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BW: Beta Version of Vorbis Released

Jun 21, 2000, 00:43 (10 Talkback[s])

"Project Vorbis, spearheaded by developers from iCAST, an online entertainment and majority-owned operating company of CMGI, today announced the Beta release of Vorbis, a high-quality open source audio compression/decompression format (codec) that is expected to provide a royalty free alternative to MP3 and other audio compression formats. Several leaders in the digital audio player market have already announced support for Vorbis, including EMusic, Sonique, Napster, Etrantrum, Panic and XMMS."

"Similar to the popular MP3 codec, Vorbis is designed to allow any person or organization to freely encode audio content and make it available in a downloadable format. Individuals or organizations using Vorbis will be able to develop and market their own Vorbis-based audio players and encoders, without having to pay costly fees for the Vorbis technology."

"Leading the development of Vorbis are iCAST Vice President of technology Jack Moffitt, iCAST Senior Applications Developer Chris Montgomery and an open source team that includes the creators of the Icecast streaming media server, cdparanoia."

"Early listening tests of Vorbis show that it provides excellent sound quality that is comparable, if not superior, to competing formats, and we haven't even reached our first release," said Moffitt. "This is a breakthrough development for companies that are seeking an alternative to the stringent patent protection and royalty fees enforced by the patent holders of the popular MP3 file format."

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