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SanDisk Sansa Fuze MP3 Player 4GB

I wanted a little, cheap MP3 player that wasn't dependent on a specific operating system, software suite or DRM laden music. This one, like most of their line, supports MSC (Mass Storage device Class) so, I can drag and drop my MP3's right onto the device. NOTE: name your album covers "folder.jpg" and put it in the directory for that album.

I also wanted one with a user replaceable battery but, I obviously let that requirement slide.

  • Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, AA
  • Video: Converted MPEG-4 20FPS
  • Battery: 24 hours audio / 5 hours video
  • Digital FM radio
  • Voice recording with built-in microphone
  • Screen: 1.9", 64k color, 224x176 pixel
  • Up to 24 hours for audio playback and 5 hours of video playback with internal rechargeable battery**
  • microSD/microSDHC slot for additional content expansion
  • Music subscription ready
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Dimensions: 3.1 x 1.9 x 0.3 in. (HxWxD) (Similar to 3rd Gen I-Pod Nano)
  • Sandisk Support
  • Support Forum
Video/Audio Notes (if not using media converter):
Video Container: Fully interleaved AVI
Codec: MPEG-4 (Simple Profile level 1 or 2)
Bitrate: Up to 512 Kbps
Resolutions: QCIF+ (224x176)
FPS: Up to 20 fps
bitrate: 128kbps
no. of channels: 2
sample rate: 44100khz

Sansa Fuze Disassembly
SanDisk Sansa Proprietary Cable Pinout
3,6GND? shorted to GND in USB cable
4USB Data +  
5USB Data -  
7Video +  
8Audio Right (line out)  
9Audio Left (line out)  
14Video +  
27Audio Right + (line out)  
28Audio Left + (line out)  
If the USB data signals aren't active, it shouldn't go into connected mode
(this is the case when its plugged it into a USB AC adapter). [Source]

1.01.11 Firmware notes:
External album art dropped to device in MSC mode shows up under Photos.

Supposed to be fixed with firmware 1.01.11 (I'm using 1.01.11A). However, if you make the files hidden that will prevent them from showing under photos on this version (in previous they showed no matter what). From the command prompt on windows type the following to set all your folder.jpg images to hidden:

  X: (Or whatever drive letter)
  ATTRIB +R folder.jpg /S

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