Ogg Vorbis: An open-source rival for MP3

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Techreview.com has an intresting article on Ogg Vorbis. This open source technology to encode audio should be almost the same quality as the new introduced MP3 Pro technology but as said, it’s open…

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The only drawback that i see to the ogg codec is that MP3 is already in the mainstream. You can buy hardware that will work with MP3 but not Ogg. Also Nero doesn’t support it or many of my audio editing apps. MP3 pro is out and is supposed to be frontwards and backwards compatible with all existing hardware and software. I would like to see Ogg succeed, but with the popularity of MP3 it will be tough. Maybe with the right marketing to developers it will have a chance because it is free to use commercially and non-commercially. Microsoft seems to be dumping MP3 because they donot want to pay royalties for MP3. I will test out Ogg and give my opinion on the sound later.

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Ok I used a wav file to compress a song with both MP3 and OGG. I used both 128k and 192k bitrates. When comparing the songs between MP3 and OGG the file sizes or each bitrate were very close. The sound of the files were different though. The OGG encoded songs seemed to have a “brighter” sound to them, even the 128k OGG versus 192K MP3. Also when I compared the songs to the original wav file that I had used, the OGG encoded songs more closely resembled the original wav at both 128k and 192k. The MP3 encoded songs seemed to muffle the high end and be more bassy.