Installing Rockbox – an open source replacement firmware for mp3 players

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MAKE Flickr photo pool member Irregular Shed shows how easy it is to give an old MP3 a new life –

“This is how long it took to install a different operating system – the rather excellent Rockbox – on an iPod Mini. It fits on one screen, and includes me forgetting what operating system I was using in the first place (where I typed ‘ls’ instead of ‘dir’).

What does it do? Loads of cool things that the standard iPod software can’t, like play OGG files, be skinnable and emulate a 48k Spectrum. And it’s available for iPods, iRivers and Archos media players, and is good. “Link.

(This makes a great gift, pick up an old player, zap it and give wrap it up!)


  • Rockbox, an open source replacement firmware for MP3 players – Link.
  • Rockbox OS for Archos provides cool functions – Link.
  • Best non-iPod MP3 players? – Link.

4 thoughts on “Installing Rockbox – an open source replacement firmware for mp3 players

  1. Ah, the old ls attempt in windows. For that exact reason I made a .bat file called ls.bat that contains only the line ‘dir’. Very useful, and easier than using mingw.

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