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Subject: Re: iPod from scratch

Re: iPod from scratch

From: Michael Sparmann via rockbox <>
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2019 22:13:51 +0100

Am 04.11.2019 um 22:06 schrieb Stefan Ott via rockbox:
> On Mon, Nov 04, 2019 at 10:00:46PM +0100, Michael Sparmann via rockbox wrote:
>> I'm not entirely sure how the iPod Video bootloader works. You probably
>> don't really need any of the code in the binary, but the partition
>> contents need to be structured correctly for the second stage bootloader
>> to find the rockbox bootloader. While I did craft some empty "container"
>> firmware partitions for the iPod Classic a couple of years back, I'm not
>> sure of anyone ever did that for the Video (which has quite a few
>> differences). It's probably not worth the hassle - just put on the Apple
>> binary and patch the Rockbox bootloader into that. (Or if you really
>> want to, dig into the image format and remove other parts that you don't
>> need.)
>> You don't need iTunes though. On the iPod Video, I think you can just
>> grab the file from Apple's servers and dd it onto the firmware partition
>> on the iPod's disk, as documented in the wiki.
> Ah excellent, that does sound reasonable.
> In case I do feel like trying (sometimes I enjoy doing silly things),
> you wouldn't happen to have any information on the things that you did
> back then, or possibly a link or two to point me in the right direction?

It's been literally a decade ago. I don't quite remember how it worked
or where I found information.

Some helpful info seems to be here as well:

Received on 2019-11-04

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