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Wired: The Open Source of MP3s

Jul 17, 2000, 11:16 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad King)

"The Ogg project started the way lots of open source projects get started -- someone wanted to try to improve technology."

"When Chris Montgomery was at MIT, he was trying to create a better compression technology for delivering media content over the Internet. There were already technologies out there that could deliver that media, but Montgomery wanted to do it better. The first part of his project, Vorbis, was an open source alternative to the popular music codec MP3."

"Vorbis is going to continue what MP3 was all about, which is opening things up for everybody," Montgomery said. "Getting your music out in the world now is going to be absolutely free. It has to be open from both sides, it can't just be the free distribution, the technology itself has to be free or it will never realize what the whole MP3 movement is about."

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