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"all religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. all these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom." albert einstein

open source firmware for my player

If I want open source running my machines, why would my portable music player be any different? And since I love freedom, rockbox is my choice.

"Rockbox is an open source firmware replacement for a growing number of digital audio players. Rockbox aims to be considerably more functional and efficient than your device’s stock firmware while remaining easy to use and customisable. Rockbox is written by users, for users. Not only is it free to use, it is also released under the GNU public license, which means that it will always remain free both to use and to change.

Rockbox has been in development since 2001, and receives new features, tweaks and fixes each day to provide you with the best possible experience on your digital audio player. A major goal of Rockbox is to be simple and easy to use, yet remain very customisable and configurable. We believe that you should never need to go through a series of menus for an action you perform frequently. We also believe that you should be able to configure almost anything about Rockbox you could want, pertaining to functionality.

One of the best features for me are the Ogg support, awesome theme full customization (there are even some Ubuntu and Ubuntu Studio inspired themes), and seeing the music as a storage device (because sharing is caring). I've been using it for over 2 years and it works great and code is being improved daily.

Check the list of supported hardware, maybe you can switch and give a new free life to your player.

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De: NaWer Fecha: 2008-02-21 11:55

Rockbox rox... but there's archopen too, for archos music/video player...

It's pretty cool Free firmware.... better than original's :)

De: fcs Fecha: 2008-02-21 14:10

Another vote here for Rockbox! I have been using it for about a year on an IPOD video and it's great! Works great with Ubuntu.

De: msch Fecha: 2008-02-21 15:12

What I like most about it is that your player isn't limited by the features it had when you bought it. With Rockbox, it is constantly evolving and improving. I wouldn't want a player that can't be used with Rockbox anymore.

De: Jim Fecha: 2008-02-21 20:52

I have been waiting for a version of rockbox for the 2nd generation nano and it looks like it's still not supported. I asked for one from creative and got a lame ipod instead. I can't wait to overwrite that firmware. Any idea if this is the pipeline?

De: luisbg Fecha: 2008-02-21 21:00

more rockbox lovers! nice :)

Jim, they are reverse engineering the hardware to support it, not an easy task. Apple should help them specifying the important stuff.

De: Llewelyn_MT Fecha: 2008-02-22 11:17

RockBox is nice. I use it on a Sansa e260 I won recently. I wouldn't be able to use with Ogg (it's Ogg, *not* OGG!) otherwise. The interface is also much better, ever though I didn't play with it much yet. But what is better for the Ogg formats to be generally accepted? Is it software like this, or an out-of-the-box Ogg support provided by the vendor? I guess that the latter is better, as it has far more publicity and "regular users" are more likely to notice Ogg as a viable alternative.

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