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Subject: Re: A crazy idea
From: Jason Williams (
Date: 2004-03-14

I'll chip in for the Pepto Bismol for the programmers. I got sick just
reading that, and I'm not even an especially good programmer.

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Litchman" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:28 AM
Subject: A crazy idea

> I have no idea if something like this is possible within the scope of
> Rockbox's capabilities, but I thought I'd throw it out there and let the
> folks who actually have some programming skill hash out the particulars.
> One of the main drawbacks of the FAT32 file system on large partitions is
> the size of its allocation units. This, when combined with large numbers
> of relatively small files (as most MP3 collections tend to be) results in
> great deal of wasted, or "slack", space. On my unit alone, my MP3
> collection which takes up about 14 gig on my NTFS drive ends up using
> around 17 gig on the Archos. That's 3 gig of wasted space! Now, I'm not
> suggesting that the file system be changed, I know that FAT32 must be used
> for compatibility purposes. What I am wondering is this. Would it be
> possible to package all your MP3 files into one large, single file from
> which Rockbox could then read the individual MP3s from? The packaging
> would obviously have to be done on the PC side, and maybe it would be
> possible to use the ZIP format without compression, as Zipping MP3s
> result in much space savings anyway. But it would save all the wasted
> slack space from all those part-full allocation units.
> I realize this may be completely unfeasible, but I think it's a good idea
> anyway. And at least it's not as crazy as my next idea, using the
> Recorder's microphone and voice-recognition software to control
> Rockbox! Just think, you could just say the name of a song, and it would
> play! :)
> _______________________________________________


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