Originally Posted by beyondwind
If you've read my mod guide thick back is preferred because high battery capacities.
RAM is not a concern for Rockbox, plus that 60GB model have 64MB of ram, which is the maximum you can have.
I skimmed over the mod guide. I wasn't aware of the differences in the battery capacities for the 30GB & 60GB, though it makes perfect sense I'd have more. Having not seen the internals of either one myself, are you then saying that the 60GB thick back is necessary to fit that model's battery with the SSD inside? Since I have a slimmer 30GB back available for it, I'd like to use it if possible.
Like the other poster above, I'd prefer not to use Rockbox. Not opposed to trying it out at some point, but I imagine I'll still use this in my car more than anything to have all my music with me, and I'd like to not have to worry about which of my current/legacy accessories will work with Rockbox. I'm just primarily trying to get a little more storage, a bump in performance loading between songs, and the peace of mind of flash storage over the spinning hard drive. The entirety of my music collection is just under 9,000 tracks, a total of 46GB of space. So I'd only plan on putting 120GB or so in it for the time being to leave room for adding more songs later. With that number of tracks in mind, and knowing that I have 64MB of RAM, will I still have major issues with the cold start into the stock firmware?
Lastly, in the guide you state that the stock firmware will have a shorter battery life because of the draw from the Crucial SSD, and that USB charging will not supply much current for the SSD. Will this be a common issue for most SSD's, Crucial or otherwise? If the primary use for this iPod will be in my car where it will be plugged into a USB charger or head unit with iPod playback capabilities, do you think it will actually drain the battery with the stock firmware installed beyond where it would be practical to use it?
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions.