out of place when most phones already double as music players, it still has its uses. For students facing a long commute who do not want to drain their phone's battery just by listening to music, or athletic types who need their own personal soundtrack while hiking but don't want to risk dropping their phone on the trail, the Sansa Clip Zip is an affordable player to use, worry-free.

Taking a page from the shuffle, the 4 GB Sansa Clip Zip comes in seven different colors, while the 8 GB model is only available in Black or Grey. Both the 4 and 8 GB SanDisk players are available in the U.S. and Canada now for $50 and $70 respectively, with a rollout to Europe planned for September.

[Source: SanDisk press release]

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  • I'm waiting for the lawsuit...

    "It's rectangular with a tiny color screen! It has a clip!! it plays music!!! It has an lower case i in the name!!! It violates our patents! We invented the color screen, and the clip, we invented the lower case i! Why, we even invented music!" CRY HAVOC AND LET SLIP THE LAWYERS OF WAR!!!
    Scubajrr
    • RE: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

      @Scubajrr
      LOL! Well said!
      Oddmoore
    • RE: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

      @Scubajrr
      Spoken like a true scum-bag lawyer... :P~
      MARoss
  • RE: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

    Who uses a phone as their mp3 player, seriously? Smartphones have enough battery problems as it is without adding hours of music playback on top of that. There's a reason Apple is still selling iPods like crazy.
    Aerowind
    • RE: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

      @Aerowind Uh...I do. One less thing to carry/forget.
      mmarquis
    • RE: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

      @Aerowind Similar Sansa's have been around for years.... along with iPods... the reason the iPod is popular is advertising... no need to sue anyone....
      Hasam1991
      • RE: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

        @Hasam1991 Er, why was this aimed at me. I know they've had similar ones. I used an old 2GB Sansa for years. My post was about people wanting dedicated music devices because they don't need yet another thing draining smartphone battery life.
        Aerowind
  • RE: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

    Want!
    fairportfan
  • RE: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

    Sansa makes a solid little mp3 player, the only complaint I have is that the battery life is significantly reduced when playing from the sd card (like 50%), but it plays all day from the internal memory.
    SkiddMarxx
  • RE: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a budget iPod shuffle, but better

    withdrawn
    oldguardreindeer-techrepublic
  • Clips Sound Better Than Any iPod as Well

    Thanks to the quality of the digital to analog converter in the current line up of Sansa players, including the new Clip Zip, they sound better than any iPods as well. The general public doesn't seem to care about this (which is why Apple doesn't care either), but if sound quality means something to you, it's nice to have something beyond an iPod. The only iPod that has better than mediocre sound is the Classic (they still hadn't neutered it the last I knew anyway), but even that is not rated as highly as the Clip series.
    CFWhitman
  • What a great piece of technology!

    Got a couple of SanDisk Sansa mp3 players for the kids from Amazon and they work great. I'm so excited that I wanted to share the 40% discount that I received with anybody who is looking to purchase this wonderful piece of technology: http://amzn.to/ZlPzaY - You will not be disappointed with this mp3 player.
    Tin City
  • Budget ipod shuffle it may be but..

    The battery life on it is so terrible I'm leaning towards breaking down and getting an ipod! Perhaps I'm just the lucky winner to get the 1 of 50 defectives out of every 500 sold and 1000 manufactured or something because this thing I purchased lasts nowhere near 15 hours of continuous play, hell it can't even last 3-5 hours of uncontinuous play. And yes it's been like this since I took it out of the box so dropping likely has nothing to do with it, it's on battery saving mode, & has had no liquid exposure!
    If I have to charge it every day, twice a day, after only using it 2.5-3 hours..... it's no better than my new smartphone & I might as well use it as my music player too instead of hauling around the mp3 player along with the phone. Yes this Sansa Clip zip is cheap....too cheap. But I guess you get what you paid for right?
    Djizzle Moon
    • my precious.....!!!

      ....Also ipod shuffle feels unique and it's trully the smallest (as of 2013) mp3 player in the world!!! (Even its price compares head-to-head with clip zip).
      Yannis Gkaragkanis