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Subject: Re: Implementing software codecs (for iRiver etc)

Re: Implementing software codecs (for iRiver etc)

From: Björn Stenberg <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 15:15:38 +0100

Dave Chapman wrote:
> Or maybe for the sake of efficiency we do want the codec discovery logic
> (or at least some of it) to be hard-coded into Rockbox.

Yes, I think so. Writing/porting a new codec is a rather big job that won't happen very often. The "penalty" of having to add knowledge about the codec in the core firmware is more than offset by the lowered complexity IMHO.

> Another issue is whether code that deals with generic container formats
> such as OGG should be seperated from the code that deals with the actual
> decoding of the data. This is how most generic PC media players work.
> My view is that we shouldn't bother - there are not enough generic audio
> container formats in use to make the complications worthwhile.

I agree completely. Keep it simple.

Received on 2004-12-14

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