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What is Rockbox? Why should I use it?

Rockbox is an open source firmware replacement for a growing number of MP3 players. Rockbox aims to be considerably more functional and efficient than your device's stock firmware while remaining easy to use and customizable. Rockbox is written by users, for users.

For a quick introduction to and summary of Rockbox and its features specific to your MP3 player, please select your model from the following list of supported Rockbox models, or select "General" to view general features and goals common to all models:


Rockbox has been in development since 2001, and recieves new features, tweaks and fixes each day to provide you with the best possible experience on your MP3 player. A major goal of Rockbox is to be simple and easy to use, yet remain very customizable and configurable. We believe that you should never need to go through a series of menus for an action you perform frequently. We also believe that you should be able to configure almost anything about Rockbox you could want, pertaining to functionality. Another top priority of Rockbox is audio playback quality - Rockbox, for most models, includes a wider range of sound settings than that device's original firmware. A lot of work has been put into making Rockbox sound the best it can, and improvements are constantly being made. All models have access to a large number of plugins, including many games, applications, and graphical "demos". You can load different configurations quickly for different purposes (e.g. a large font for in your car, different sound settings for at home). You can even customize your "While Playing Screen" to display only and exactly what you want to see when you're playing music. In addition, Rockbox features a very wide range of languages, and all supported models also have the ability to talk to you - menus can be voiced and filenames spelled out or spoken.

Key Features of Rockbox

  • Support for MP3, OGG, AC3, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, Shorten, WAV, and Wavpack Sound Codecs
  • Gapless Playback of MP3 and OGG files
  • 5 Band Parametric Equalizer
  • High Resolution Volume Control, 82 levels
  • Abilty to create your own theme or use one of these.
  • Crossfade, Crossfeed, and Replay Gain
  • Picture and text viewing
  • Calendar
  • Real Time Clock on the player's that have the necessary hardware
  • Tag Database?
  • Unicode Support
  • On The Fly Playlists
  • Voice Interface, and Multilingual Interface
  • Many Plugins and Games to enhance Rockbox even further.
  • Open Source, so Rockbox is constantly improved.

Archos Studio or Player

Rockbox for the Archos Studio and Player models features MP3 playback that, to many users, sounds considerably better than the standard Archos firmware. In addition, there are a number of "plugins" (games, graphics demos and useful apps, such as a stopwatch and a text viewer), the menus are laid out in a more logical way, and you have access to a lot more information and configuration options than you ever had in the Archos firmware. You can even flash Rockbox to your player if you like it, which drastically reduces the boot time (Rockbox boots in about 1/3 the time the Archos firmware boots once flashed).

Archos Recorder, FM Recorder or Ondio

Rockbox for the Archos Recorder, FM Recorder and Ondio models features very high-quality, fine-tuned MP3 playback - along with many extra adjustments the Archos firmware doesn't allow, including an automatic volume adjustment for files with uneven output levels, Micronas Dynamic Bass (MDB), a very configurable "bass boost on steroids", and more! A very intuitive and organized menu system gets you where you want to be quickly, and quick access to common features is at your fingertips with the screen-specific context menus. Over fifty plugins (including games and apps) provide you with many useful tools and hours of entertainment - including a video playback plugin, with sound, and a JPEG viewer! You can even flash Rockbox to your player if you like it, which drastically reduces the boot time (Rockbox boots in about 1/3 the time the Archos firmware boots once flashed). On-The-Go playlist creation and adjustment, full file bookmarking support, and recording with time-splitting and automatic triggering are just a few of many more features that Rockbox for Archos Recorder, FM Recorder, and Ondio provides.

iriver iHP1x0, H1x0 or H3x0

Rockbox for the iriver iHP100 series, H100 series, and H300 series features a very wide range of codec support and sound configuration! Supported formats include MP3, OGG, FLAC, AAC, ALAC, AC3 and WavPack. Rockbox for these irivers also features gapless playback and crossfading! A five-band parametric equalizer allows fine-tuning output, ReplayGain support allows you to normalize your volume levels, and a large amount of plugins (games - many in full color on the H300 series - applications, and "demos") allow you to have some fun when you're bored, or put one of our multiple applications to use: open files with the text viewer, time yourself with the stopwatch, view some JPEG photos, or turn your iriver into a desktop clock with the clock plugin. On-The-Go playlist creation and adjustment, full file bookmarking support, Recording and FM Recording with a variety of settings and features are more key points of Rockbox for the iriver iHP-1x0, H1x0 and H3x0 series.

iPod 4G, Color/Photo, Nano or Video

Rockbox for the iPod 4G, Color, Nano and Video models all have a wide range of codec support - MP3, OGG, FLAC, AAC, ALAC, AC3 and WavPack are all supported in Rockbox. Additional music playback features include gapless and crossfading, as well as a five-band parametric equalizer to fine-tune sound output. iPods also get ReplayGain support for volume level normalization, and a large number of plugins, including games, applications, and "demos" - have some fun when you've got some free time to kill, open files with the text viewer, make use of the stopwatch, view some JPEG photos, or turn your iPod into a desktop clock. On-The-Go playlist creation and adjustment, full file bookmarking support and much more.

Learn more about Rockbox

Are you interested in learning more about Rockbox? A couple pages worth visiting are the comprehensive feature comparison page, and the documentation index page, which has many links to useful pages, including installation instructions, how-tos, and frequently asked questions.
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