While the firmware that Apple supplied with your iPod is adequate, it has a certain limitations. By replacing the standard iPod firmware with software from Rockbox, you can add flexibility to your iPod and give it features you wish it already had. Jack Wallen shows you how to install and configure Rockbox onto your iPod over in the Geekend blog.


What exactly does the open source software of Rockbox offer? Here’s the short list:

  • Support for over fifteen codecs.
  • Gapless playback.
  • 5-band fully parametric equalizer with cross feed.
  • High resolution volume control.
  • Themes.
  • Advanced cross fading.
  • Cue sheet support.
  • Cover art support.
  • JPEG file viewing support.
  • Doom (on some models)
  • MPEG video support.
  • RTC (real time clock)
  • Customizable tag database.
  • Unicode support.
  • Multilingual capability.
  • Spoken interface (optional).
  • Plugin support.
  • Open source.