From now on those promoting Rockbox should also warn of its dangers. It is good for enthusiasts who have at least 2 players and don’t mind experimenting and perhaps even destroying a player. It is not good for those with just one player who are unaware of its risks. Putting Rockbox on a player also voids the warranty.
Have I used Rockbox? Not yet, although I might risk a player on it. I have over 3 mp3 players though, and know that Rockbox might destroy a player.
I’m almost positive one of your players is a V1 Fuze…which is a fully stable port. I waited until I got my hands on one of those again before I tried it, because I, too thought I might be “risking a player”. It installed nice as can be, and the only drawback to RB on the Fuze V1, at least the one I have, is that the battery life isn’t that great, although that could change in the future with an updated build.
But the added features more than make up for the loss of a couple hours of battery life…for example, with the V1 Fuze, no more waiting for the database refresh to use your Fuze…unplug from the computer, and it will update its database in the background, and you can select something with the file browser to listen to in the meantime.
You could have your variable speed playback with pitch adjustment, at long last…and I think there are more bookmarking features available too, which for you with your many podcasts and lectures would be a welcome addition.
I waited to try it on a Clip+ until I got my second one, just to be sure…and now I have it on both of them. Asides from the stellar customizable EQ in Rockbox, which they all share, the battery life is improved with the Clip+, especially with FLAC and Ogg Vorbis files that eat up the battery quickly with the factory firmware.
I have yet to see anything that might brick any of my players, so far…if you decide you don’t like to use it, then remove it…it’s easy to do. It’s also easy to boot into the Sansa firmware as well, if you want to. Would I recommend it to the tech-challenged person, or someone with only one player? No…but you don’t need to be an engineer to use it, either.