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Rockbox 3.6 and beyond

Jun 25, 2010, 04:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"Rockbox has been chugging along for years offering an open source firmware replacement for MP3 players. But how relevant is a firmware replacement for a type of device that's slowly going extinct? With the release of Rockbox 3.6 on June 3, now is a good time to check in on the state of Rockbox and the future of the project.

"Rockbox is considered stable for a range of more than 20 MP3 players from Apple, Archos, Cowon, iRiver, Olympus, SanDisk, Toshiba, and several others. The project also offers unstable ports for a number of other players, and ports are in progress (but largely non-functional) for another dozen or so.

"The 3.6 release is a fairly modest one. It includes support for the Packard Bell Vibe 500, which is a music player released around 2005. It also supports upgraded hard drives larger than 137GB, features a new alarm clock plugin, and adds support for Sony's ATRAC3 and other codecs. Users should see improved battery life when playing Ogg Vorbis, WMA, AAC, ATRAC3, Cook, and AC3 formats thanks to other improvements in 3.6."

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