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Subject: Re: questions on rockbox

Re: questions on rockbox

From: Paul Louden <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 17:06:27 -0500

1. We cannot yet guarantee your AACs will play. The decoder we currently
have is kinda not as good as we'd like. But expect it to be improved at some
point (if your files don't play with our current one, that is) as ffmpeg is
supposed to have one in progress that we should be able to use (if I
understand correctly).

2. No. Right now Rockbox is in feature freeze for the iRiver series players
release. There's not much work that's been done toward the iPod power
consumption yet. General optimizations will help alot though, so generally
speaking the only direction it should go is up. You can see some peoples'
runtimes here, though they may not be entirely indicative:

3. Yes. It's very easy. If you follow our installation instructions, just
keep the file bootpartition.bin that you extract from the iPod during the
install. You can write it back to the iPod to restore its boot partition to
a factory-like condition. You can also dual boot. Holding the menu key while
booting will allow you to boot the Apple firmware. Some people have modified
their bootloaders to default to Apple instead, at least until Feature X that
they want is readily available in Rockbox, often video, as we don't support
that, and aren't likely to soon unless someone comes along and does it. But
as I said, you can always boot into Apple to watch videos.

On 5/18/06, Matt Karlgaard <> wrote:
> I have an iPod 60GB photo. I love the hardware and use it every day. As
> an electrical engineer, I get frustrated at the lack of customizability of
> the ipod. I am considering dumping the apple firmware for Rockbox. I have
> a couple concerns though:
> 1. I saw AAC files are not 100% functional (I have 160kbps AAC files on my
> iPod). What does this mean for me?
> 2. Is the power consumption issue fixed yet? How much faster will my
> batteries drain (as a %) than with apple firmware? When will this issue be
> fixed?
> 3. Can I re-install the apple firmware without any problems if i decide I
> don't like something about the rockbox firmware?
> Also, I am new to this mailing list thing. Will I get an email every time
> someone replies to this post? I did see where the posts get put on
> Matt
Received on 2006-05-19

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