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For a while I've heard of using Rockbox on my iPod as I grew tired of the default firmware loaded on the device. About 6 months ago I loaded the iPod with Rockbox, downloaded some cools skins, and transferred some FLAC to the iPod.

For a while I was in love with Rockbox. Tons of cool extras not found with iTunes software like games, extra apps, etc. I was totally enamored with the fact my mp3 player was playing FLAC.

After a month or so the infatuation wore off and Rockbox started to show why it is open source software. The battery life was utterly terrible from the get go. I just figured it was from my own doing, but the iPod was manually shut down after each use and still the battery drained over 3x faster than the stock firmware. Aside from the battery life, the database management of Rockbox started to show troubles as well. It would reload my entire database, build it again, and then show duplicates of each song within an album. I would have to build my database again, wait for a reload and then finally start using it again. This would happen at least once a week.

Lastly, the firmware just wasn't as snappy as the iPod firmware. Hitting a button seemed to regurgitate a half second delay and then proceeded with the command. Not only that, the navigation itself was a total pain. It could be that I was so used to the default firmware, but it was a hassle to do simple tasks on the iPod with Rockbox.

Overall, I love the idea of Rockbox and what it could possibly do, but after all, it is still open source freeware for a reason. Although, the stock firmware does not support FLAC or ape, it is more snappy with better battery life and easier navigation. I may try a later release of Rockbox again and while I'll miss the extras I won't miss the downfalls. I guess 320 kbps mp3 is a small compromise.

End of rant/rave.
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post #2 of 9
Rip into ALAC with iTunes or convert your current lossless to ALAC (dbpoweramp is the converter I have used).

You can still have lossless and send the signal through your line-out to the Mini3. That, my friend, would be a solid portable rig .
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Great tips Bryan.

So much work to convert my library into ALAC again. FLAC already took long enough
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Dbpoweramp is fantastic. You can convert as much lossless as you desire and it does it rather quickly - at one point I was converting 7 albums simultaneously and they were all finished within 4-5 minutes if I had to estimate.

Credit is due for 'Lipid. He is the one who discovered Dbpoweramp and posted it here on OCN .

Ah, almost forgot to mention. You'll need to download the FLAC and ALAC add-ons before you can convert. It takes maybe an extra minute or so.
Edited by Aura - 6/16/08 at 8:21pm
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I shelled out the extra few dollars for DBPoweramp Reference, and I must say, it makes batch conversions almost enjoyable. (It's fully multithreaded, so the C2Ds really can rip through encoding). Brilliant program. There is a 30 day trial available if you don't expect to be doing this that often.
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I put rockbox on my E250 Sansa a few days ago and so far I like it over the stock firmwire. The database thing can get annoying, but I only have 2GB to refresh, not dozens.
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Yeah, rockbox kills the battery life. Though the EQ is a lot better than the stock firmware's, not that I use EQ anymore, but back in the day it was good.

I pretty much just keep a FLAC copy of all of my stuff on my back up drive, and have a ALAC and Lame V0 copy for iTunes and my iPod Touch respectively. I've been converting all of my stuff with Max in OSX lately, it is probably the most hassel free converter I've used.
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Haha, people never listen to me :[ Oh well.

I agree with you 100%, the battery life amongst other things turned me away from rockbox. when I had my ipod docked at work, it made a great portable rig, but now that I'm even more on the go, inspecting sites and such, rockbox is out. you know, you can modify the ipod 5th gen to look like a ipod classic, right?

Like Aura said, ALAC, and like Chipp said, get db refrence, i bet you can FIND a deal on the internet ;] for it. i used it on my huge FLAC collection, took all of 15 minutes, max.
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-lossless.html

Plus, being able let my friends play my ALAC in itunes without them freaking out about using J river/foobar, well, that made my life 10x easier.
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hey guys don't ruin it for me... I still want to put a flash drive in a mini one day...


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