CREATING PLAYLISTS FOR PODCASTS, MUSIC AND AUDIOBOOKS
In the Clips’ Main menu, go into settings and scroll down til you find USB Mode.
Make sure it’s in Auto Detect.
Plug in the USB cable to your computer and find the player in Explorer (Start, My Computer, Sansa Clip). Click “Internal Memory” to get to the Clips’ folders. We’ll call this the Clip Explorer. If you want to create a podcast playlist, open the Podcast folder and by selecting File, New Folder, create and name it whatever you want. If you want your podcasts organized into two or three categories, just create more folders. Do the same for Music and/or Audiobooks.
Leave it open and using Explorer again (Start, My Computer), find the files or folders you want to copy onto the Clip. We’ll call this the Computer File Explorer. It’s easier if you put your mp3 files in a folder in the Computer File Explorer first. Then you can just copy those music, podcast or audiobook folders to the appropriate folder on the Clip (copy and paste).
What we have done thus far does not create playlists. It merely puts all files into a big jumble on the player where they can only be accessed by tags in categories such as Artists, Albums and Genre. In order to create a list that will play in sequence, we have to create a .pla file (a playlist from those files on the player). Go back to the Clip Explorer, open a folder (Podcasts for example), select one of your created folders with a Right Click, and then select “Create Playlist” from the drop down menu. At the bottom you’ll see “New Playlist.pla” flashing. Now you just name it again whatever you want to and you’re done. Get out of Explorer and unplug the USB cord. Whenever you open up the Clip Explorer on your computer again, you’ll find that .pla file in the same folder. If you want to rearrange the order of that playlist, just double click the .pla file and use the arrows at the bottom of the pop-up window.
The confusing category in the Clip Explorer is Playlists. This is simply a place where you can drag and drop (or cut and paste) your .pla playlist files and see them all in one place in the Clip Explorer. You don’t need to put them there. You can just leave them in the Music, Podcast or Audiobook folders and they’ll still show up as playlists on the player, but if you have a lot of playlists, it is convenient to be able to see them all in one place.