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