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FAQ - Features we will not implement


What is this NoDo document?

This is a list of Feature Requests we get repeatedly that we simply cannot do on certain models of players. View it as the opposite of a ToDo! This NoDo document is currently organized in two sections: (1) features we will not or cannot implement on any players, and (2) features that we will not or cannot implement on Archos players.


Features we will not implement on any line of players


Implementing the ability to playback DRM crippled files

Firstly, this would be extremely difficult to implement legally - Rockbox is not legal entity as such, and therefore is unable to enter into license agreements with providers of DRM technology.

Secondly, Rockbox is open source, which would mean that any DRM technology we incorporated into our codebase would suddenly become visible to the whole world, completely defeating its purpose. Remember, DRM achieves part of it's security through obscurity, and publishing the keys necessary to decrypt DRM crippled media would essentially render it useless.

Finally, the members of the Rockbox community don't like DRM, and we see no reason to encourage its use by allowing our firmware to read it.

Support other filesystems than FAT32 (like NTFS or ext2 or whatever)!

Adding support for more filesystems will just take away valuable RAM for unnecessary features. While flashing the ROM allows a custom bootloader to be installed, and in many players' cases this allows the possibility of various filesystems to be used FAT32 is openly supported in most/all desktop operating systems and adding a second (or more) filesystem will cost all Rockbox users who don't use that filesystem, and only benefit the subset who do.

You can partition your player fine, just make sure the first one is FAT32 and then make the other ones whatever file system you want. Just don't expect Rockbox to understand them.

An Advanced Settings setting to hide Advanced Settings

If people really want to have a simple menu, this should be implemented using a configurable menu.

See also

  • ArchosNoDo, describing NoDos for the Archos platform which is limited by its' hardware decoder.
  • DoItRight, describing items that aren't NoDos but haven't been done (yet) for specific reasons.


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