1st generation Sansa Fuze 4GB
|Type||Portable media player|
|Retail availability||Since March 8, 2008|
|Media||MicroSDHC up to 32 GB and 2, 4, or 8 gigabytes internal flash memory|
|Operating system||Proprietary firmware or Rockbox|
|Power||Lithium ion battery|
|Display||1.9 inch 224×176 pixel TFT LCD|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 (MSC and MTP)|
|Predecessor||Sansa e200 series|
|Related articles||Sansa e200 series
Sansa c200 Series
|Stable release||1.02.31 and 2.03.33 / January 20, 2010|
The Sansa Fuze is a portable media player developed by SanDisk, and released on March 8, 2008. The Fuze is available in three different Flash memory capacities: 2 GB, 4 GB, and 8 GB. It comes in six different colors, black, silver, red, pink, blue and white. Storage is expandable via a microSDHC slot with capacity up to 32 GB, and unofficially to 64GB or more via FAT32 formatted SDXC cards. All models have a 1.9 inch TFT LCD display with a resolution of 224 by 176 pixels, built-in monaural microphone and FM tuner, recordings of both are saved as PCM WAV files.
The Fuze supports MP3, WMA, PCM WAV and, since the 1.01.15 firmware revision, OGG Vorbis and FLAC audio codecs. The Fuze can display both pictures and videos, both of which must first be converted with the Sansa Media Converter software for Windows; this program converts images to BMP format and videos to DivX-AVI, with specific parameters that make the media compatible with the device. Alternatively, the open-source, platform-independent application video4fuze can also be used. Video4Fuze offers more options and the ability to save the file to your computer instead of having the device plugged in every time you want to convert a file. The Sansa Fuze supports media playlists types of .m3u and .wpl.
As of the 1.02.26 and 2.02.26 firmware revisions, Fuze now supports ReplayGain for MP3, WMA (non-DRM only), Vorbis and FLAC, which utilizes any ReplayGain metadata that has been encoded into the media files. Also, navigation by folder was implemented as an addition to browsing by metadata. 
The Sansa Fuze is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X when USB mode is set to MSC as a drag and drop USB mass storage device. The player can also function as a Windows Media 10 and up device when USB mode is set to MTP. The Fuze's USB cable utilizes a proprietary connector that is also compatible with its predecessor, the e200 series, as well as the c200 series. It has a mechanical scroll wheel (as opposed to the touch sensor on an iPod). Also unlike an iPod, powering the device off cuts all power usage completely, rather than switching to a sleep mode that merely shuts down its visible operation. It has a MicroSDHC slot that can be used for standard media storage, and also for the proprietary Sansa services known as Slotradio and Slotmusic.
Sandisk includes the Sansa Media Converter to convert video and photos for use on the player. Equivalent open-source packages also exist, such as Video4Fuze.
For editing playlists, the Sansa Fuze supports Windows Media Player (in MTP mode), Winamp (in MSC mode) and YAPL for Fuze (in MSC mode). In auto detect, you can view the files like you view them on a hard drive. You can add music through these programs, or you can just drag and drop via a file browser like Windows Explorer.
Alternatively one may install open source Rockbox firmware which supports a lot of formats and offers greater flexibility.
The Sansa Fuze+, announced on August 31, 2010 in capacities of 4 GB (US$79), 8 GB(US$89) & 16 GB (US$119), is a portable media player with a 2.4-inch color display (QVGA) and touch capability. It also features an FM radio with FM recording, a voice recorder, and 24 hours of audio playback from a single charge. It supports the following audio formats: MP3, WMA, Secure WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, Audible, Podcasts. For video it supports MPEG-4, H.264, and WMV. Storage is expandable via a microSDHC slot, and it can be used to play slotMusic and slotRadio cards.
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