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Steven’s first entry of The Catch-22 of Open Format Adoption is on music formats and he does a great job of explaining how I feel about OGG format audio as well.

It’s a great format, but it’s a pain in the neck to support a format most people can’t play or use.

It would be nice if this MP3 license fee business would become public knowledge so everyone would understand how much nicer it would be if we used an open format. But that seems to be a ways off.

Posted on - June 6, 2005 [at] 1:09 pm by Brad
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Ted on The Case Against OGG
June 6, 2005 at 3:00 pm

It would be nice if you could offer ogg downloads of some things though, as it’s a pain in the ass to play in most Linux distributions without jumping through hoops.

1000k on The Case Against OGG
June 14, 2005 at 9:00 am

MP3s are just as easy to play as OGGs on Linux, there’s almost nothing to do : libvorbis, libmpeg-3, if they’re not already on your harddisk after the installation…

About OGG Vorbis, it’s a format I support not only because it’s open. Here are some facts about it :
– Technically superior to MP3 and MP3 Pro
– Good digital jukeboxes are able to play OGG music ;-), they’re pretty numerous although not the majority :-(
– All computers can play OGG, and some car radios too

The main problem is that MP3 is much more widely used and “unviversal”. For interoperability we need some kind of a “standard” format.
And it’s a vicious circle : OGGs are less used, so the codec isn’t implemented in digital jukeboxes or similar stuff, so we use MP3s because we can’t play OGGs, so OGGs are less used…

Happily, year after year we can find more and more OGG files… Maybe one day it will be THE audio format. But I fear it will exist at that moment a better format that we will have to fight for its integration ;-)

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