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View Poll Results: Which of the files could you readily play?
Ogg Vorbis 12 92.31%
FLAC 13 100.00%
Speex 5 38.46%
None 0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-25-2012, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Ogg Vorbis was created as a patent-free, open-source file format when the holders of the MP3 patent decided to enforce royalties on authors of free software which implemented their technology. Vorbis encoders won several competitions between encoders in the mid-2000's, and still is competitive today, although HE-AAC (which is encumbered by patents) and Opus (another open format) are found to be better in some tests. I recorded a very short audio file with my laptop's internal microphone, did some noise-removal, and encoded it into Ogg Vorbis, which can be found here (click link, then the little download under the big download icon!):

test.ogg download - 2shared

Do you know what to do with the file? Is there a default player for it? Does it play automatically in your browser?

And if you would try more, here is a FLAC file. FLAC is the lossless counterpart of Ogg. It is widely acknowledged by audiophiles to be the best format to archive your music into:

flactest.flac download - 2shared

(Notice I say that "this is an example of the Ogg Vorbis file format" when it is really FLAC)

Finally, there's also Speex, which aspired to be a standard for low-bitrate applications such as internet telephony (VoIP). It has since been replaced by "Opus", but it is used in several places, such as the U.S. Army and Apple (of all companies)'s Siri.

speex2.speex download - 2shared
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:24 AM
 
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All three play on my PC through VLC Player.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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Yep, VLC.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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Since I use VLC I'm in agreement.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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My PCs use VLC or XBMC, and my MP3 players tend to be Rockboxed.

I don't know Speex.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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VLC plays speex fine

Anyway,

I have 2 players that will play OGG and FLAC fine

www.videolan.org - VLC MEDIA PLAYER
www.screamer-radio.com - SCREAMER PLAYER (Plays OGG)
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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Yes, VLC....
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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All computers can play those files, just use the right software. Though i'll say Apple Lossless is a better option than FLAC on macs as itunes doesn't support FLAC.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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Hmmmmmm i wonder why??
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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Because apple is promoting their own format, just as microsoft does in windows media player. Hell, the only non microsoft format supported by media player (without third party plugins) is mp3.
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