Sansa e200 series

The Sansa e200 series is a portable media player developed by SanDisk, and released on January 5, 2006. The device is available in four flash memory capacities: 2GB (e250), 4GB (e260), 6GB (e270), and 8 GB (e280). All readers have a 1.8 inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 176 out of 220 pixels. Some files, if not in a format accepted by the player, must first be converted with the Sansa Media Converter Windows software. This will convert images in bitmap (.bmp) format and videos in MJPEG (in a .mov container), for v1 models. On v2 players, it will convert videos to DivX and simply resize images. It’s not possible to simply copy videos to the device, even if they seem to be in the right format; trying to access it displays an error message.

The Sansa e200 series can display album art and display song information with ID3 content in audio files. The drives are powered by a user-replaceable Lithium-Ion battery (available as a replacement for SanDisk and some competitors), which is also rechargeable, with a built-in expansion slot for microSD cards, an FM tuner with USB function. recording (only available in North America, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and other countries), and microphone for voice recording. SanDisk released a version 2 of the e200 series in December 2007 with internal hardware different from the first version. Version 2 changes include Rhapsody channel support via RhapPFS DRM (Enhanced Playback to Support Rhapsody Channels), Audible, microSDHC and DivX audio book support, and a different splash screen and the ability to format the device. other minor improvements.

The player lacks Asian text support when displaying song names and artists, but users can patch the firmware to add support. The Rockbox firmware also supports the e200 series just as it supports the c200 series and adds the same features. The standard firmware for e200 models with version 1 hardware is not compatible with the new microSDHC format (usually 4 GB and above); The Rockbox firmware adds this support. Rockbox also supports e200 models with version 2 hardware. A number of bugs in the firmware cause problems. A delay of 0.2 seconds is introduced between the tracks, even those consecutive to a given album. This is most visible on the music tracks where the song does not completely disappear before the beginning of the next one. Artists whose names begin with “The” are also listed incorrectly. For unknown reasons, the order of the songs on a given album plays in alphabetical order, severely disrupting the continuity of the listening experience. The first firmware for version 2 devices (the firmware version information is under Settings >> Info) removes the possibility for unsupported operating systems (Linux, FreeBSD, etc.) to see the firmware. internal storage as a standard flash drive plugged into the USB port. Version 1 players had a menu option in the Settings menu for storage mode that could be toggled to appear as a standard USB flash drive. For Sansa V2 drives with firmware version V03.01.11, this option has been completely removed from the settings menu. Upgrading to later firmware versions, V03.01.14 or V03.01.16, will restore the USB Mode menu option in the Settings menu. In the USB Mode menu, three options are available: Auto Detect, Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), and USB Mass Storage Class (MSC). MSC is the class of mass storage where the computer sees the Sansa as a regular flash drive. MTP is the media transfer protocol that is a Microsoft-specific mode invented to handle media files that include digital rights management.

The Sansa e200R was released in October 2006. Physically identical to the regular Sansa e200, this player is sold exclusively at Best Buy, or directly through Rhapsody, the RealNetworks digital music store. The main differences in the e200R is the firmware and bootloader, which are not easily interchangeable with the e200. The player has a feature called “Rhapsody Channels”, which is the online service’s brand of podcasting, and also comes with pre-loaded content. Models with smaller capacities will receive about 1 GB of pre-loaded content, while bigger ones will have approximately 2 GB. It also anti-aliases the text displayed, and has different names for the USB modes.898141

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