Ogg Vorbis 1.3.4

Updated: 5 Jul 2014

Ogg Vorbis is a high-quality lossy audio codec which is free of intellectual property restrictions (like those surrounding MP3).
These are the tools that you need to create and play Ogg Vorbis files on the commandline, as well as a simple commentor.

- Ogg: it is the name of Xiph.org's container format for audio, video, and metadata.

- Vorbis: it is the name of a specific audio compression scheme that's designed to be contained in Ogg. Note that other formats are capable of being embedded in Ogg such as FLAC and Speex.

As graphical interface you can use oggdropXPd, LameXP, WinVorbis or foobar2000 with the CLIenc plugin installed.

Why do i need Ogg Vorbis?

• I'm an artist. Why should I be interested?
There are a couple of reasons:
-- Vorbis files can compress to a smaller file size and still sound fine; Vorbis' better compression will cut down on bandwidth costs and keep you from being a victim of your own popularity.
-- Vorbis' standardized, easily-edited comment header provides a space for you to scribble all sorts of notes about yourself to distribute with the music; this helps fans find you, your site, and where to buy your stuff.
-- If you decide to sell your music in MP3 format, you are responsible for paying Fraunhofer a percentage of each sale because you are using their patents. Vorbis is patent and license-free, so you will never need to pay anyone in order to sell, give away, or stream your own music.
• I'm a music fan. Why should I be interested?
Because Vorbis provides a high-quality format for you to listen to your music.
-- For a given file size, Vorbis sounds better than MP3. This means:
- You can keep your music collection at about the same quality level, but it'll take up less space
- or you can have your music collection take up about the same amount of space, but have it sound better.
-- Vorbis already enjoys widespread player support and work is underway to play Vorbis files on portable hardware.
• I'm a developer. Why should I be interested?
Epic Games (the makers of Unreal Tournament, et. al.) have used Vorbis in their games ever since releasing Unreal Tournament 2003 to compress game music without having per-game license fees sap profits from every game sold. Vorbis saves developers money by avoiding patent-license fees. Epic isn't alone; other Vorbis users include: Crystal Dynamics (Soul Reaver 2, Blood Omen 2), Croteam (Serious Sam: The Second Encounter), Pyrogon (Candy Cruncher), PopCap Games (Alchemy), EA Games (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
• I run a music label. Why should I be interested?
Vorbis' free encoders and high quality-to-filesize ratio can minimize bandwidth costs and eliminate compression licensing costs.
Think of a grocery store that provides free samples; your customers are more likely to buy your product if it's well-presented. You can then show your potential customers what your bands really sound like with Ogg Vorbis.


- Audio Codec Tag 674F may be requested when Ogg Vorbis is missing.
- Audio Codec Tag 26447 may be requested when Ogg Vorbis is missing.

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