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Subject: Re: iRiver H140

Re: iRiver H140

From: Rocker <>
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 13:09:26 -0700

It sounds like this baby will rock when loaded with Rockbox!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Stenberg" <>
To: "Rockbox" <>
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 3:20 AM
Subject: iRiver H140


I thought I'd entertain you with a long-term and die-hard Rockbox user's
impressions of the stock firmware of my brand new iRiver H140.

Visual Impression

o Good-looking, light (172 grams). Coooool remote. A skin-imitation "pyjamas
   cover" for the unit is included.


o Connects fine on Linux and allowed me to sync my music easily...
   usb-storage, USB 2 and rsync is a combo I like.

o The disk shows up named like this:
   Vendor: TOSHIBA Model: MK4004GAH Rev: JC00

iRiver Stock Firmware

o To put it short: it sucks

o The firmware can't load "normal" .m3u playlists such as those I generate
   to use with Rockbox on Archos. How utterly annoying. It is also clear
   loading the playlist is slow and that it seems to check files while
   the playlist == not like Rockbox does it.

   I then tried replacing all /-slashes with \-ones in an attempt to make it
   play my playlist. Nothing. Prepending a fake drive letter didn't help,
   not even making sure the newlines are CRLF makes any difference. I also
   tried skipping the intial slash and I tried adding the #-comments modern
   winamps add (as the iRiver manual suggests using winamp to create

   I can't make iRiver play my playlists. (The manual says it supports 200

o The UI is completely impossible to understand and takes a long time to
   figure out. I had to resort to reading the manual!

o The scrolling of long names in the "WPS" is really ugly.

o In the "WPS", it displays a number in the upper left corner that *seems*
   to be song number or something. But when I start a sock in a directory,
   can be song 1303 and when skipping to next I get 1304 and the previous
   be 1302. I have no idea what this is good for...

o A golden quote from the manual:
   "only one song may be queued at a time"

  Daniel Stenberg -- --
Received on 2004-12-06

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