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Subject: RE: IPod loading after Rockbox

RE: IPod loading after Rockbox

From: Ian Macrae <>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 14:04:35 -0000

Anna, thanks, that seems very clear and I'll give it a go tonight. Just
one last thing, how do you switch between Rockbox and Apple firmware on
the player please?


From: []
On Behalf Of Woody Anna Dresner
Sent: 31 January 2007 18:56
To: Rockbox
Subject: Re: IPod loading after Rockbox

Hi Ian,

I have an iPod Nano first generation, and I routinely use both the
Rockbox and Apple firmware. I use Rockbox to play unprotected music and
the Apple firmware to play Audible books and music purchased from

Rockbox has the ability to create an ID3 database that includes music
imported through iTunes and music copied to the iPod with Windows
Explorer, but this database can't use voice clips, so song names, etc.,
have to be spelled or numbered. For this reason, I don't use the
database. Instead, I use iTunes to import the tracks I want to play
with iTunes and Windows Explorer to copy in the tracks I want to play
with Rockbox. Neither firmware is aware of the music copied to the iPod
by the other firmware. So when I load Rockbox, I only have access to
what I copied in with Windows Explorer, and when I load the Apple
firmware, I only have access to what I copied in using iTunes.

To put music in for playing with Rockbox, I used Windows Explorer to
create a Music folder at the root level of the iPod. I also created a
folder for podcasts, one for drama, etc. Within music, I have a folder
for each artist. Within that folder are folders for each album by that
artist. And within each album folder are all the tracks from the album.

You can copy any tracks you imported into your iTunes library from CD
using Windows Explorer. On most systems, the iTunes library is in a
folder called My Music within the My Documents folder. There is a
folder in My Music called iTunes, and within that is one called iTunes
Music or some such. Within that is all your music, organized just the
way I described. You could simply select all the artist folders
containing music you imported and copy them to the music folder on your

If you purchased music from the iTunes store, however, those tracks
won't play unless you load them into your iPod using iTunes and then
play them running the Apple firmware.

I would suggest running the Apple firmware any time you import music
into your iPod or delete music from it, even if you're using Windows
Explorer to copy and delete files. The Apple firmware uses USB 2.0, but
the Rockbox firmware doesn't. This means that music transfers go much,
much more quickly while running the Apple firmware. Then switch to
Rockbox before playing the music you copied using Windows Explorer.

I hope this makes sense. Please let me know if it doesn't, and I'll try

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