A question for anybody who has an answer - Journal of Omnifarious
Mar. 28th, 2006
08:56 am - A question for anybody who has an answer
Does anybody know why iTunes does not support Ogg right out of the box? What earthly reason does Apple have for not just bundling it? It's not like it'd be at all hard or expensive.
All of my music is in ogg because it is a patent free format, and a better format than mp3 (and on par with AAC). But half the world seems to use iTunes now.
Lastly, if an iPod can play video, it should have enough juice to decode an ogg file. There are ogg decoders out there designed to run in CPU-limited environments.
For those who don't know what an ogg is:
Ogg is a media format like AVI, WMV, or Quicktime. It can hold all kinds of media. Audio, video, whatever. But, of course, I use it for audio when I encode CDs to it.
The Vorbis codec for Ogg is the standard Ogg audio format. There are other ogg audio formats. For example, FLAC is a lossless compression codec for Ogg, and Speex is a lossy compression codec designed for voice and voice communications. But Vorbis is the main one people think of.
Vorbis is a lossy format like mp3. But if you take a given song and encode it to a 3 megabyte file, the ogg file is going to sound a lot better than the mp3 file.
Additionally, the mp3 format is covered by patents. People who make mp3 encoders have to pay someone money to distribute them. Ogg Vorbis (and all the Ogg audio and video codecs) are not covered by any patents, and have free (as in speech) implementations.