How to Load Music Onto a Sansa Clip

by Meaghan Ellis

The Sansa Clip MP3 player is a digital listening device that allows you to transfer MP3 audio files from your computer to your MP3 player. This MP3 device not only produces impeccable sound quality, but it also is so user-friendly that anyone can use this regardless of computer experience and age. You will learn all of the steps needed to load the music you desire onto your Sansa Clip.

How to Load Music Onto a Sansa Clip

Open Windows Media Player. Double-click on the "Windows Media Player" icon on your computer's desktop screen to access the program. When the program's platform opens, click on the "Sync" tab, located on your Windows Media Player navigation menu bar. You should see a panel appear on the right side of your program platform entitled "Sync." The colors on this panel should currently be disabled.

Connect your Sansa Clip MP3 player to your computer. Plug your USB sync cable into your high-speed 2.0 USB port to ensure the best performance and functionality of your device and computer. (The larger end of your Sync cable should be connected to your Sansa Clip MP3 Player.) Your computer will now search for your USB sync cable input. Once it is detected, your computer's "AutoPlay" screen will open. Bypass this window, by simply clicking "Close" at the bottom of the screen. On your Windows Media Player platform, a picture of your MP3 device should appear on the left side of your screen and the colors should be enabled in the "Sync" panel on the right side of your screen.

Locate and transfer the MP3 audio files you would like to transfer to your Sansa Clip MP3 player's "Sync" panel on the right side of your Windows Media Player platform. You can transfer these one of two ways: Highlight, drag, and drop each file to the "Sync" panel individually; Or press and hold the "CTRL" key on your keyboard while highlighting each file with your mouse pointer and drag all of the highlighted files to your "Sync" panel simultaneously.

Click on the "Sync" button at the bottom of your "Sync" panel on the right side of your Windows Media Player. Your Windows Media Player's main screen will now redirect and display the status of your audio file transfer. You will notice a red percentage calculating monitor in the bottom right corner of your screen. Allow the process to reach 100% and complete finalization before concluding your transfer process.


  • check Be sure your computer has "Sync" capable. If not, you will not be able to sync any audio files to your Sansa Clip MP3 player. To expedite the audio transferring process, it is best to place all of the audio files you would like to transfer in the sync queue before transferring, rather than transferring them individually.


  • close Avoid unplugging your USB sync cable before audio file transferring process is complete. This will create broken files. You will be able to see the audio file title in your MP3 player, but you will not be able to play the file. Please pay close attention to the memory calculator that will appear in your sync queue. Never overload your MP3 player. Try to stay within 2 to 3 megabytes of remaining space to ensure proficient functionality of your MP3 player.

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About the Author

Meaghan Ellis has been writing short stories, newspaper articles, Web content and product research reports for over 12 years. While double majoring in business management and marketing at Southern University, she runs a home-based graphic design and Web content business.

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