Originally Posted by Oya?
as does the Zune and the Rio Vibez. I think the Tonium Pacemaker has it too (would be absolutely silly if it didn't). The old Karma had it. And I'm sure all DAPs that have RockBox can do gapless too. Didn't they finish RockBox for the Cowon D2? And the Clip also has a (uncompiled) RockBox interface available?
(Have I missed any others?)
The Zune is only reliably gapless with wma. Unless you're a hardcore MS fan that you only use wma, it's just like the old Sony, only gapless capable with 1 codec.
Trekstor (not Rio) Vibez does support gapless, but can you actually find them for sale? It's not even that commonly sold online.
Rio Karma, gosh, that's an old timer. Its gapless capability is actually overhyped, mainly due to the fact that at that time, nobody else can do gapless playback except Sony Atrac. The Karma was great at its time, but its gapless capability is not as reliable as current iPods.
Yes, Rockbox is the best. Now think about it, if a bunch of people can create a free firmware on their spare time with full gapless capability, why can't big companies like Sony, Cowon, etc? Even Sony doesn't care anymore about gapless playback on their NWZ players (only gapless with wav).
The irony is, before iPods can do gapless, they were slammed left & right, and gapless playback was deemed as the holy grail of a DAP feature. Fast forward, now iPods do gapless, nobody cares about it anymore. I have yet to see anybody slamming Sony for not implementing gapless playback of lossy codecs on their NWZ players.