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Posted 03-30-2010 at 03:46 PM by williamfromtexas

Led Zeppelin cost me about 45 minutes today, and I'm not happy about it. Mp3 player crash.

It's a nice little player, sleek and black. Sansa, e280. When I first got it I didn't know that it was also "version 2", which meant that, at the time, I couldn't install Rockbox on it.

Rockbox, what is that? Is it a Linux on your device? No, it's its own kernel. It loads a feature rich operating system onto your mp3 player, and is highly customizable with different plug-ins and themes.

I was very disapointed at the time to think that my version 2 - an upgraded, advanced edition! - lacked functionality that the version 1's would have; and I thought about all those people who would have a version 1 and not know it's full ability. What stupid people.

I was stuck with my version 2, and I learned to love it in it's own special way.

And it was to be the subject of today's blog, until I did some updated research, and found that the Sansa e280v2 is now mostly supported by Rockbox.

So hopefully next week I will come to you with a nice little 'How-To' and positive reviews, (and better hope: not another mp3 player crash...).
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    Rockbox is excellent, I have an iRiver H340 that took an age to start (some sort of disk scan to collect mp3 details). Put rockbox on it and it loads almost immediately... no thrills Rockbox just does what it needs to and does it well.
    Posted 04-01-2010 at 03:05 AM by dsmyth dsmyth is offline
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    Just an update on the original post:

    The Rockbox auto-installer worked beautifully.

    As I always attach my player to the computer using the 'engage-hold and press-backbutton' approach (which starts the player in some default mode), I haven't had to change a single habit in use of the machine - indeed, installing Rockbox has added value enormously.

    I do suspect that all the extra 'brain power' (or perhaps codec rendering) drains the battery quicker than the OEM system, but I have not tested this and have no desire to.

    I have read information from the Rockbox group expressing dismay that the mp3 player may die in the face of wide-spread smartphone use. However, I don't think this will be the case. Mp3 players should become a type of personal appliance: digital jukeboxes (with wireless connectivity features, of course) that are small, have high storage capacity, feature rich interface(s) and highly inter-operable. Many people want to keep their phones (contact management/work duties/etc) separate from their fun (music, time-passing games, video).. like having an iTouch and a BlackBerry. Rockbox is the former, Android is the latter?
    Posted 04-15-2010 at 10:59 AM by williamfromtexas williamfromtexas is offline


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