Well, I may have a solution. Some music websites or "free" mp3 websites put a type of license or protection thing on the files that you download so that when you try to listen to them, you can only use certin software/music players and also make it so you cannot use any of the files on your mp3 player/iPod. I tried a place called emusic.com and they say you get 20, or so, free downloads BUT you can only use their music player for them. And the funny thing is, they have avertisements in about half of the packages of new mp3 players in the market.
Try looking at their policy or license on the website to see if you can put the songs on your mp3 player. Good luck, and have a nice day.
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Hi, the Sansa E260 is a portable MP3 player released by SanDisk in 2004. Several problems may cause the E260 to not function as intended from time to time. Common problems that occur are the device freezing, album art not appearing on the screen when a song is playing, pictures not filling the screen size and missing information on the separate tracks. You can troubleshoot the device and fix many of these common problems without the need of a service technician.
Reset 1. The Sansa E260 may freeze or function in other unexpected ways from time to time. This generally occurs when the unit's software has developed an error. Reset the device to clear the error and return the device to normal working operation. A unit reset is similar to rebooting your computer. You won't lose any data stored on your device.
To reset the E260, press and hold the "Power/Menu" button for about 15 seconds. The device will be forced to power down, during which the error will be cleared. You can restart the E260 as normal once the reset is complete. Album Art Does Not Display 2. The E260 supports viewing album art on the display screen during the playing of a song. You may find that your album art is not showing up on the display when music is playing on the device. To fix this, make sure the associated album art file is in the same folder as the song being played. You will need to connect the E260 into your computer to move the album art files into the music folder. Photos Aren't Full-Screen 3. Photos displayed on the E260 will not show up as full-screen shots if they are not cropped to the correct dimensions. The E260 software does not support stretching pictures to fit the full screen. To ensure your photographs will display on the full screen, crop the images to 128x64 in photo-editing software prior to transferring the image on the E260. Unknown Artist or Album 4. The E260 displays information about each song using the ID3 tags associated with each track. ID3 tags hold information such as the artist name, album name, track number, year it was released and other information. If the E260 shows an artist or album as unknown, the information in the ID3 tag was not filled in. You can insert information into the ID3 tags from your computer.
To change the ID3 information, right-click on the music file and choose "Properties." Click on the "Summary" tab and choose "Advanced." The ID3 fields will display in the window. Insert any of the missing information and click "OK." When you upload the song onto your E260, the newly inserted information will show up in the display.
You have to synchronize your Sansa to a computer that has a current subscription to Rhapsody, and you have to sync the Sansa to that same computer at least once every 30 days, or the Rhapsody songs will stop working. Use a different music service that is free, or convert all of the songs to Mp3 format to get around the problem. If you get a subscription to another music svc, then you must maintain a current subscription with whatever new svc you choose as well.
Playlists can be made on the fly, but you have to play each song you
want to add to the playlist in order to bring up the option.
Basically WinAmp is the way to go [here's how:]
First, start up Winamp and add your songs to its library. You've probably already done this.
Next, create a playlist. Call it "Exercise" for this example. Drag a few songs from your library to it.
Next, connect your e260 in MTP mode. It should show up after a few
seconds under the "Portables" item in the Winamp hierarchy. Right-click
the Exercise playlist and send to your e260. Wait for the playlist and
songs to sync, then disconnect your device.
(Optional) go to your e260's playlists and confirm that Exercise
didn't show up. If you do see it, then you probably have a future
version of the firmware that doesn't have this problem.
Here's the kick. Turn the e260 off by holding down the power button
for a couple seconds until you see "GOODBYE." Release the power button.
Switch the lock slider to the locked position. Press the power button
and keep holding it down. The blue wheel light will come on, and then
you'll see the SanDisk logo. Then the screen will go black and you'll
Key LOCKED System shutdown
Once you see that message, you can let go of the power button. Flip
the lock slider to the unlocked position and press the power button
again. Now navigate back to your playlists and you should see Exercise!
Fortunately you don't have to go through these hoops with every
sync. You can freely edit existing playlists and add/remove music;
these actions appear to work fine. This hack is necessary only to get
new playlists to show up.
Sounds like you have two problems here. First my guess is your files bought from walmart are corrupted some how. just delete the ones that are giving you fits and call it a day. Second you mentioned it wont even sync music,,,, Are you saying none of your music or just the walmart ones ?
u have to wait till the screen will be black. I had the same problem with my sansa. it can lasts 1 or 2 days. after screen is black and then do following:
2. change lock switch to orange position
3. Press and hold rec button (at left side)
4. while pressing the rec button, turn the player on
5. it will appear the boot menu. connect the USB cable and try to continue the firmware
6. if it doesn't work, do a firmware downgrade. download this file:
7. execute the application while in boot mode