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Subject: RE: Why not iPod?

RE: Why not iPod?

From: Sarai <bucc7465_at_bellsouth.net>
Date: 2005-09-25

Maybe if these companies knew how many people buy MP3 players just so
they can have the accessibility features that Rock Box provides then
maybe they'll start making them accessible. We can dream. I know Rock
box was mentioned in Access World which is an adaptive technology
magazine produced by AFB. You guys have been a life saver for me and
others.

-----Original Message-----
From: rockbox-bounces@cool.haxx.se [mailto:rockbox-bounces@cool.haxx.se]
On Behalf Of Jürgen Hestermann
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2005 3:54 AM
To: Martin Arver; Rockbox
Subject: Re: Why not iPod?

> But iPod has a massive user base, and will possibly attract a bunch of

> developers.

Why should it if the hardware is not attractive? The massive user base
does only exist because they all run after the hype without looking at
the details. You will not find many developers in this group.

> It has been around for a while, and will probably be
> around for some time to come. A lot of the cheaper players phase out
> and seize to exist after a short amount of time.

I think that this should not be the first preference for rockbox ports.
Nobody knows what Apple will do with future versions. Maybe Rockbox will
not work on the next generation of IPods either. The main things to
consider are, whether the hardware is usefull (recording facility, good
in/out connectivity, NiMH standard batteries [although I think that you
will not find them anymore in mp3 players, unfortunately], good display
and buttons, moderate price, etc.) and whether the manufacturer gives
information for a rockbox port.

Has anyone ever tried to contact all possible hardware manufacturers
whether some like to produce a hardware dedicated to rockbox? Maybe if
Rockbox has been established as the standard OS for mp3 players ('Linux
on mp3' ;-) and everybody is asking for Rockbox before buying a device
then the future of Rockbox should be safe.

Of course, if people are working on an IPod port which otherwise would
not do any development for Rockbox then it could do no harm. But if time
is wasted which could be invested into a better hardware then I would
not like it.

Jürgen Hestermann
Received on Sun Sep 25 17:36:43 2005


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