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Subject: iRiver H140

iRiver H140

From: Daniel Stenberg <daniel_at_rockbox.org>
Date: 2004-12-06

Hey

I thought I'd entertain you with a long-term and die-hard Rockbox user's first
impressions of the stock firmware of my brand new iRiver H140.

Visual Impression

o Good-looking, light (172 grams). Coooool remote. A skin-imitation "pyjamas
   cover" for the unit is included.

USB-wise

o Connects fine on Linux and allowed me to sync my music easily...
   usb-storage, USB 2 and rsync is a combo I like.

o The disk shows up named like this:
   Vendor: TOSHIBA Model: MK4004GAH Rev: JC00

iRiver Stock Firmware

o To put it short: it sucks

o The firmware can't load "normal" .m3u playlists such as those I generate
   to use with Rockbox on Archos. How utterly annoying. It is also clear that
   loading the playlist is slow and that it seems to check files while loading
   the playlist == not like Rockbox does it.

   I then tried replacing all /-slashes with \-ones in an attempt to make it
   play my playlist. Nothing. Prepending a fake drive letter didn't help, and
   not even making sure the newlines are CRLF makes any difference. I also
   tried skipping the intial slash and I tried adding the #-comments modern
   winamps add (as the iRiver manual suggests using winamp to create playlists)

   I can't make iRiver play my playlists. (The manual says it supports 200
   playlists!?!)

o The UI is completely impossible to understand and takes a long time to
   figure out. I had to resort to reading the manual!

o The scrolling of long names in the "WPS" is really ugly.

o In the "WPS", it displays a number in the upper left corner that *seems*
   to be song number or something. But when I start a sock in a directory, it
   can be song 1303 and when skipping to next I get 1304 and the previous would
   be 1302. I have no idea what this is good for...

o A golden quote from the manual:
   "only one song may be queued at a time"

-- 
  Daniel Stenberg -- http://www.rockbox.org/ -- http://daniel.haxx.se/
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