Friday, January 15, 2016

Rockbox Rocks

I wanted to put a bunch of music on a Sansa Clip+ or Sport Clip and both seriously messed up the order of the tracks. First, ID3 v1 doesn't support more than 255 tracks, which wasn't enough. I used mutagen ( to make sure the tracks were numbered correctly via this script
TOTAL=`ls -1 | wc -l | sed -e "s/ //g"`

for i in *
    mid3v2 -T "$COUNT/$TOTAL" "$i"
    mid3v2 --delete-v1 "$i"
The downside with mutagen is that it always converts to ID3 v2.4 that many players won't recognize. Nicely, with mp3tag ( one can choose the version desired, and there is an automated track numbering tool. Still no joy. As best as I can tell, the Sansa clips have a bug or two that make the whole effort futile. Enter Rockbox ( I had no idea there was such a thing as free music player firmware. Cool! I downloaded the installer and the necessary Sansa firmware from, ran the installer, and it worked! So I did what I always do: donated to the mp3tag and Rockbox projects. The Clip Sport is not currently supported by Rockbox...
I learned far more about mp3 tagging than I ever wanted to, so thought I'd pass a little of the learning on.

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