Increasingly, proprietary software companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe are pushing video and audio formats that restrict access and restrict software developers.
Thankfully, there is an alternative that can be played on all computers without restriction — Ogg. With Ogg, professional grade multimedia formats such as Vorbis, Theora, Speex and FLAC come to life!
Vorbis and Theora are used extensively by free software projects, artists and a growing number of music and video distributors.
excerpt from the following site - http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/playogg/en/
I had some (51) mp3 files which amounted to 355.1 MB in size. I picked 1 file from the list which was around 10.5 MB and converted it to ogg format using a free software called winff http://winff.org/html_new/
I wanted to see the size of the file and the quality of the audio in ogg after conversion. If the size is less than what mp3 file is and if the quality is in par with mp3, then I decided to move on to ogg completely.
Tada… I present you.
Before conversion (Size of MP3 files)
After converstion (Size of OGG files)
You see the difference. Saved around 115 MB of disk space. That’s not the end, the audio quality is in par with MP3. I find no difference and now using a Free format (free from proprietary codecs and patents).
- All versions of Android phones will support OGG files by default (Saved space in my SD memory card on Android too, now I can install few more apps!).
- VLC is a beast, so you can play it on any operating system.
- VLC is also available on all major smartphone operating systems - https://www.videolan.org/vlc/#download
So this is not just about OGG. VLC, WINFF (FFMPEG) and OGG today provides an alternative to liberate us from proprietary lock-ins. Free Yourself. Share ogg files with family and friends.