After at least a couple of years of use, my trusty iAudio 7 is beginning to malfunction. It has rarely useful touchscreen controls that are disabled by sliding a lock button over. Once done, there are buttons that assume new functions, which is very handy. You can play/pause, control volume, and skip/forward/rewind tracks all without using the cursed touch screen. Unfortunately, the lock button is malfunctioning and now the touchscreen gets brushed in my pocket which suddenly changes tracks and/or increases the volume to an ear-bleeding level.
I use my mp3 player constantly. I listen to Girl Talk and Kid Cudi while jogging, several different podcasts, and Spanish lessons from Pimsleur.
I figured I might as well try out a new mp3 player. I like the idea of single-purpose mp3 players. I don’t need a camera, a huge fancy color screen or video playback, and a review I read of the Sansa Clip+ seemed to fit the bill. It was tinier, cheaper, and had a clip on it to attach wherever I wanted-no need for a pocket. The music file formats supported were nice, and the sound quality was reviewed as really good. The battery performance, which is very important to me was reviewed as really good as well. I bought the bastard for $35 or so, whereas my iAudio 7 was over $100 I believe. I’m extremely unimpressed with this Sansa Clip+.
When HDTVs first came out it was said upgrading to one doesn’t bring about about an extremely noticeable change, but once used to it, downgrading was horribly noticeable. I totally experienced that when it came to HDTVs, but would never suspect that my ears were sensitive enough for an audibly equivalent experience. Well, downgrading to the Sansa Clip+ has been horrible. Girl Talk sounds significantly less bumping, and podcasts sound like they’re streaming from the internet… in 1997. Okay, maybe that last part is an exaggeration.
I also had grown accustomed to the battery life of my iAudio 7. I assumed a much newer, and smaller device would match or exceed the battery life of it. Boy was I wrong. Last week I was listening to a podcast while washing the dishes, and it went kaput. Apparently Moore’s Law doesn’t apply to batteries. The battery life with the iAudio 7 was such that in the over two years I used it I never once ran out of a charge. Seriously. Not only that, I never really had to expressly plug it in to recharge it. It recharged whenever I was putting new content on it. Every now and then I would forget to unplug it at night, and then it would recharge over night.There was honestly never any forced recharging time. I’m sure this had much to do with me adding new content daily, but it still was largely an unnoticed effort, and it never went kaput on me.
The features I liked on the Sansa Clip+ were the clip, the OLED screen, and the resume playback feature. On the Sansa Clip+ it was possible to leave a podcast, lesson, or song, and come back to it, resuming where you left off. This is not so easy to do on the iAudio 7. I can’t believe how incredibly handy having a clip on the Sansa is. Still, I have to say, if you’re concerned about having a tiny portable audio player, and not so concerned with carrying your whole library around with you (the player maxes out at 16 GB) the iAudio 7 is highly recommended by me. For a more thorough look, check out some of the links.