Mount a SanDisk Clip Sport Plus MP3 player in Linux

I purchased a SanDisk Clip Sport Plus MP3 player this week, but upon plugging it to my desktop, Pop!_OS did not immediately recognize and mount it for me. Some devices will automatically be detected and mounted, like this USB disk:

The SanDisk MP3 player was not however, and this turned out to be a not-so-obvious fix. It took a few hours of Googling and troubleshooting, but I found a solution from a comment this thread on To get my SanDisk Clip Sport working with Pop!_OS/Ubuntu 22.04, I first ran command lsusb to get information about all connected USB devices – this verified that device was being recognized by the operating system:

lsusb output

This MP3 player uses a micro USB cable, but some of these are only suitable for battery charging and not data transfer, so verify you are using the appropriate one before proceeding. The terminal output above tells me that the device is recognized, so no issue with my cable affecting data transfer. Next, I performed the “hack fix” described here, by running two commands:

sudo parted -l
sudo lsblk -f

After those commands execute, the MP3 player will be mounted. I admittedly don’t know why this works, but it does. The parted -l command will list all partitions, and lsblk -f will list information about the file systems. Running these two commands seems to automagically mount the SanDisk MP3 player; unfortunately, the original comment on did not provide any further explanation as to why this resolves the issue πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ. The device was showing as mounted after running the commands on my machine. The file system label was displayed under “Devices” in my file manager (I’m using Nemo), and I was able to copy music from my hard drive to the MP3 player:

After unmounting and unplugging the device, and then plugging it back in to my computer, I did need to run command sudo parted -l to force the device to mount once again. Playback of audio files works as expected on the MP3 player πŸ‘

SanDisk Clip Sport Plus support links:

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