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Subject: Re: Problems with Rockbox on ipod classic

Re: Problems with Rockbox on ipod classic

From: David Hall <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:30:43 -0400

On 6/22/2011 6:56 PM, Maria Vatapitakapha wrote:
> I have a Sony ICF-C1iPMK2 FM/AM Clock radio which also has a docking
> station for an iPod.
> However, now that I have installed Rockbox on my iPod classic I can only
> get it to play tracks if I connect it through the AUDIO IN terminal.
> This means that I cannot charge the iPod on the dock while it's playing
> as once I put the iPod into the connector it just charges, giving control
> to the device it's connected to. But the sony docking station controls
> are not communicating with the Rockbox firmware.
> So it seems that my only option to play music and use the docking
> station is if I connect through the AUDIO IN and use the iPod battery power.
> is the address to the wiki
page on iPod accessories, not all are supported as there are multiple
"languages" accessories use to talk to iPods and Rockbox does not fully
support them all.

That said, there are multiple things you can try depending on the amount
of effort you want to go through.

1 - It sounds as if your iPod is a entering USB mode upon docking.
Press and hold Menu (has the any-key patch been accepted yet? (I'm
still a bit out of the loop)) while inserting the iPod into the dock to
prevent this.

2 - as Dave Hooper previously mentioned ensure you have line-out and
accessory power turned on in the Rockbox settings.

I'm hopeful at this point you'll have music playback through the dock,
but possibly not control with the dock's buttons.

If not, and you're willing to dig in quite a bit deeper, we can talk
about trying to debug what commands are being used by your dock and what
it would take for Rockbox to support them.

Received on 2011-06-23

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