hi Head-Fi'ers. i've thoroughly combed through this awesome thread and assembled my part list (Crucial 240gb mSATA SSD + mSATA > 40-pin ZIF adapter) when i realized that the iPod Video 30gb i was aiming to upgrade is actually the 5G—not the 5.5G w/64MB RAM... so now i'm concerned that it won't work well with only 32MB RAM and maybe it would be safer/better just to use the parts to upgrade my 160gb late 2009 iPod Classic (has Genius Mix feature). wondering what the experts here think...
i'm still re-ripping a number of CDs to lossless and presently have ~10k songs consuming ~110GB disk space. my music collection seems much smaller than many here; i'd estimate my total # of tracks will double—at most—when i'm done. (but i'm always buying more music, of course.) i'm a heavy iTunes user, and prefer sticking w/stock iPod firmware (no Rockbox). when i'm home/in office i listen thru Grado SR80i over-ears using AirPlay via gigabit Ethernet to Airport Express connected via optical to a Yamaha receiver.
this upgraded iPod will be 100% for on-the-go listening via 1) Shure SE425 IEMs and 2) connected via 30-pin to OEM Toyota Nav/"JBL Premium" stereo. any performance improvements (reduced latency) when connected to car stereo = major bonus. (as is, stock 160GB Classic is pretty laggy; problem is equally Toyota's janky interface, i'm sure.)
i understand the Wolfson DAC in the iPod 5G is widely preferred to the one in the Classic, but that the amp in the Classic is a bit more powerful for listening purely via line-out. if the consensus is that the 240GB SSD upgrade should be fine for my use in my iPod 5G, i don't mind also grabbing a FiiO E6 if it gives me the "one iPod to rule them all".
thanks for everyone's work creating this incredible resource, and thanks in advance for any opinions you may offer.
1. Right now mSATA will not work with iPOD classic, either stock firmware or rockbox, which I believe is limited by the hardware.
2. 32MB is not an issue with rockbox, because rockbox use most of the memory as audio buffer. 32MB will be an issue for stock firmware, more or less it will limit the number of tracks that can be loaded.
3. 10K songs will work on the stock firmware, but with stock firmware it will be booting very slow, took a few minutes. Rockbox does not have the issue.
4. mSTAT mod does not work well with stock firmware on iPOD 5G, that's why a patched rockbox firmware is created for the MOD. With rockbox installed, you can still use iTUNE to sync music to mSATA moded iPOD in disk mode
Hope this helps, and I personally prefer the "one iPod to rule them all" idea. Plus that the SSD mod will make the iPOD much more reliable than the standard HDD, so it will be truly portable.