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Binary Freedom: Ogg Vorbis - The Successor to MP3?

Jan 21, 2001, 19:12 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrea Glorioso)

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"Nowadays, music on the net is readily associated with the extension .mp3. Not everyone knows what that ".mp3'' stands for, and, much more important, that .mp3 files do not come without a cost- even if nobody asked you for money for them yet, this doesn't mean it won't happen in the future. But "the times they are a changing'', thanks to the Ogg project and to Ogg Vorbis, and we talk about this with Monty, one of the core developers behind the project."

"How strong do you feel was the community reaction to the OggVorbis project? Are you currently experiencing a considerable amount of participation to the project, either in terms of beta testings, help with documentation, web design, or code?"

"Monty: Community reaction has been strong both in the developer/user community, admittedly predominantly the open source side of this community, and especially in the online music industry itself. The industry reaction isn't surprising; we stand to save almost every company money at the same time we level the playing field with a standard, freely usable technology. Any company that isn't trying to throw their own proprietary format into the mix is happy to see this."

"What were your foremost technical objectives when you started designing the OggVorbis codec format? Do you feel like you are fulfilling them?"

"Monty: I wanted to improve on what was currently out there, and that target has moved alot since 1993. We clearly better mp3, and we're in the big leagues with the best proprietary formats the Big Players can muster, and we wanted to keep it all opened up. I'm personally sick of intellectual property, patents especially, being used as nothing more than dirty corporate weaponry (artist and consumer be damned)."

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