**Follow this guide for any even easier method that supports more devices (including the Sansa Fuze)**
I was able to score the Sandisk Sansa Fuze (8GB) for only $64.99 at Toys ‘R’ Us the other day on Black Friday. It retails for $129.99 and is a solid competitor to the iPod Nano. There’s only one problem — it’s completely Windows-based and knows nothing of Mac, iTunes, etc. There is, however, hope! I don’t “buy” music with iTunes. I just use it to manage my “free” media (MP3). I keep my iTunes synced tightly with my MP3 ID3 tags, however when I plug in my Sansa Fuze, nothing happens!
Not anymore! I wrote an Automator script that calls ‘rsync’ to keep my iTunes Music up-to-date. There are a few catches. The first is that you’ll need to edit my script and replace my username with yours. Second, this only works for MP3′s! It won’t sync your purchased, locked down iTunes media. You’ll have to convert them to DRM-free MP3 format to play nice with your Sansa. Then again if you’re using iTunes to purchase music, you might as well purchase an iPod to go with it.
Simply download my Automator script and right click on file, then select Open With, and go to Automator. You’ll be presented with a bunch of boxes and options… Look for the line that says “/Users/richard/Music/*.mp3″ — you’ll want to replace this with your iTunes music location. Probably just replace “richard” with your Mac username. All of my songs are in my Music folder in MP3 format, hence the “*.mp3″ at the end. We’re only going to sync MP3′s and nothing else. The next line you’ll want to replace, and this is only if you’re using a model different than the Fuze is where it says “SANSA FUZE”. Replace this with whatever name appears on the drive icon when you plug in your MP3 Player. Keep the quotes.. For example: If you have a Sansa Clip, you’ll probably want to use “SANSA CLIP.”
Go ahead and save that file. Now right click on it again, go to Open With, and now select “Automator Runner.” It should crank up and sync your library. You’ll have to know where you put your shit before this will work but it works every time. Expect a long delay the first time you sync your library and every other time you run it, you will only be copying new items to your Sansa — keeping all your DRM-free content iPod free as well.