XPloRR RockBox Theme

Give your old iPod a modern skin with tons of extra functions.


Use this RockBox theme to give your old iPod Classic or iPod Video a modern make-over. RockBox is an open source firmware replacement for a growing number of digital audio players. It runs on a wide range of players like:

  • Apple: iPod 1g through 5.5g, iPod Mini, iPod Nano 1g, iPod Classic(Beta), iPod Video(Beta)
  • Archos: Jukebox 5000, 6000, Studio, Recorder, FM Recorder, Recorder V2 and Ondio
  • Cowon: iAudio X5, X5V, X5L, M5, M5L, M3 and M3L
  • iriver: iHP100 series, H100 series, H300 series and H10 series
  • MPIO: HD300
  • Packard Bell: Vibe 500
  • SanDisk: Sansa c200, e200 and e200R series, Fuze, Clip, Clip+ and Clip Zip
  • Toshiba: Gigabeat X and F series
Rockbox aims to be considerably more functional and efficient than your device’s stock firmware while remaining easy to use and customisable. Rockbox is written by users, for users. Not only is it free to use, it is also released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), which means that it will always remain free both to use and to change. Rockbox has been in development since 2001, and receives new features, tweaks and fixes each day to provide you with the best possible experience on your digital audio player. A major goal of Rockbox is to be simple and easy to use, yet remain very customisable and configurable. Another top priority of Rockbox is audio playback quality. Rockbox, for most models, includes a wider range of sound settings than the device’s original firmware. A lot of work has been put into making Rockbox sound the best it can, and improvements are constantly being made. All models have access to a large number of plugins, including many games, applications, and graphical "demos". You can load different configurations quickly for different purposes (e.g. a large font for in your car, different sound settings for at home). Rockbox features a very wide range of languages, and all supported models also have the ability to talk to you, menus can be voiced and filenames spelled out or spoken.

Download and Installation

XPloRR RockBox Theme is freeware and can be downloaded here. Before you can use this theme, you should first install RockBox and Emcore on your iPod (note: your iPod will be completely reformatted). The instructions can be found here. After you installed RockBox you can always reformat your iPod back for use with iTunes.

After you have installed RockBox you can install the XPloRR RockBox theme by just copying the files over to your iPod harddisk under .rockbox. This theme uses 2 fonts not installed in the standard build of RockBox: 10-Nimbus.fnt and 12-Nimbus.fnt. Please install the RockBox fontpack 3.13 or higher. You just install the fonts by copying them to the fonts directory .rockbox\fonts\ on your iPod. Now you can select the XPloRR theme from within RockBox. This theme has a custom LED VU Meter, not found on other themes. It is coded for the standard build of RockBox 3.13 or higher (may also work with lower versions).


This theme is distributed as freeware. If you keep using this theme, send me an appreciation or feedback e-mail for my programming effort and sharing this theme for free.
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This theme and the accompanying files are supplied "as is", without any express or implied warranty. In no event shall the author be liable for any damages whatsoever including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, loss of business profits or special damages from the use of this theme. By using this theme you agree with these conditions.

Copyright © 2013 by Johan Van Barel. All Rights Reserved