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Subject: Re: irvier - thank you so much!

Re: irvier - thank you so much!

From: Andrew 'ashridah' Pilley <ashridah_at_netspace.net.au>
Date: 2005-06-12

On Sun, 2005-06-12 at 14:07 +0100, Dave Chapman wrote:
> Fabian Merki wrote:
> > - wma playback (i'm too lazy to convert those file i got from "somewhere")
>
> I'm sure this will become one of the most frequent FAQs - mainly because
> existing iRiver users may well have collections of WMA files already on
> their devices.
>
> Obviously, Rockbox by its nature won't deal with any encrypted files (I
> don't know if the iRiver firmware does?).

The H3x0 series can, with a firmware upgrade. the H1x0 series cannot. I
don't know if this is a deficiency of the hardware (the lack of usb2go
would be about the only difference that could have an effect like this,
afaik), or if it's just something iriver want to be able to push newer
units with.

Pity protected WMA9 specs don't appear to be included in the stuff the
EU commission are trying to get opened up. Of course, MS are fighting
tooth and nail to prevent open-source from being able to use ANY specs
they release.

> If anyone is interested, the WMA decoder in question is part of the
> "ffmpeg" library.
>
> I may at some point try and integrate that decoder into Rockbox, as
> motivation for someone to rewrite it, but obviously I want to work on
> getting the existing codecs working properly first.

After all, one could just reencode the files as FLAC, and at least, not
suffer any MORE loss :). There are some ways (unfortunately, potentially
lossy unless you're using digital the entire way) to do this with even
protected wma's. and sometimes you get the chance to burn it to cd, at
which point, the game is practically over.

Andrew

>
> Dave.
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