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Registered: ‎09-15-2011

Rockbox

Hi,

 

I'm using a 4gb clip +  via a mac with a 16gb card. I'd like to try Rockbox, usb is set to msc and firmware is v01.02.15a.  How will Rockbox improve the use of the clip in music/podcast/audiobooks, and what should I do before the switch?

 

Thanks,

Scott

SanDisk User
Posts: 74
Registered: ‎04-09-2009

Re: Rockbox


@stp479 wrote:

 

How will Rockbox improve the use of the clip in music/podcast/audiobooks, and what should I do before the switch?

 


http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/WhyRockbox.

 

Before the switch, you should read the first two chapters of the manual.

http://download.rockbox.org/daily/manual/rockbox-sansaclipplus/rockbox-build.html.

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 16,251
Registered: ‎04-17-2008

Re: Rockbox

How do you know you'd like to try it, if you know nothing about it?

 

You need to spend some time at the Rockbox site.

Newbie
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Registered: ‎09-15-2011

Re: Rockbox

Of course Rockbox is fine for info but those here are die hard fans of the clip so I went to you first.  Thanks for the reply...

SanDisk Guru
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Registered: ‎04-17-2008

Re: Rockbox

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It all depends on what you expect or want to get out of it. The majority of people are perfectly happy with the way the players work with their origiinal firmware. If however, you're looking to tweak every setting (beyond the basics) or more options than you can count then Rockbox is the way to go.

 

The manual is invaluable, both in installing it and the countless options avaliable, how they work and how to set them up. I'd suggest downloading the .pdf version of it and keeping it handy on your computer for future reference. You'll find yourself going back to it a lot while you learn.

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 8,152
Registered: ‎12-11-2007

Re: Rockbox

And it's beyond just tweaking:  Rockbox gets some things right which the OF just, well, doesn't.  E.g. no file limit and no obstructionistic database refresh (argghh!!). 

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 4,898
Registered: ‎11-17-2008

Re: Rockbox


@Miikerman wrote:

And it's beyond just tweaking:  Rockbox gets some things right which the OF just, well, doesn't.  E.g. no file limit and no obstructionistic database refresh (argghh!!). 


Battery life also improves. Smiley Wink

iPod Touch 5G 32GB, Touch 4G 32GB, Clip Sport 8GB.
Rockbox-> Clip Zip 4GB, iPod Nano 2G 4GB, iPod 5.5G 80GB
2012 Nexus 7 32GB, Asus MeMoPad 8 16+64GB, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 520

SanDisk User
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Registered: ‎12-23-2008

Re: Rockbox

Is the sound quality about the same or better?

 

(for MP3 only or all codecs?)

SanDisk User
Posts: 74
Registered: ‎04-09-2009

Re: Rockbox


@color43 wrote:

Is the sound quality about the same or better? 


 

The sound quality is about the same.  You should, however, be aware of the issues.

http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SansaAMS#AMSv2_issues_40Fuzev2_44_Clipv2_44_Clip_43_44_ClipZip_41:.

 

Another thing you might be interested in knowing is that Rockbox’s five-band parametric equalizer is a lot better than SanDisk’s equalizer, which is non-parametric.

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 1,265
Registered: ‎04-24-2009

Re: Rockbox

Aside from things like EQ (which rockbox does do a lot better), pretty much all software is supposed to produce the same output for an mp3 file. There is a spec. If something produces different sound then the spec requires, its not really better or worse so much as it is "broken".