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Don't bother - right now
Authored by: nick2588 on Mar 24, '03 08:54:59PM
I know that OGG is a much better format and that it is an open/free format, but why bother?

No hardware support. iPods don't support OGG and they probably won't. Apple's format is AAC (and yes that IS going to be implimented into iPods, in the near future too - like spring/summer 2003), but let's just think for a minute. WHY would apple want to spend time and money developing OGG support for the iPod??? They wouldn't.

No software support. No common media players support OGG without third-party plugins, which totally defeats the purpose of convinence. Other software does not or cannot even have third-party plugins. I can take an MP3 to almost any computer and it will be able to play. Can I do that with OGG? NOPE!


So, basically what I'm saying is that I LIKE the OGG format, and I aggree that it is very superior to MP3, but don't bother with it right now! WHEN and only when OGG gets popular - by that I mean it is adopted by all major software and hardware - then you can worry about it and then you can convert your song libraries. But you are all jumping the gun.

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Don't bother - right now
Authored by: carsten on Mar 25, '03 08:06:40PM

ogg files seem to be very popular on Linux so this is a nice hint.

I agree with nick2588: don't bother converting your music to ogg format.

In my opinion, the mp4 Dolby AAC format provided by Quicktime 6 provides smaller files at the same quality or better of either mp3 or ogg.

Although currently only Quicktime player can play mp4 files, rumours have it that the iPod and upcoming iTunes update will be able to play them.



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Re: Don't bother - right now
Authored by: gancho on Apr 11, '03 07:56:52AM

How is Ogg Vorbis going to get popular if no one uses it?



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Re: Don't bother - right now
Authored by: spiritquest on Aug 14, '03 12:58:12PM
Its beginning to take off - a hardware mp3 player that has an upgradable firmware. An ogg firmware release is available, and will soon be commercially viable to include as a multi format player .. other manufacturers should do the same too. neurosaudio

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Take off your blinders.
Authored by: edwardacarter on Jul 06, '04 04:37:31PM

Popular software players on other operating systems have supported Ogg Vorbis for a while.

Any version of Winamp released in the last several years has supported Ogg Vorbis by default. Windows Media Player still doesn't support it, perhaps, but that program sucks next to Winamp and no one uses it.

Recent versions of Red Hat Linux (whether it be Fedora or Enterprise Linux) have supported ONLY Ogg Vorbis by default, not mp3, due to patent issues with mp3.

I had two DVD-R's filled with Ogg Vorbis files I ripped myself that I'd use on Linux and Windows, and I got a new 12" PowerBook G4 in the mail on Wednesday (first Mac I've used since System 7.0.1 days), so this plugin has been quite useful for me.

The hardware support for Ogg has been lacking thus far because Ogg decoding is particularly floating-point heavy, I think. But maybe Apple will fix that problem with the next incarnation of iPod.



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