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Linux.com: Ogg Vorbis: The Future of Digital Music

Jul 04, 2001, 16:00 (26 Talkback[s])
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Could Ogg Vorbis be the most important Open Source project ever? Yes, according the folks at linux.com.

"Ogg Vorbis is an attempt to build a high quality truly open source media layer for the Internet. It's an ambitious project, and unusual as the results will directly benefit not just developers (like, say game developers and multimedia programmers) but end-users as well: People who enjoy music will not have to worry about "stealing". Content creators, in turn, will benefit from an Ogg Vorbis world. Musicians will not have to pay royalties to distribute their music in compressed format, or be locked into proprietary schemes like those from Microsoft. Many more people will enjoy their music, since it will interoperate with everything. The OGG project could well become the most important application of open source software there has ever been...."

"According to the Xiph.org web site Ogg is the name for an even more ambitious multimedia framework that will eventually include other codecs, like Tarkin (for video) and Squish (for lossless audio). Vorbis, on the other hand, is the name for the single compression codec used for digital sound and music."

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