A free audio compression technology and software growing quickly in use. It’s open-source audio encoder and audio streaming system is an excellent alternative to MP3 both in terms of better sound quality and its nature as a patent-free software with no license restrictions. MP3 and other systems have a variety of restrictions (http://www.mp3licensing.com/royalty/index.html).
Table of contents 1 OGG is Best?
OGG is Best?
According to most tests, Ogg Vorbis is the Best Compressed Audio Format and for most applications/music types. It is under continual development and future versions are expected to continue to improve sound quality to file size ratio. Many other services have been criticized for producing a great format and then sitting on it (http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/codecs-104-5.htm).
However, OGG may not be the best choice in every circumstance. For instance, it is not very good at encoding low-bitrate audio (something its sister project Speex will address).
Ogg Vorbis can encode files at a wide variety of bitrates from sub-16kbps to 256kbps, and in stereo, mono, or 5.1 surround sound. This includes both Variable and Fixed Bitrate Compression for streaming.
What plays .OGG files?
- iTunes (requires plugin (http://qtcomponents.sourceforge.net/) drag-and-droped into the iTunes plugin folder)
- Windows Media Player (requires that a plugin (http://tobias.everwicked.com/oggds.htm) (or alternative plugin (http://www.illiminable.com/ogg/)) be installed)
- … and many more (http://www.vorbis.com/software.psp?pid=2)
Creating OGG files
Due to its ease, quality, and freedom from license issues, Ogg Vorbis is becoming one of the most common available audio encoding options.
- A OggVorbis file creation (http://www.angrycoffee.com/tutorials/vorbis/) HOWTO guide from AngryCoffee (http://www.angrycoffee.com/)
- This list is not exaustive
- The easy-to-use drag-and-drop front-end OggDropXP (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jfe1205/OggVorbis/) from developer John Edwards. User note: the Web site has very poor documentation on which file is the latest and greatest. As of this writing, the latest working, TD123 tested release is 1.7.10 (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jfe1205/OggVorbis/oggdropXPdV1.7.10GT3b2.zip).
- CDEX (http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/features.php) – an excellent, free, open-source CD Ripper for Windows.
- DBpowerAmp (http://www.litexmedia.com/audio-wizard/) – a multi-function music converter
- Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net)
- SoundForge (http://soundforge.com)
Also see Ripping CDs.
Who distributes OGG files?
There are a few ways to get hold of OGG Vorbis files as well as places dedicated to trade these files.
- Grab a lossless source (e.g. CD, WAV, AIFF, FLAC) and encode this to OGG Vorbis.
- Search the Internet (e.g. the Usenet group alt.binaries.sounds.ogg).
- Visit the ‘OGG Vorbis’ or ‘OGG’ chatrooms on P2P networks.
Hardware OGG players?
Some MP3 players are known to play OGG Vorbis by default. Others need a firmware update. The majority just doesn’t play OGG Vorbis at this time of writing. Here are a list of players supporting OGG Vorbis files:
This list is not exhaustive.
- iRiver – H320, H340, IHP 120, IHP 140. PMP120, IFP 790, IFP 795, IFP 799.
- MPIO – HD200, FG100.
- IOPS – MFP 325, MFP 350.
- JOS – MP130.
- VICTORY – Musicbox.
- SAMSUNG – YP-T5V. YP60V.
Note: do not convert OGG vorbis to MP3, WMA or visa versa. The conversion process is lossy and each conversion degrades quality. Converting an OGG Vorbis file to a MPEG 1 Layer 3 (MP3) file or vice versa always means a loss of quality and is discouraged. You must chose when the file is first taken from its original source and not after.
Vorbis targets general-purpose compression for mid to high quality, (8kHz-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) of audio and music at fixed and variable bitrates from 16 to 128 kbps/channel. Sound quality is considered to be superior to MPEG-1/2 audio layer 3 (MP3) at all bitrates. Vorbis competes with latest WMA, MP3Pro and with MPEG-4 audio (AAC).
- Slashdot: Ogg Vorbis: the alternative to MP3 (http://slashdot.org/features/00/08/14/1034209.shtml)
- Another Ogg Vorbis Compression Intro (http://grahammitchell.net/writings/vorbis-intro.html)
- Why artists should be using Ogg Vorbis (http://mondodesigno.com/music/ogg.html)
- Slashdot: Ogg gets its own RFC (http://slashdot.org/articles/03/05/16/1730241.shtml)
- BladeEnc (http://bladeenc.mp3.no/), one of the most popular MP3 encoders, openly encourages users to switch to Ogg Vorbis on the front page of his site.
- A quicktime decoder (http://www.illadvised.com/~jordy/QTOggVorbis.dmg) that will also make iTunes compatible with Ogg Vorbis.
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