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Subject: Re: questions on rockbox

Re: questions on rockbox

From: Kevin Doucet <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 17:36:06 -0500


Am I correct in that I seem to remember that a build of rockbox which
is being developed for player x will also work on the Iaudio x5 player?

>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 <>
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