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Mix: Trapped miners, Rockbox, Adobe promo, iAudioGuide

Two men trapped in a mine in northern Tasmania were given iPods to keep them entertained while they wait for rescuers to begin a new drilling operation to set them free.

CNET’s James Kim has reviewed Rockbox, the open-source firmware alternative for iPods which offers features like OGG and FLAC support, gapless playback, crossfading options, and a customizable interface.

Adobe is giving away free iPod Hi-Fi speaker systems to customers of its stock photo store who spend $2000 between April 21, 2006 and June 23, 2006. [via TUAW]

iAudioGuide offers free city audio guides (London, Barcelona, Paris) in MP3 format for use on portable devices like the iPod. A city map with the sights is also included with the downloads.

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Comments

1

Gapless playback and flac support sound great to me.

Posted by Shaun on May 3, 2006 at 7:09 AM (PDT)

2

all i want on my ipod is gapless playback, Apple, give us an update. I dont want shoddy looking rockbox on my iPod, just the features it gives. :(

Posted by Andy on May 3, 2006 at 7:59 AM (PDT)

3

I would download and start using… but I do have alot of Protected AAC files which it won’t support :(

COME ON JHYMN… GIVE US AN UPDATE!!

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on May 3, 2006 at 8:58 AM (PDT)

4

Basic Rockbox is, well, basic. However, it is CUSTOMIZABLE to look virtually any way you like it. Shoddy looking? Only if you want it to be.

Posted by Mark on May 3, 2006 at 9:10 AM (PDT)

5

“Two men trapped in a mine in northern Tasmania were given iPods to keep them entertained while they wait for rescuers to begin a new drilling operation to set them free.”

Too bad all that was on the iPods was the theme from “Shaft.”

Posted by Navamske on May 3, 2006 at 9:35 AM (PDT)

6

About the cityguides, the maps are in pdf. So they aren’t really easyliy viewable in your iPod while cruising the streets. Maybe in the next update… smile

Posted by anders on May 3, 2006 at 11:07 AM (PDT)

7

Apple really has no excuse to not include gapless playback in it’s next iPods, hell the current ones can do it with a firmware update, as the Rockbox guys have proved.

Posted by phennphawcks on May 4, 2006 at 1:05 AM (PDT)

8

Me REALLY LIKE Rockbox. After I redux Le Wimp Batterie in the 4G, the Apple firmware’s the next to go. Since I manually transfer songs anyways, autosyncing ain’t an issue, as if Apple’s firmware was ever capable of delineating the same file with different ID3 edits to begin with to stop transfers (or at least question) of multiple versions of the virtually the same on the iPod. Who knows? If I fall for it like I think I will (geek usually IS good, after all), the 5G will be next.

Theme from “Shaft”...that’s sooo bad, man (and you can take that any way you want to).

Posted by flatline response on May 4, 2006 at 7:09 AM (PDT)

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