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From: Gene and Princess <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 07:21:27 -0800

The ipod interface is very intuitive. While I wouldn't myself make
the move over to Rockbox, I am interested in what is going on with it
because I have friends who want a hard drive player and at the same
time, want to be able to download and listen to Audible content. In
my opinion, the ipod is one of the best main stream players for
Audible because it can support all the formats that Audible provides,
it has built in the provision to be slowed down or sped up when
reading Audible content, and gives the user greater hard drive
capacity, 60 gig, than any other player out there, so you can have all
your music, and your Audible content in small package. The ipod uses
the 1.8 inch hard drives. The ipod has refreshable progress bars.
While I am listening to music or a book, the Ipod shows where I am in
the book or song with the elasped time, then the bar filling up as the
track or content moves along, then the remain time. However if I
change the volume, then the previous bar will disapear and the volume
bar will apears. Once I have made my change, and a fixed amount of
time has passed, the bar switches back to the track or contect
progress bar. I can also by pressing the, center, select button to
toggle between the progress, volume, point in the track, which I can
move back or forward with the scroll wheel, album art, and the star
rating system. This system is designed to allow the user to navigate
the ipod various features and function at a glance. I would want to
see this same intuitness retained with speech output if at all
possible. I am sure Rockbox could do that.

Gene and Princess

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rocker
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:06 AM
To: Rockbox

If you had rockbox, why would you need the IPOD interface? I suppose
could toggle back and forth but then you could not use the boice UI on
IPOD firmware.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene and Princess" <>
To: "'Rockbox'" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:33 AM

I have an slightly unrelated question for everyone. I have an ipod
photo which I can see enough to use, but I would like to see it be
accessible to my friends who are totally blind as well. So I have
been following the Rockbox progress with the ipod. My question is: If
Rockbox does indeed release a firmware patch to allow the ipod to
speak, does that mean an ipod user would no longer be able to take
advantage of the updates offered by Apple for the ipods? It would be
assame if that were the case, because Apple often fixes bugs and
offers up new feature with updates.

Gene and Princess

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rocker
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 5:23 AM
To: Rockbox

Hi you wrote:
I appreciate that the software for the iriver H300 series is still
being developed, but I have some questions. I have been through the
FAQs on the website, so apologies if I have missed the answers.

* I'm glad you pointed that out. Many people have jumped right into
the H series for rokcbox. We should all remember that it is still
under development and will likely contain bugs.

1. I belong to a discussion list in the UK where users have spoken
about using Rockbox on their H300 series models. However, I believe
all the users have the H340 rather than the H320. I know the firmware
is supposed to be the same, but has Rockbox been tested on the H320?
*As far as I know, yes. Both units are the same except for the HD

2. Following on from the previous question, the users all talk about
how great it is to be able to navigate through the artists and albums.
However, I have unpredictable results if I try to find an album which
is nowhere near the one I am listening to. I have a foolproof
navigation method when using

While playing:
Press <Navi>
Press <Left> twice to move up the tree to the artists
Press <up> or <down> a number of times to get to a different artist
Press <Navi> to select the artist Press <Right> to go into the first
album for the artist Press <Navi> to play.

This works fine if I am not moving very far through the list but, as I
have already said, the results are unpredictable in most cases. Is
there a

different way of
navigation? I should say that I have named the files so they are
sorted in the way I want them to be. *You could always press stopp
then the AB button to get to the root of your file foders then use the
same navigation keys to browse. Have you selected the sort files in
alphabetical oreder on your settings?

I have not, as yet, created any voice clips, although I intend to do

*That should help as spelling can be confusing.

3. At present I cannot boot into Rockbox as it says "Invalid or
Corrupt Playlist" or something like that (I am afraid I cannot read
the screen). I have taken off some files and defragmented the drive.
Do you have any other suggestions. I can still boot into Iriver. *Have
you downloaded and patched the correct version for your player? Check
the wikie manual on the getting started/installing rockbox page.

4. Is there any documentation on setting bookmarks and creatingvoice

*You can set bookmarks from the while playing screen or, change
bookmarking from the settings menu. Bookmark on stop, etc, etc. Note
that rockbox has a resume feature which is great for audio books.the

Apologies if this sounds as though I am complaining. I am not, I
think Rockbox is great, and I lookforward to having a stable system.
*doesn't sound like your complaining to me dude.


I hope someone will be able to answer some of my questions or point me
in the right direction.

Good luck to all the developers and thanks for everything you are

Pele West
Received on 2006-01-22

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