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Getting WinAmp to not crash when managing content on a Sandisk Sansa e280 Player
April 3, 2008

I've spent a lot of time organizing my collection of ripped CDs with WinAmp. I was disappointed to see WinAmp (v. 5.53) crash whenever my new Sandisk Sansa e280 MP3 player was plugged in. Updating the Sansa's firmware didn't help.

I was able to get WinAmp to not crash by removing the portable device plug-ins, but that was hardly a solution since I still wanted to use WinAmp to manage the content on the Sansa.

The Sansa e280 supports two USB modes: MSC and MTP. MSC (Media Storage Class) makes the device work like an ordinary USB Flash Drive. MTP (Media Transport Protocol) is a Microsoft standard for connecting portable devices to the Windows platform. In a nutshell, MTP mode makes WinAmp crash when the Sansa is plugged in. But specifying MSC doesn't crash WinAmp, and WinAmp is able to manage the Sansa's content. Mission accomplished!

Keywords: WinAmp, MP3, Music, Sandisk Sansa e280, MSC, MTP

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