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Install the Ogg Vorbis plug-in for iTunes Apps
I'm sure some users out there already know this, but Ogg Vorbis really needs to reach more people. Ogg Vorbis is an audio compression format that rivals MP3 even with the alt-presets. With vorbis, you can store files with higher quality at smaller file sizes.

Anyway, a QuickTime Components project has been started at Sourceforge, focusing on QT development of popular open source audio and video components. Their first project integrates Ogg Vorbis encoding and decoding into QuickTime (with a plugin a la divx or 3ivx). This is great news because conversion to/from ogg vorbis is done simply through qt player's 'export' function and ogg vorbis files will now play in iTunes! The files must be renamed from .ogg to .mov though.

The downloaded .qtx file goes into the /Library/Quicktime/ directory (like DivX); it is an import/export and playback plugin for Quicktime Player. Just open up a sound/music file in QT Player, choose export, then select Ogg Vorbis in the formats menu. The only option in this process is the quality slider. Even though the plugin is in the early stages of development and contains a bug or two, overall performance (including encoding and playback) is quite excellent; Vorbis is truly the MP3 killer.
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how to export?
Authored by: klez23 on Apr 25, '02 12:27:25AM

do i need quicktime pro to export files from quicktime player? i see no such menu item in my player when i have an aiff file open.

peter



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Use with iTunes??
Authored by: professor on Apr 25, '02 12:38:16AM

This is a QuickTime component (which will allow you to play/export Ogg Vorbis files in QuickTime Player).

I may be missing something, but I don't see that it adds Ogg Vorbis support to iTunes (which would be incredibly useful).



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And my iPod...
Authored by: gwyd on Apr 25, '02 01:40:23AM

Any chance these songs would play on an iPod?



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qtvorbis
Authored by: c15zyx on Apr 25, '02 06:21:14AM

klez: yes, you need quicktime pro

professor: I'm pretty sure this plugin allows vorbis support for ALL QuickTime-based apps. They work in iTunes, only you have to rename them to .mov

gwyd: No, but who knows? Maybe Apple will support vorbis in the future.



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correction
Authored by: c15zyx on Apr 25, '02 06:28:07AM

professor: iTunes supports playback of vorbis files, however its importer/encoder is still hardcoded to only export to mp3, wav, and aiff. So, no exporting to vorbis from iTunes... yet.



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MP3 Killer?
Authored by: swgs on Apr 25, '02 08:55:38AM

Ummmm, maybe it's just me, but what if we dont want an MP3 killer? I have so many files in MP3 right now, i dont want to have to find them again, or rip them again. Give me a utility that converts from MP3 to Ogg Vorbis, and i'll consider it, that and if my iPod supports it.

This was always my biggest fear 4 years ago when i started building my MP3 collection, that i would have a collection of thousands of songs, and then all of a sudden, the computer world would decide MP3 wasnt good enough.



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Nothing killed
Authored by: sjonke on Apr 25, '02 10:37:17AM
There is no harm in having both. Keep what you have in MP3 and you can encode new stuff in Ogg Vorbis or whatever. Having said that, I have not yet been impressed with Ogg Vorbis. I have not tried this version, but past versions had sound quality that to me not only didn't seem any better, it actually seemed worse. On top of that, encoding and playback was much more processor intensive than MP3. Worse sound and more processor intensive. Hmm.... I'll give it another shot, though - maybe my past experience was a fluke.

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Nothing killed
Authored by: sjonke on Apr 25, '02 10:39:46AM
There is no harm in having both. Keep what you have in MP3 and you can encode new stuff in Ogg Vorbis or whatever. Having said that, I have not yet been impressed with Ogg Vorbis. I have not tried this version, but past versions had sound quality that to me not only didn't seem any better, it actually seemed worse. On top of that, encoding and playback was much more processor intensive than MP3. Worse sound and more processor intensive. Hmm.... I'll give it another shot, though - maybe my past experience was a fluke.

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Where does the .mov requirement come from?
Authored by: a1291762 on Apr 25, '02 06:31:55PM

Where does the requirement of having .mov on the filename come from?

It may be possible to edit iTunes.app/info-macos.plist (or whatever it's called) and add "ogg" as an allowable extension. You could do this for Quicktime too.

Deleting Preferences/LS* (OS X Desktop DB files. Should be 3 of them) and relaunching the Finder will refresh the info.

This will at least make the Finder aware that .ogg can be played by QuickTime or iTunes (or whatever app you do this to). It will also allow apps like Zing! to recognize the association. I don't know if it lets you play .ogg files in Quicktime without adding .mov first though.

Just an idea...



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re: .mov requirement
Authored by: c15zyx on Apr 25, '02 07:30:21PM

The .mov is only required for ITUNES to recognize .ogg files. QuickTime player and others based on quicktime are able to recognize .ogg files (you can double click on an .ogg file and it will open properly in qtplayer), it's part of the known file types (too bad there's no icon though). However, iTunes doesn't query the qt database properly, from what I've heard. That's why you must add a familiar .mov extension to put the file in the playlist, then when you hit play the QuickTime ogg decoder kicks in and the ogg plays.



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.Mov is not required
Authored by: SJT on Feb 06, '03 09:46:53AM

If you have the ogg vorbis quicktime component the iTunes will play .ogg files fine.
The only difference is that you won't get an icon and the file is not associated with iTunes (it's just considered a document).
Dragging .ogg files onto iTunes adds them to the library and they play just fine.



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.Mov is not required
Authored by: aukestrel on Feb 22, '03 10:28:25AM

I found a downloadable Quicktime plug in here: http://qtcomponents.sourceforge.net/

The plug in I used was 1.0d6, found here: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=41359

I'm going to go into some detail here because there was a lot of conflicting information (not to say just wrong) out there. This is what worked for me, running Jaguar 1.2.4 on a 1GhZ Titanium Powerbook (SuperDrive) with Quicktime 6.0.1 and iTunes 3.0.1(66).

I unzipped the downloaded file. I renamed it from OggVorbis.component, which is how it unzipped, to OggVorbis.qtx. I installed it in
/Library/Quicktime. This is the Library that is a subdirectory of the main computer, NOT the Library in my User directory.

I launched QT and imported an .ogg file, which ran fine. I closed QT and opened iTunes, and then right-clicked on the .ogg file on my desktop and told it to Open With iTunes. It played just fine, with one caveat: I was also using iChat and the .ogg file playing was definitely more aware of the other processes running and skipped from time to time, mostly when I was receiving an IM. However, when I closed out of everything to check the actual quality of the sound file, it was fine and ran with no skips. I attribute this to the fact that iTunes doesn't have native support but is (for some reason unknown to me) using the QT plug in to convert and play the .ogg files.



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.Mov is not required
Authored by: gizmatron on Dec 31, '04 07:55:05AM

i installed the quicktime ogg just as above and the ogg files now play in quicktime fine whether they are left as .ogg or renamed to .mov but i cant get i tunes to recognize either file type..i tried import from the i-tunes file menu as well as "open with " from the right click on the ogg file and neither seems to work...there is no error message but neither does the file appear in i-tunes..i am fine with a new file format but if i cant get it to play in i-tunes its not much use..help please



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Install the Ogg Vorbis plug-in for iTunes
Authored by: niceemliy on Dec 20, '10 01:44:31AM

Thanks for sharing, now i can play ogg in my itunes10



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