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hpr3161 :: How I manage podcast listening

Another reply to MrX's episode on how he listens to podcasts

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Hosted by Dave Morriss on 2020-09-14 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: podcast,software,mp3 player,database.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. | Comments (4)


I have spoken in the past about the podcast management system I have created, but have never gone into much detail about how I manage the playing of episodes.

Prompted by MrX’s HPR episode hpr3132, “Keeping track of where I am” I will describe it now.

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Comment #1 posted on 2020-09-24T21:28:40Z by Reto

Sansa MP3 Players

Hi Dave,

Just like you I have Sansa MP3 Players (Clip Sport & Clip Zip). These are awesome, something like 48 g, play several hours and if you treat them well last several years. Mine is now 6 years old.
OGG is not their strenght, but can play most files. For this reason I always subscribe to MP3.
I also like at least basic ID3-tags. The 'Album' is an important tag and only ID3v2 works well on Sansa's firmware.

Unfortunately, the Zip at someday got stuck at "refreshing your media". I read you could open it and flash Rockbox or try to access via serial, but the housing is very thight, almost zero gap.

I plan to listen to your Rockbox flash podcast :)


Comment #2 posted on 2020-09-27T17:09:38Z by Dave Morriss

Rockbox and Sansa players

Hi Reto,

I have found that if the players lock up in some way a very long press on the on/off button can reset them. Worth a try anyway.

Installing Rockbox is not difficult. All you need to do is download the installer ( and follow the instructions on the site. It's years since I have done it but I remember that it was very straightforward at the time. You don't need to dismantle the player in any way.

I found the original SanDisk software was very poor but Rockbox has provided all the features I need for many years.


Comment #3 posted on 2020-09-27T21:38:33Z by Kevin O'Brien

My Rockbox/Sansa experience

My favorite combo was the Sansa Clip Plus with Rockbox. Sadly, San Disk stopped making them

Comment #4 posted on 2020-09-29T13:04:00Z by Dave Morriss

No more Sansa Clip Plus

Hi Ahuka,

Yes, I was very sad to see the trend away from San Disk Sansa players that could run Rockbox, and then their disappearance. I did manage to buy some new, refurbished and second-hand players before prices became ridiculous, and have survived on them for many years. When they have all stopped working I don't know what I'll do!

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