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My 32GB Flash IPod Mini

post #1 of 463
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Let me un-highjack the "Cheapest 16GB ogg-enabled player thread.

I've replaced the 4GB micro-drive in an IPod Mini with a 32GB compact flash card. Here is where the idea came from.

IPod Mini - eBay purchase, $50 total
A-Data 32GB compact flash card - from NewEgg $135.
High capacity battery for the mini yet to arrive - eBay $5

After I getting it all together and RockBoxing it, I have a 32GB flash, OGG playing, FLAC playing, parametric equalizing, cross feeding, line-outing player. All for $190.

A 16GB CF card can be found for $60. That would make total cost about $115.

After a little effort, I got it. At first ITunes didn't want to restore the new drive. I had to put in the original drive, update the firmware from 1.3 to the latest. Then I switched back to the 32GB flash and viola.




The write speed on the card is pretty slow, but the read/transfer speed is plenty fast. I am still waiting on the replacement battery.

To answer defsquad's question from the other thread, I have a RSA Predator to hook up to. My IEMs are UM1s. I just sold a pair of SE530s to get some UM2s; I don't have them yet. I also have a pair of HD580s that I typically use with the Predator and my computer. I plan on getting some HD25-1 IIs soon.

-Pony
post #2 of 463
HOLY **** NICE
WHY AREN'T OTHER COMPANY DOING THIS? (Looks at Cowon iAudio 7 needs 32gb..16gb not good enough)
post #3 of 463
Sweet idea, and sweet price for a 32gb flash player!

Only problem is it's an iPod.

Anyone knows of other models that can accept large CF cards in place of microdrives? IIRC the Rio Carbon can't... not sure about the others (Archos XS100? Iriver H10?)
post #4 of 463
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Originally Posted by Fallingwater View Post
Sweet idea, and sweet price for a 32gb flash player!

Only problem is it's an iPod.

Anyone knows of other models that can accept large CF cards in place of microdrives? IIRC the Rio Carbon can't... not sure about the others (Archos XS100? Iriver H10?)
But it runs RockBox - Rockbox - Open Source Jukebox Firmware - check it out.

-Pony
post #5 of 463
I know Rockbox, but I have a general dislike for Apple products. I might just get a mini and flash it as you did if I can't get anything else, but a different player would be much better for me.
post #6 of 463
thanks for the writeup pony, and for answering my questions.

i think i'm going to sell my 5.5 80gig video and go with this setup. 32gig should be enough for all flac audio, 'sides i don't listen to all the music i have on this 80gig anyway.
post #7 of 463
Just out of interest isn't compact flash 2 32 GB card based on a microdrive?
Really sweet mod definitely a nice and cheap player
post #8 of 463
How good is the Mini dac? Would it be worthy of being imodded?
post #9 of 463
no, microdrives went up to 12gb (the vibe) but then since the only company making them was IBM, and they sold their hard drive division to hitachi, nand memory based compact flash cards seemed more economical then minatirization of hard drives,

if a 16gb SD card costs 70 bucks on newegg, and a SD card has ALOT less physical space to put in nand chips (a SD card can fit 1 or 2 nand chips), while a compact flash can easly fit 4-8, a nand based 32gb compact flash at 135 bucks is more then logical, becuase of the ability to use lower density chips,
post #10 of 463
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Originally Posted by antonyfirst View Post
How good is the Mini dac? Would it be worthy of being imodded?
According to Germania, Link, it's a "fantastic" DAC.

A iModded Mini would be cool; someone call Vinnie.

-Pony
post #11 of 463
Someone call our diyers.
post #12 of 463
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fallingwater View Post
Sweet idea, and sweet price for a 32gb flash player!

Only problem is it's an iPod.

Anyone knows of other models that can accept large CF cards in place of microdrives? IIRC the Rio Carbon can't... not sure about the others (Archos XS100? Iriver H10?)
iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!

How easy is this sort of thing to do? I've been looking round and can't really find anything to replace my iriver 120. Quite like the idea of having a 8 gig flashed flac playing iriver. Only problem is cost really. Once I've got the parts together I might as well have bought the new sony or whatever...
post #13 of 463
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It's very straight forward. Check out iFixIt

I'm not saying it can't be screwed up, but I had no real problems.

-Pony
post #14 of 463
Great idea and work!
$190 is not that bad for a 32GB solid state DAP.
post #15 of 463
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post
iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!

How easy is this sort of thing to do? I've been looking round and can't really find anything to replace my iriver 120. Quite like the idea of having a 8 gig flashed flac playing iriver. Only problem is cost really. Once I've got the parts together I might as well have bought the new sony or whatever...
I don't know if this can make you feel better, but I would prefer the iRiver H140 over any new sony players, or such.
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