"Missing key features"on by AGZELA
Pros Wireless B and G
Cons Pricey, no search by artist, battery life w/wireless terrible
Summary I bought it today and I am a little disapointed first the battery does not last long enough as I expected with the wireless on. The other thing is that if you download songs from yahoo onto your pc it will not automatically transfer to the MP3 player. You have to create a playlist of the songs you want on the pc side of the yahoo software in order to get them on the mp3. You dont have a search like the pc version of yahoo. Why cant they add a search by artist then I could just download the albums I want straight from the MP3 player?Updated
I keep getting errors when transfering from the Yahoo Music Jukebox software. Dont buy this thing until they iron out all of the bugs. I am returning it way too expensive for it too have these many problems..
Pros Use of WiFi to download music directly to the player. No PC required! Internet Radio. Download playlists similar to the song you're listening to. Messenger integration. Just plain fun to use!
Cons Can't search for specific songs to download from the device... yet! (that still requires a PC) Which is why I didn't give it a 10. I'd love to see this feature added in a firmware upgrade!
Summary I just got one a few days ago and I've been having the greatest time with it. You can use it exclusively over WiFi without ever having to connect it to the PC. This is the first MP3 player that I've owned that can download songs right to the device from the Internet without using a PC. This is what the Zune should have been.
You can listen to Internet Radio on it, and when you like a song, press a button on it and BOOM (sorry, Steve)... the song is downloaded right to the player through wireless. Press another button and BOOM it downloads a complete playlist of songs similar to the one you're listening to. Rate a bunch of songs on the player and it then ask it to download a playlist based on your recommendations. When you're playing a song, just press a button and ask it to download the rest of the album. Now that is cool!
It also supports logging into Yahoo Messenger so that you can see what your buddies are listening to either on their player or on their PC. If you like a song that they're listening to, just press a button and the SanDisk downloads it. Maybe I'm still fascinated by the novelty of it all, but it's really been a lot of fun. I haven't used my iPod since I got this thing.
Pros Internet Radio, Large Colorful Screen, Slim Cell Phone Size, External Speaker
Cons Missing Video Playback, No FM tuner, Limited to Yahoo Radio Service
Summary I just got this player today and straight out of the box and a couple of clicks to connect to my WEP network and my Yahoo account, I was listening to internet radio in no time. Well first impressions are it's nice intro player into the WiFi player arena but the player seems to be missing a few quirks we've been accustomed to, notably the player is missing a FM Tuner, video playback, voice recording. But on the plus side you do get to view your photos wirelessly from you Flickr account (granted you do need to sign in using a yahoo acct though), and has the ability to share subscription music with friends(granted both members must have a yahoo unlimited music account). $249.99 retail, seems a little steep for this type of mp3 player (same price as a 30GB Ipod or Zune), but seeing how the wall charger is included and just the ablility to do internet radio, some of you might justify the price.
Pros Decent sound quality and Wi-Fi connection to Yahoo! Music
Cons Not compatible with Vista, no playlist capability on the device, must import playlists from Yahoo Jukebox
Summary Recently, I "upgraded" to the Vista o/s, and found that neither Yahoo! Music's Jukebox nor WM 11 could recognize the Sansa Connect. What that means is that you cannot synch your device with Yahoo, and you cannot load subscription tracks from Yahoo. In short, your Sansa Connect device in Vista is practically worthless. Oh, you can load your non-Yahoo subscription tracks using Vista's My Computer...but that monthly subscription to Yahoo is money thrown away.
Pros Good MP3 player with WiFi for listening to LaunchCast radio
Cons Yahoo unlimited to go may be vanishing making the WiFi relatively useless
Summary Unfortunately yahoo has removed the "Unlimited to go" option from their website unless you've bought a Sansa Connect. Based on that and reports in reputable sources such as the WSJ and other business based reporting it may be that the "To Go" option is being phased out.
Actually, IMHO, I think that Yahoo is coming to the realization that the Unlimited to go pricing model just doesn't work. It's based on the assumption that a person will only download about 8 - 9 new songs per month to their MP3 Players (figured as $.79 per song and the price differential between monthly Unlimited and Unlimited to go subscriptions). Most people, when they learn the potential for 'all you can eat music' download much more than that. From a financial point of view the $6.00/month "sample all the music you want on your PC" and then get a $.20 discount for buying the music makes much more sense. Unfortunately this will cause major problems with the Connect unless they can set up an option for an "Unlimited" account to be accessed on the unit and then you hit a "Click here to buy" function. This will also required them to allow for a wider access to their on-line store through the Connect something which may not be possible. Presently the Connect only has limited access to the 'most popular' songs in the Yahoo music store via WiFi, apparently a bandwidth/software issue. If you have to connect the unit to your PC to download songs that way the WiFi is relatively useless.
Oh well, I'm just glad that I'd found this out before I bought a Connect for my son for his birthday, I'll now consider a satellite radio/mp3 player (such as the Inno (we're XM fans)) or just get a something like a view or the E series unit. BTW, if you weren't aware the newer XM portable devices allow for the saving of individual songs that you hear on the unit (instead of only saving them by time blocks you can actually find the song you've saved by title/artist) and the monthly price for the XM subscription ($7.00 for a second unit or $14.00 for a first subscription)makes those almost equivalent to the Connect, probably the Sirius Stiletto works in a similar fashion but having never used one I'm not sure about that. My daughter has the Inno so I know that that works the way I've described. The only advantage the Connect had was the ability to wirelessly transfer playlists which the XM units currently cannot although they do support playlists created on a pc/mac and transferred by USB similar to most MP3 Players. The only advantage I ever saw in the Connect was the ability to wireless transfer music and playlists and since that may be going away I'm going to stay clear of the device. Without the wireless download capabilities the device offers no advantage over the other Sandisk players and I'm not going to pay the premium for a functionality which may become useless in the near future.