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Title: Rockbox Hardware?
Post by: scharkalvin on August 04, 2019, 09:27:16 AM
First of all, it's been a long time since I was last in here.  I recently dug out my two Gigabeats which had Rockbox on them and was surprised to see the batteries would still take a charge.  I was also dismayed to see that my eyes can no longer read the tiny font on the screen, I'll have to figure out how to install something larger. (sigh)
When I was last hanging around this site there was quite a bit of activity, now it seems that the latest release was some two years ago (recent by Debian standards :-) ).  At one time there was some thought of designing a custom media player for a rockbox target.  I guess that went nowhere.  However, "maker" development boards have come a long way since then.  Arduino like clones with Cortex M4 ARM processors running 120MHz (overclockable to 200MHz) are available, along with an i2S amplifier module (IE: external D/A with headphone driver), and TFT LCD displays with SD card socket, all from Adafruit.  The SAMD51 is available with 512K-1meg flash, and 192-256k ram, I wonder if that is enough.  The Teensy 3.6 is similar.

I also have a few older smartphones in my drawer that are no longer in use (Moto X gen 1, BlackBerry Priv), I wonder if they can be jail broken and used as general purpose devices (though this might require careful surgery to open them up and somehow connect a JTAG, plus the cost of a JLink-Edu).

Don't be afraid to call me 'stupid' on these ideas, I'm sure I don't know what I don't know here, despite being an embedded software engineer for several decades.  (Mobile devices are NOT my strong point).
Title: Re: Rockbox Hardware?
Post by: Prisoner416 on August 23, 2019, 01:03:26 PM
There was talk of an Android port for a while, but I think development died.

The latest release might be a bit old, but I would highly recommend you install the latest dev build. I update my Sansa Fuze with it almost every night, and there have been a lot of code changes since the last official release. Not sure how many apply to a Gigabeat, but it certainly can't hurt.

Title: Re: Rockbox Hardware?
Post by: burkjavier on August 23, 2019, 08:02:06 PM
I still futz with my Gigabeats.  I even bought an X from Japan after many years as I always wanted one (great sounding player btw). 

I guess Rockbox had more of a push back then as there was definitely a need...devices coming out with large hard drives that no phone could match.  But the software was crap so Rockbox to the rescue.  More codec support and, in the case of a GigaF, you could get video too!  Instant improvement.

Today you have smartphones with 256+GB or microSD's that can support more.  x265 support, FLAC support, high-res DAC's etc.   It's much harder to justify carrying around one of these dedicated DAP's except to save phone battery life.  Or, in my case, as an excuse to stay off the grid while listening to my tunes.

I'm just glad the Rockbox forum still exists at all as there's information here on some of these old players that you will never find anywhere else now.
Title: Re: Rockbox Hardware?
Post by: Prisoner416 on August 25, 2019, 04:05:58 PM
I still futz with my Gigabeats.  I even bought an X from Japan after many years as I always wanted one (great sounding player btw). 

I guess Rockbox had more of a push back then as there was definitely a need...devices coming out with large hard drives that no phone could match.  But the software was crap so Rockbox to the rescue.  More codec support and, in the case of a GigaF, you could get video too!  Instant improvement.

Today you have smartphones with 256+GB or microSD's that can support more.  x265 support, FLAC support, high-res DAC's etc.   It's much harder to justify carrying around one of these dedicated DAP's except to save phone battery life.  Or, in my case, as an excuse to stay off the grid while listening to my tunes.

I'm just glad the Rockbox forum still exists at all as there's information here on some of these old players that you will never find anywhere else now.

I can't stand the touchscreen interface of phones and am so used to the Rockbox interface that it's almost impossible for me to switch.