A few months ago, a client commissioned our design team to build a pocket-size audio streaming set-top box. We thought, the challenge was, in how, to balance bandwidth and quality. We thought wrong! We realised too late that the audio container we had chosen required license payments, percentages on product sales and incredibly hard-locked to prevent experimentation. After months of failed negotiations, we had to give up! There was no other way to go around this hurdle UNTIL we stumbled upon the Xiph project and the Ogg Vorbis audio container.
Ogg Vorbis, a rather unusual name for a container, is an Open Source audio/visual compression that is extremely agile, adaptable and flexible for building real world products. .OGG files are small and comparable to MP3 or AAC, and other digital audio formats. It is unpatented and can be downloaded from the Vorbis.com site. With the source-code in hand, there is NO LIMIT to how, when and where projects and products can be developed. What is truly amazing is the quality of the output sound in comprising to its size; thus allowing anyone to extend the value offered on a typical product. .OGG files have built in support for METADATA which is especially handy when designing multimedia players, electronic games and pop-up text effects. Interestingly, this format and container will make other developers find their feet again, scrapping the huge licenses of other formats and focus on the most important thing – BEING CREATIVE. I salute the Xiph Open Source Community.
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