buzzbuzz wrote:I ended up receiving a (Red) Fuze v2 last time. It can't be Rockbox'ed. Most people seemed to have received v1.
My other Fuze v1 was Rockbox'ed, and it was very stable and sounded great.
It's a bit of a lottery. I got two red 4GB Fuzes here -- both V1 -- and one silver 8GB, a V2. Ya pays yer money and takes yer chances.
The good thing about the Fuze is that unlike the e200 series. the video player software built in to the native firmware IS usable (the e200 player does not do bookmarking or allow you to easily find your place again if you pause and do something else with the player).
And while the official conversion program (the vile Sansa Media Converter) is ugly and worthless as ever, there is now a third party free/open source application, "video4fuze" that works GREAT.
So, even though you cannot put Rockbox on a V2 Fuze, you CAN use video on it without any major headaches.
Also, recent firmware drops for the Fuze enable a fairly decent implementation of folder browsing. It's not perfect, it's not Rockbox, but, it DOES let you navigate to audio files on the player OR the SD card (tagged or untagged) via browsing the folders.
One caveat -- the most recent firmware is somewhat problematic. First thing people hate about it is the spammage -- they are pushing HARD for people to use ("use" = "buy") their "slot radio" crappage, which for some odd reason no one seems to want to buy (go figure, eh?) -- so, to encourage people to hate it even MORE, they put a big red icon into the main menu FOR the slot-stuff.
Someone found a workaround, though -- when you first configure your player, when it asks where you are located, pick some location OTHER than the USA, and it will NOT show you that stupid big red icon. Then, tell it that you DO want to use USA-settings for the FM radio, and you'll be all set.
The other caveat is that there are some nontrivial bugs in the firmware that mainly afflict the V2 players. They are SO noxious that the company finally conceded, and provides directions for people to roll back to the previous version firmware for their V2 players.
All in all, in my opinion the Fuze is the BEST device that company has ever released. It is compact, has a nice form factor, easy to use, does decent video, better than decent audio, does NOT require you to use proprietary/DRM nonsense for audiobooks (it DOES let you use standard audio files for audiobooks and podcasts, it DOES handle them properly (separate from music, so they don't drop into music shuffles), does bookmarking for them, etc., and, it lets you easily navigate to audio files via the directory/folder tree.
It'd be niceer if you could tree-nav to video files too, like Rockbox, but, it's good enough, especially at this price. (Lots of people have paid a LOT more for this item, and considered it a bargain even at those prices.)
I have NOT installed Rockbox on my V1 Fuzes (OR my V1 Clips OR my V2 e200 players) because it is still in "unstable" pre-release form, and I DON'T want to risk bricking my players.
The e200 V2 series CAN be unbricked if you are willing to go to herculean lengths (short out two solder pads while saying the magic incantation), but the Fuze, once bricked, is forever bricked. (I suspect there is SOME way to unbrick it, but if so, it's NOT known by any mere mortals, and there is no assurance that this situation will change in the forseeable future).
So, I'll hold off on Rockboxing these players until the software reaches release status. At the current rate of progress I expect this to happen any time now.
Unfortunately, from what I've read on the Rockbox site, there is no serious hope of ever seeing an implementation for the V2 Fuze (or V2 Clip), but, given the decent usability of the Fuze's standard firmware, this is NOT all that much of an issue (as compared to the e200 situation).
So, in short. if you need a decent little player, I don't think you can go wrong with this sale. I'd suggest buying am couple of years of SquareTrade coverage for it, but that's just me. (If you do decide to do so, do a web search for coupons, there are usually 20 to 30 percent off SquareTrade deals being offered.)