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The Sansa Clip Zip manual sort of misleads you to believe that you can only record FM radio or Voice for 5 minutes to 2 hours. However, this is not the case. You can set the duration for 5 minutes to 2 hours or you can leave the duration off and record for longer than 2 hours.
I just used the Sansa Clip Zip 4GB to record a circuit assembly that is broadcast over FM radio. Some of the sessions last about 2 hours and 30 minutes and the Sansa Clip Zip 4GB recorded it fine. One day of the assembly is about 5 hours of audio and takes about 1.6GB of space on the internal memory. NOTE: You can only record to the internal memory. You can't record to the Micro SD card without changing the firmware to Rockbox. However, I have not tried Rockbox on my Clip Zip yet.
One day of the circuit assembly took about 1.4GB (640MB WAV for morning and 840MB WAV for afternoon session). So you could record a full two day assembly (2.8GB) on the Clip Zip 4GB! (Make sure you delete the included music and podcasts first.) To record a 3 day convention you would want to copy each days files to a laptop and delete them from the Clip Zip to make sure you have enough recording space.
The battery was down to 44% after one day of recording (5 hours), even after making sure to turn off the Sansa Clip Zip during the afternoon lunch break and after the program ended to conserve battery power. So you would want to charge the Clip Zip each night. When the battery meter at the top right corner of the screen stops moving then you know that it is done charging. Takes a few hours. Also, if you are not plugged into a computer's USB port then you can see the percentage of battery power left by going to the main menu and then Settings -> System Settings -> Info and scroll down to Power:
How to record FM radio broadcast
From the main menu scroll left and right using the |<< and >>| buttons until you come to radio and then press the middle button which is the "select" button. Choose the correct FM channel by using the left and right buttons. Then when you are ready to record select the down button which is the "options" button and looks like: . Use that same down button to scroll to Recording. Then press the middle button. And press the middle button again on Record Now. It will keep recording until you press the middle button again. If you want to make sure that you don't accidently press the middle button and stop the recording then you can lock the screen by quickly pressing the top button which is located above the screen on the top of the device. NOTE: To record FM radio make sure that you keep the headphones plugged in because it helps with reception and you can listen at the beginning to make sure you are on the correct station.
Convert WAV to MP3
The Sansa Clip Zip only records in WAV format which is a very large file. The quality of the FM radio recording from the device is great, but the filesize is about 850MB for 2.5 hours of recording. You will want to copy the WAV files from My Computer\Sansa Clip Zip 4GB\Internal Memory\Record\FM to your computer. There are a number of programs that you can use to convert the WAV files into MP3.
After converting to MP3 a 2 hour audio file should be about 130MB instead of 640MB.
Create iTunes AudioBook
I find iTunes annoying, but I like to make iTunes audiobooks out of the files to save on my iPhone. The nice thing about audiobooks is you can tell them to save your spot so that it takes off where you left off even if you listen to music in between. So here is a step by step how to of converting the wav files into AAC audiobooks using iTunes:
Speech Recognition Anywhere
Reconocimiento de voz en cualquier lugar
Reconnaissance de la parole
Riconoscimento vocale ovunque