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Old 07-23-2012, 02:04 AM
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I have Sansa Clip Zip. I was ready to install rockbox but then it said I had to go find a firmware file and blah blah blah. Seemed to complicated at the moment. I used the hestitation to talk myself out of installing it. I'm afraid that if I don't like it I will not be able to go back to the old OEM software.
I listen to SOME music but mostly listen to audio books.
Should I install it? Will I be able to get rid of it if I need to?
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:22 AM
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Nobody can tell you if you should install Rockbox or not. That's a personal decision best made after some reading. My opinion is if you're here asking because opening a link to download a firmware file is too much effort or seems complex, no.

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More info on installation and removal: AMSv2 status page http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SansaAMS
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:36 AM
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I bought a clip zip a few weeks ago because it was quite cheap
and I always wanted to try rockbox (but never had a matching player).
Donīt mind about installing, itīs very easy, an you donīt loose orig. FW,
you can choose between both.
But (TBH) I mostly use original fw meanwhile.
Rockbox is pretty overloaded with features and funktions and may be
useful for some, but Iīm a "folder-based user" , I donīt need playlists,
several sortings, calendars, games etc.
And I like to reduce the menue of OF to a minimum (hide needless functions )
But Iīll keep Rockbox nevertheless
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:06 AM
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If you like the limitations of the sandisk firmware, have fun. Just don't post that as if it makes you some type power user.

If you're a "folder-based user" Rockbox kicks the crap out of the sandisk firmware. I understand it may be a bit complex for you to actually see the full file structure but for me it's beats the heck out having the firmware hide what it doesn't think you're bright enough to understand.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:52 AM
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While skip is 100% correct in stating “nobody can tell you if you should install Rockbox or not.” Based on what you wrote, which I’ve bullet pointed below, I’d wait until you are comfortable by taking his advice and reading about it as much as you can, then and only then could you make your own decision to install or not.

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I have Sansa Clip Zip. I was ready to install rockbox but then it said:
  • I had to go find a firmware file and blah blah blah
  • Seemed to complicated at the moment. I used the hestitation to talk myself out of installing it.
  • I'm afraid that if I don't like it I will not be able to go back to the old OEM software.
Based on the three bullets you stated, I would say don’t install unless you feel comfortable, that is something we can't give you. You can only acquire this level of comfort by reading the manual, but as stated above that’s your own decision.

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Should I install it?
That is entirely up to you, if we tell you that you should and you fudge it up, you’ll only blame us.
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Will I be able to get rid of it if I need to?
Yes it's easy to remove, just look over the manual.

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… for me it's beats the heck out having the firmware hide what it doesn't think you're bright enough to understand.
Reminds me of the fruit company
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:47 PM
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Rockbox is so easy to install, in the end, and uninstall, you really might want to try it.

The only real possible issue I've seen is, Rockbox might make your player unable to play DRM'ed files in the future, even if it is uninstalled. If that is an issue for you, you may not want to try Rockbox out.
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