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CNET News.com: Open-source challenge to the musical status quo

Jul 19, 2001, 06:07 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

[ Thanks to Tomas Marek for this link. ]

"MP3, Microsoft and Real are battling to become the format of choice. Is Vorbis in direct competition with these?

MP3 is no longer really battling; it's no longer being actively developed as a technology, although it's still being added to new products and will be for some time. MP3 is beginning a long road of eroding market share. RealAudio and (Microsoft's) WMA are the real corporate titans in this battle, and you might as well throw in MP3 Pro as well.

It's silly to say that Vorbis is not in direct competition. Anyone using Vorbis now would be using MP3, WMA or Real if Vorbis did not exist. On the other hand, we're not pushing Vorbis as a commercial product or a handcuff to tie a user to another product. We're competing for the sake of good music and good technology, not just as a means toward a bottom line. It's a difficult position to compete against--good technology for free."

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