Originally Posted by Argyris
Okay, I've had enough. I've Rockboxed it. I thought I'd figured out the issue. There were some files on there that were encoded using VBR AAC which would get skipped in shuffle mode. I took those off, so the only thing on there were non-DRM AAC and MP3 files. Nope, still froze up. I sped up the process by just skipping forward with shuffle on. It did it every single time, within ten songs or so.
I might end up inheriting this, too, because my mother isn't going to want to battle with the Rockbox interface. Plus, it's the unstable branch for the Zip, and the player already failed to be recognized as a USB device once and ended up with an error on screen until a hard reset, after which it booted up again and was correctly identified. Hopefully it'll actually be able to play music. It's (slowly) getting put back on the device right now. I'll find out in about ten minutes. At least it should play those VBR AAC files all right, since my Rockboxed iPod has no trouble with them.
Yeah, Sansa claimed compatibility with non-DRM AAC, but it's decidedly sketchy in that regard. Everything I've put on the rockboxed Zip plays fine.....FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, VBR AAC, AAC that I demuxed from YouTube videos, WMA....you get the idea....lol. I've had RB on the Zip for over a year now, and it's pretty stable now, compared to the early ports in November of 2011.
Basically, now that I have the 80GB 5.5G Video and 32GB CF-mod Mini 2G (both with Rockbox) the Zips mostly are used on-the-go...they're cheap to replace if something was to happen, you know?
I hear you on your mother and the RB interface...I know my mother would be lost with it. Maybe get your mom a Nano? It would be easier to use, of course it is three times the price of a Zip....lol.