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SanDisk Boosts Tiny Sansa Clip to 8GB

Gordon Kelly


SanDisk Boosts Tiny Sansa Clip to 8GB

Apple deserves a great deal of credit for many things, from taking the risk in producing a handset as game-changing as the iPhone to maintaining a brand with such pulling power it can get its biggest fans to buy virtually anything it makes. On the other hand it deserves a swift kick to the tender regions for the iPod shuffle and SanDisk shows us why...

With the formal announcement today of the 8GB Sansa Clip (a model my eagle/lasered eyes spotted back in August at IFA) SanDisk's entry level player now sports four times the storage of Apple's neglected model and, incredibly, at approximately £50 it will sell for virtually the same price as the 'flagship' (I use this term loosely) 2GB shuffle.

Of course storage isn't the only area when the Clip will (continue to) give the shuffle a severe wedgie in front of its peers since it also sports an OLED display, intuitive UI, space for up to 2,000 songs at 256kbps encoding (4,000 if your ears can stand 128Kbps) and beats the shuffle's battery life by 25 per cent to last for 15 hours on a single charge.

Codec support is also greater with MP3, WMA, WAV, Audible audiobooks and Ogg (thanks to a recent firmware update) all on the menu, along with an FM tuner, integrated mic for voice recording and support for subscription services like Rhapsody To Go and Napster. That's a wedgie and the bumps, to be fair...

On sale now, the SanDisk Sansa Clip 8GB also sees its arrival squash 1GB, 2GB and 4GB Clip pricing to a mere £22, £30 and £39 respectively. Yes, Apple deserves a great deal of credit for many things, but should you even momentarily consider a 2GB shuffle over an 8GB Clip you're clearly brain dead so hopelessly devoted to the Apple brand that you really should seek therapy.

Fanboys indeed...!?!


Sansa Clip Product Page


November 12, 2008, 5:10 am

I'm tempted to take the plunge now because of the higher specs.

Are you guys going to get your hands on one for a review? I know you did one previously, but now it looks like even better value!

Geoff Richards

November 12, 2008, 5:20 am

I guess that depends, Ohmz, on just how different this is from the 1GB Clip we reviewed almost a year ago now: http://www.trustedreviews.c...

If it's really just the same but now 8GB then we probably wouldn't bother. Having said that, for &#16350, it's a pretty compelling package - less than half the price of an iPod nano of the same capacity for those who don't care about video. And hate iTunes :)

I'd also suggest one advantage a Sansa Clip has over an iPod Shuffle (though I'm guessing here)... the former can actually PLAY PLAYLISTS. Personally, I HATE Shuffle mode. I listen to entire albums from Track 1 to the end. I don't want to jump around. I could see myself replacing my ageing Sansa 6GB with one of these puppies for Christmas.


November 12, 2008, 5:33 am

@Geoff - nope, Clip is compatible with playlists made in WMP, Winamp and others. More here: http://www.anythingbutipod....


November 12, 2008, 5:43 am

What the hell? Isn't it like 1am over there? What time do you guys go to bed? If you sleep at all...

My Walkman is a great player, but I always wanted something light and convenient (clip) to carry with me when going for walks. May wait a bit until boxing day.

P.S. Does the Ogg support really make that much difference to the sound quality? I've never used Ogg before, I rip in Mp3 320kbps for compatibilities sake! If it does, I will want to get the best out of my player. I'm using Sony MDRAS50G headphones right now.


November 12, 2008, 6:17 am

@Ohmz, yep our commitment knows no bounds! But feel free to augment our salaries for the overtime if you feel like it ;)

Ogg does help, it's basically better quality at the same bitrates - so theoretically you can either save space and encode lower (noooo, boo + hiss) or just enjoy a better standard of audio.

Right, bed time!

Geoff Richards

November 12, 2008, 1:07 pm

@Gordon - you misunderstood me mate.

Clip = can play lists = good

Shuffle = can only randomise = bad

Brian ONeill

November 12, 2008, 2:15 pm

on the hardware side its great but for software you need to use the god awful windows media player. Itunes really is a masterclass in great software, it just works.

Although, does software like http://www.badfruit.com get around this? This software seems out of date, anyone know of any alternatives?


November 12, 2008, 3:15 pm

I used to think the same of media Player but after buying the 2GB CLIP I was very pleasantly surprised with WMP11.

BTW I cannot fault the clip on anything significant. It is a brilliant combination of function, form and price - absolutely perfect for listening to music on the move. To demonstrate the only thing I can think of to improve it is to allow the On-the fly playlists (good feature for such a player in the first place) to be exported back to WMP.


November 12, 2008, 3:22 pm


Shuffle can play playlist but only one.

m memmory

November 12, 2008, 3:35 pm

As long as the Clip supports drag and drop (so that I can use it with Linux) then that's all I care about for a clincher on something like this - it just looks and sounds like the ultimate portable player.


November 12, 2008, 3:51 pm

Good news that, it's got the 4GB unit down to &#16331.99 on Play.


November 12, 2008, 5:12 pm

@Brian - no need, it's drag and drop matey.

sam 1

November 13, 2008, 3:12 am

This does seem like an outstanding product for the price... I may well consider changing my meizu M3 for one of these... 1 question though, does the clip have any graphic equaliser settings so I can adjust the sound?

I want to be able to tweak my sound for my Crossroads Mylarone IEMs (which by the way you guys oughta do a review on - they get talked up all the time from the guys over at Heaf-Fi - cheap at &#16330 aswell - jaben.net)



November 13, 2008, 4:04 pm

yes it has a 5 band graphic with presets as well as being customisable


November 15, 2008, 4:40 am

My 4GB unit came today and i couldn't get it to work with XP on my desktop or my EEE, just got an error message "Device Not Start" when adding new hardware.

Solution: On the Sansa Clip go to the Settings Menu and change the USB mode to MSC, it worked brilliantly after that on both machines, installed no problem.

andre tropiq

December 4, 2008, 9:18 pm

I saw this advertised on QVC, the shopping channel;if i didn't have an Ipod, I would give this some serious thought. A friend of mine bought a slightly higher spec version in the USA that could play videos - the screen was awesome: clear and crisp.

Kroz Prozor

February 15, 2009, 5:35 pm

I bought this in November at a special offer from "Comet". Did not touch it until Christmas, as it was a present for my daughter - I am still absolutely amazed at the quality and the capacity at this price!

Listening to it every day at work - whether as music player, or radio. I would consider it a superior product in every respect.

Loading music cannot be simpler or faster; sound is OK with supplied headphones - fantastic with a better quality ones.


March 15, 2009, 6:28 pm

@Brian ONeill

At least WMP doesn't kill of my RAM faster than iTunes do.

Nor does WMP attempt to take over my music.

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