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Authored by: aukestrel on Feb 22, '03 10:26:16AM

This is my experience with Ogg Vorbis and iTunes:

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.

So I went on to the next step. I used Ogg Drop X to rip a CD. I used quality 5. It took longer than iTunes takes to rip .mp3s but it did not take the half hour that I have read some people complaining about in forums. It took my machine 14 minutes. I then associated all the .ogg files with iTunes, double clicked on them and opened them in iTunes and did some sound checks and comparisons. As I said, I did notice a difference in sound quality. The .ogg files sounded fuller and louder than the 128bit .mp3s and the file sizes were roughly the same (a 4.1 mb file at 128bit quality was 4.6 mb at quality 5).

The last step was to try to burn an audio CD with iTunes. It took a lot longer to burn than the .mp3 conversion takes with iTunes - that usually takes about 9:20 minutes and this took about 16 minutes. The CD burned successfully, however, and plays back in iTunes without a problem. The sound quality is excellent, much better than an identical CD burned with the 128 bit songs. My husband is currently testing the .ogg - .aiff CD in a standalone player... okay he has just reported back. It plays fine in our standalone Sony CD player downstairs. I can supply the model number but it's at least three years old. He says it sounded fine.

Next step: on the trail of encoding .ogg files from iTunes. *g*



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