Thursday, April 27, 2006

Which came first? The OGG or The Apple?

The domains OGGVORBIS.NET & OGGVORBIS.ORG currently point to APPLE.COM ...

In case you don't know what Ogg Vorbis is:

From VORBIS.COM (the actual oggvorbis website):

Ogg Vorbis is a completely open, patent-free, professional audio encoding and streaming technology with all the benefits of Open Source ...

Apple's iPod and iTunes support the following audio formats:

AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF

iPodlinux installed on an iPod will allow you to listen to the OGG Vorbis format.

Interesting ... what could be the reasoning for this?

Here are the only players for the Mac that support the OGG format:

XiphQT: Xiph QuickTime Components (XiphQT) is a set of QuickTime plug-ins that allow iTunes, and other QuickTime-based applications, to play ogg vorbis files.

VLC media player: VLC is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats.

Ogg Drop: Ogg Drop will encode audio tracks and CD's into vorbis. It also contains a QuickTime component that allows iTunes to play ogg vorbis files. Ogg Drop is entirely free.

[UPDATE] The domain is NOT registered by Apple: whois registration for OGGVORBIS.NET & OGGVORBIS.ORG

Antonio Alcorn
West Hartford, Connecticut 06107
United States

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