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SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black)

B&H # SASCZDP8B Mfr # SDMX22-008G-A57K
You Pay: $55.99
Product Highlights
  • Compact Size
  • Clips On!
  • Budget-Friendly
  • User-Friendly Interface
  • MicroSDHC Expansion Slot
  • 1.1" Color Screen
  • Plays & Records FM Radio
  • Voice Recording
  • Stopwatch
  • Plays Audiobooks

The SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB) has some pretty good things going for it. For one thing, it's super-small and light. Secondly, as the name suggests, it clips onto your clothing or bag. Once you clip the Clip Zip on your person and turn it on you can forget it's even there, and just chill out to your tunes. The Clip Zip also happens to be light on your wallet.

In addition to playing your music, it also plays the FM radio and audiobooks, does voice and radio recordings, and acts as a stopwatch. The 8GB internal memory can be given a boost using optional microSDHC memory cards as well. And menu navigation and album art are displayed on the 1.1" color screen. The simple control buttons on the unit also make it easy to switch between songs and adjust volume, even when you're doing sports or other activities.

Easy clip on, easy go
1.1" full color screen with graphical user interface and album art display
Voice recording with built-in microphone
Plays and records FM radio stations
Expanded memory slot
User-friendly interface
Versatility meets affordability
AAC compatible (DRM-free iTunes), MP3, WMA, secure WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC
Type Flash Memory
Capacity 8GB
Memory Card Slot Yes
Display 1.1" LCD
FM Tuner Yes
FM Recording Yes
Voice Recording Yes
Photo Capture No
Photo Viewing No
Video Recording No
Video Playback No
Text Reader No
Formats Supported Audio: AAC (DRM-free iTunes); MP3; Ogg Vorbis, FLAC; WMA; Secure WMA
Wireless None
Connections 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Headphone
USB
Battery 1x Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Providing up to 15 Hours per Charge
Charger USB 2.0
AC Adapter (optional)
System Requirements Operating System
Windows XP (SP2)
Mac OS X 10.3

Hardware
USB 2.0 Port
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.4 x 2.3 x 0.6" / 35.6 x 58.4 x 15.2 mm
Weight .56 oz / 15.9 g
SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black)
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Earphones
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Starter CD
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SanDiskSansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black)
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (7)
    • Simple controls (7)
    • Great sound (5)
    • Good sound (4)
    • Sleek/compact (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere (5)
      • Gym / working out (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid listener (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      iPod killer :)

      My experience with the player has been phenomenal. The only issues I've experienced with it are not hardware-related, but related to the sound tracks themselves. Bad files or badly tagged files can cause...Read complete review

      My experience with the player has been phenomenal. The only issues I've experienced with it are not hardware-related, but related to the sound tracks themselves. Bad files or badly tagged files can cause the firmware to crash. You'll then have to reset the player by either pressing the power button for 30secs or by connecting it to the computer. Many of the negative feedback that the Clip gets in other places is from people who are ignorant of this fact, blaming the player instead.You can use foobar2000 and MP3Val to check file integrity and properly tag your sound files prior to uploading them to your Clip. You may find info on how to do that by Googling it (or by joining a forum such as Anything But iPod, as I did).The Clip Zip comes with earbuds and a shortish USB 2.0 A to Micro-USB B cable... which is why I added a 6' cable from Tripp Lite in my original order.The people at ABI (Anything But iPod) have amassed a great deal of info on the Clip Zip from many users, which I condense and editorialize below--and I agree completely with it. BTW, I am in no way, shape, or form part of ABI. I am just a normal user who has found that community incredibly helpful.(1)Sound quality – sounds as good as any top tier digital audio player (DAP) with higher quality replacement in-ear monitors (IEMs)/headphones. The IEMs that come with the Clip Zip are adequate, but I quickly upgraded them witha pair of SONYs. Better headphones do help to give you a better aural experience. It's the kind of thing you have to hear it to believe it.(2)Size – very small. Great for use in the gym, jogging, etc.(3)Price – one of the lowest cost, quality DAPs on the market.(4) MicroSD expansion slot. Up to 40GB of storage (8GB device + 32 GB MicroSD). (5)Build Quality – can take heavy hits and keep on working, at least in my and other people's experience.(6)Clip – Can clip almost anywhere, shirt, belt, etc.(7) MSC (Mass Storage Class) or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode - Best to choose one rather than leave it on auto-detect as auto-detect may cause issues.(8) EU volume limit - This "limitation" is easily overridden by changing firmware setup to any other country. (9) Album art - Not the main reason to get one, but it's a nice extra.(10)Voice Recorder - which can also record the FM radio(11)FM Radio- It has great radio reception in remote places where other players get no signal(12) Alphabet Browsing on Zip original firmware(13) Standard Mini-USB-Connector(14) Display works in sunlight(15) Perfectly fine useable firmware (original firmware)(16) Firmware updates(17) Very easy to operate with one hand- unlike touchscreen players- which generally seem to need two.Maybe I should also talk about Rockbox. Rockbox is an open source firmware replacement for a growing number of digital audio players. Friendly Warning: using Rockbox may void your digital audio player's warranty, so this is not for everyone.That said, it's an amazing firmware, pushing the Clip's potential to greater heights. For instance, it has no problem using 64GB MicroSD cards to give you a whopping 72GB of storage. The current, original firmware will probably not play that well with 64GB MicroSD cards due to its limitations (that might change in a future firmware update, though, who knows).Rockbox is obviously NOT for casual users, or for those who do NOT want to void the player's warranty. It's mainly for more tech-oriented users those who like to push the technological envelope.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Lasted 3 months

      Took a while to put songs on... I used it while walking.

      Stopped working and now won't charge.

      Took a while to put songs on... I used it while walking.

      Stopped working and now won't charge.

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      1.0

      Lasted 3 months

      By I don't remember my nickname

      from Toronto

      About Me Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Durable

        Best Uses

          Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

          Took a while to put songs on... I used it while walking.

          Stopped working and now won't charge.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Very good player

          By Josh

          from NY

          Verified Buyer
          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                - It has a big screen, bigger then my old one.
                - Easy to use navigation/keys.
                - Light weight portable.
                In one word: Its a good item for the use it makes for.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                good sound, but not enough battery

                By Kajari

                from Scranton, PA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Clear Signal
                • Compact
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Sound

                Cons

                • Short Battery Charge

                Best Uses

                  Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                  I have had other Sandisk players and happy with it so when my old nano died, I was happy to go with this. Only problem I have with it is that the battery length could be better. The cable could be longer too but not as much as an issue for me. But it is very easy to use and the sound is very good. I also like how the headphone buds fit. That is usually an issue for me with the earbuds that come with music players.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Clip Zip

                  By DJ the dj

                  from New Hampshire

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Controls
                  • Clear Signal
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Good Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                      Love it - had a 4g ... this has to be twice as good. Right?

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great MP3

                      By Miss Fixit

                      from Baltimore, Maryland

                      About Me Practical, Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Setup
                      • Good Sound
                      • Great Features

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Audiophiles

                        Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                        I use my MP3 at the gym all the time. It has all the options I need for accessing my favorite music. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to access the various functions, but after that I'm able to change it while running around the track. It recharges pretty quickly. At this point I have no cons.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black)

                        By MUTT

                        from Manfield La

                        About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Good Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Audiophiles

                          Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                          Outstanding mp3 player- tried a Sony @ a hundred dollars plus did not have near punch the SanDisk has- would highly recommend Sansa clip to anyone (previously owned SanDisk should have never tried anything else)

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black)

                          By purtymama

                          from Florida

                          About Me Avid Listener

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Great Sound
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Lots of Storage
                          • Reliable Performance
                          • Simple Controls
                          • Sleek/Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Anywhere
                            • At Work
                            • Commuting
                            • Gym / Working Out
                            • Travel

                            Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                            i had an older version when it broke i went crazy trying to find it again and when i came across this i got 2 it is the best i have tried other mp3 with recording capabilities this one tops them all!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            great sound! sooo portable!

                            By nickdiver

                            from brooklyn, NY

                            About Me Avid Listener

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Great Sound
                            • Simple Controls
                            • Sleek/Compact

                            Cons

                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                            • Anywhere
                            • Commuting
                            • Gym / Working Out
                            • Travel

                            Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                            i bought this mp3 player because i was unhappy with the sound quality of my ipod nano. and i was utterly suprised at how much more punch that the sansa has compaired to the nano, this is a huge upgrade in sound quality from an ipod in my opinion. and you can clip it anywhere! one thing though is i wouldent recomend hooking it up to a portable amp, it just dosent sound as good and defeats the purpose of having a mini mp3 player. i would say this is a great mp3 player for jogging, working out, or any other activity that falls under that category.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                             
                            4.0

                            Good value for money

                            By Tony

                            from Haverstraw, NY

                            About Me Avid Listener

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Great Sound

                            Cons

                            • Insufficient Storage

                            Best Uses

                            • Anywhere

                            Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                            PRODUCT IS PORTABLE EASY TO CARRY AROUND.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            iPod killer :)

                            By Edwin

                            from Puerto Rico

                            About Me Avid Listener

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Great Sound
                            • Reliable Performance
                            • Simple Controls
                            • Sleek/Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Anywhere

                              Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                              My experience with the player has been phenomenal. The only issues I've experienced with it are not hardware-related, but related to the sound tracks themselves. Bad files or badly tagged files can cause the firmware to crash. You'll then have to reset the player by either pressing the power button for 30secs or by connecting it to the computer. Many of the negative feedback that the Clip gets in other places is from people who are ignorant of this fact, blaming the player instead.You can use foobar2000 and MP3Val to check file integrity and properly tag your sound files prior to uploading them to your Clip. You may find info on how to do that by Googling it (or by joining a forum such as Anything But iPod, as I did).The Clip Zip comes with earbuds and a shortish USB 2.0 A to Micro-USB B cable... which is why I added a 6' cable from Tripp Lite in my original order.The people at ABI (Anything But iPod) have amassed a great deal of info on the Clip Zip from many users, which I condense and editorialize below--and I agree completely with it. BTW, I am in no way, shape, or form part of ABI. I am just a normal user who has found that community incredibly helpful.(1)Sound quality – sounds as good as any top tier digital audio player (DAP) with higher quality replacement in-ear monitors (IEMs)/headphones. The IEMs that come with the Clip Zip are adequate, but I quickly upgraded them witha pair of SONYs. Better headphones do help to give you a better aural experience. It's the kind of thing you have to hear it to believe it.(2)Size – very small. Great for use in the gym, jogging, etc.(3)Price – one of the lowest cost, quality DAPs on the market.(4) MicroSD expansion slot. Up to 40GB of storage (8GB device + 32 GB MicroSD). (5)Build Quality – can take heavy hits and keep on working, at least in my and other people's experience.(6)Clip – Can clip almost anywhere, shirt, belt, etc.(7) MSC (Mass Storage Class) or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode - Best to choose one rather than leave it on auto-detect as auto-detect may cause issues.(8) EU volume limit - This "limitation" is easily overridden by changing firmware setup to any other country. (9) Album art - Not the main reason to get one, but it's a nice extra.(10)Voice Recorder - which can also record the FM radio(11)FM Radio- It has great radio reception in remote places where other players get no signal(12) Alphabet Browsing on Zip original firmware(13) Standard Mini-USB-Connector(14) Display works in sunlight(15) Perfectly fine useable firmware (original firmware)(16) Firmware updates(17) Very easy to operate with one hand- unlike touchscreen players- which generally seem to need two.Maybe I should also talk about Rockbox. Rockbox is an open source firmware replacement for a growing number of digital audio players. Friendly Warning: using Rockbox may void your digital audio player's warranty, so this is not for everyone.That said, it's an amazing firmware, pushing the Clip's potential to greater heights. For instance, it has no problem using 64GB MicroSD cards to give you a whopping 72GB of storage. The current, original firmware will probably not play that well with 64GB MicroSD cards due to its limitations (that might change in a future firmware update, though, who knows).Rockbox is obviously NOT for casual users, or for those who do NOT want to void the player's warranty. It's mainly for more tech-oriented users those who like to push the technological envelope.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this review

                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              LOVE this MP3 Player!

                              By TNHeidi

                              from Knoxville, TN

                              About Me Avid Listener

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Great Sound
                              • Long Battery Life
                              • Lots of Storage
                              • Reliable Performance
                              • Simple Controls
                              • Sleek/Compact

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Anywhere
                                • At Work
                                • Gym / Working Out

                                Comments about SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player (8GB, Black):

                                I use my Clip Zip all the time. When I'm working out, when I run, at work, at home. It is so useful for any time. I love that it is super small and easy to transport. It clips on and never slips (which is super important when I'm running). It is really easy to use. The ability to drag and drop music is SO wonderful. It is incredibly user friendly. The screen size is just right and easy to navigate. I've even been able to easily put together playlists! I LOVE my Sansa Clip Zip and plan on getting one for my hubby now!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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