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    OT: Ogg?

    Isn't that Norsk for egg?

    I have downloaded a music sample file from wikipedia and it is a .ogg file. Anyone know of a player for this type for Mac OSX, one that just plays it without a store or having to sign up for anything?

    David

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    Re: OT: Ogg?

    VLC is a very popular cross-platform, free media player which plays virtually any kind of audio or video file that exists.

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    the .ogg format is fairly new (at least to my awareness). Supposedly it's better compression (smaller files, better sound) than an mp3 file. And th format is open source, which means developers can write software to encode/decode/play/etc. ogg files with no licensing whatsoever. MP3's are licensed more tightly -- you may have noticed that a lot of music software charges extra for mp3 burning / ripping / encoding features -- this is because they have to pay for a license to use the mp3 format.

    Anyway, a lot of grassroots freedom-of-information efforts are out there trying to bring ogg to the forefront and dethrone the mp3 as the dominant format. I don't know enough about it to go into more detail, but it seems like a good cause and worth supporting.

    chris.

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    Re: OT: Ogg?

    Thanks Chris, I'll check it out and get that player. I agree it sounds like a good cause, anytime some monoply holds all the cards, which is the opposite of free enterprise, imo, time for them to be crushed for being evil and greedy.


    Hope that doesn't rile anyone, joking mostly, because i have no idea how mp3 became the dominating format.

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    Re: OT: Ogg?

    Actually, the correct name is Ogg Vorbis. Ogg is what is called a container
    format and can contain data other than audio. For example, Ogg Theoria is
    a video compression format. Ogg Vorbis is an audio compression format.

    You can find more info here: http://vorbis.com/

    It's a great open-source alternative to mp3 (and AAC), which as CallMeZoot
    points out are strictly licensed.
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    Sounds great, very good quality sound. Thanks again!

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    Re: OT: Ogg?

    Quote Originally Posted by klassical
    Actually, the correct name is Ogg Vorbis. Ogg is what is called a container
    format and can contain data other than audio. For example, Ogg Theoria is
    a video compression format. Ogg Vorbis is an audio compression format.

    You can find more info here: http://vorbis.com/

    It's a great open-source alternative to mp3 (and AAC), which as CallMeZoot
    points out are strictly licensed.
    Thanks for that info, klassical, learn something new everyday.

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