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What is Rockbox? Why should I use it?

Rockbox is an open source firmware replacement for a growing number of digital audio players. It has been in development since 2001 and receives new features, tweaks and fixes every day to provide you with the best possible music listening experience. Rockbox aims to be considerably more functional and efficient than your device's stock firmware while remaining easy to use and customizable. It is a goal to not only offer a wide range of functionality, but where possible make sure that this functionality is presented in a consistent manner that is easy to learn and use. It is written by users, for users.

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 your music is playing. In addition, Rockbox features a 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

Feature Archos models iriver models iPod models iAudio models Gigabeat models All Newer Targets
Support for over 30 Sound Codecs, including Ogg Vorbis and FLAC MP3 and WAV only DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Gapless playback DONE (with lame -nogap) DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
5-band fully-parametric equalizer, and crossfeed Not possible DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
High-resolution volume control, 64-100 levels (model-dependent) DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Ability to create your own themes or use user-uploaded ones DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Advanced crossfading Not possible DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
ReplayGain support (volume normalization) Not yet implemented DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Cuesheet support DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Album Art Support Not possible DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
JPEG image and text-file viewing DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Doom! Not possible DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
MPEG video support Not possible, but
custom video playback
DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Real Time Clock (RTC) DONE (Recorders) DONE (H3x0, modded H1x0) DONE DONE (X5(L), M5(L)) DONE DONE
Customizable Tag Database DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Unicode support DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Advanced On-The-Go playlist creation DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Multilingual Interface - 30 supported languages and counting DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Optional spoken interface DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Many plugins - games, apps, and demos DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
Open Source, so Rockbox is constantly improved DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE


Learn More About Rockbox

Sounds good, no? Check out the Buyer's Guide for information on player availability, pricing, and so on. Want to learn more about Rockbox before diving in? The wiki and the technical forums are good places to get your feet wet and the glossary might help you understand the common terms a little better. If you run into problems along the way, chances are that your questions can be answered by searching the Rockbox manual or taking a look at the port page for your player. Have fun!


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