What is Ogg Vorbis?
Ogg Vorbis is a highly efficient, patent-free way to store audio. It is similar to the MP3 format, but without all of the licensing and royalty issues that go along with it. It combines the Vorbis audio codec with the Ogg container format to create a single file that is freely used and manipulated.
Why would I want to use Ogg Vorbis?
Ogg Vorbis provides several benefits over competing proprietary formats:
*Superior compression: When compared to competing formats such as MP3, Ogg Vorbis provides either a smaller file size at the same quality level, or better quality at the same file size.
*Excellent cross platform support: computers running GNU/Linux, MacOS, or Windows can play Ogg Vorbis files when the proper codecs are installed.
*Perfect for commercial use: since Ogg Vorbis is free from patents and royalties, one can freely use Ogg Vorbis as part of a commercial product without the burden of extra fees.
*Supports freedom: The Ogg Vorbis format isn't just free of charge, it's also free as in freedom. You never have to worry about having to pay to encode, decode, or otherwise use the Ogg Vorbis format.
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For more information about Ogg Vorbis, visit the official FAQ page at Vorbis.com: http://www.vorbis.com/faq/#what
Need codecs to play back Ogg Vorbis content within Microsoft Windows? Download the latest codec pack here: http://www.illiminable.com/ogg/