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[Rant] Vorbis Hardware PetitionANN.lu
Posted on 22-Mar-2002 10:44 GMT by Christian Kemp8 comments
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darklite quotes Benjamin Lebsanft: Our goal is it to convince hardware manufacturers to include ogg vorbis support in their products. Ogg Vorbis is a high quality audio codec which is patent free!. Sign the petition Ogg Vorbis is a fully Open, non-proprietary, patent-and-royalty-free, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality (8kHz-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) audio and music at fixed and variable bitrates from 16 to 128 kbps/channel. This places Vorbis in the same competetive class as audio representations such as MPEG-4 (AAC), and similar to, but higher performance than MPEG-1/2 audio layer 3, MPEG-4 audio (TwinVQ), WMA and PAC.

Vorbis is the first of a planned family of Ogg multimedia coding formats being developed as part of Xiphophorus's Ogg multimedia project.

Vorbis Hardware Petition : Comment 1 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Christian Kemp on 22-Mar-2002 09:57 GMT
This might not relate to the Amiga too much, but I guess it is an important topic nevertheless, since we've clearly seen enough companies abuse the market because of the patents they hold and the dominance these patents afford(ed) them.
The only bad thing is that I would hate to migrate my entire MP3 collection over to a different standard :)
That, and ever since my own "UnitedOS" petition way back in time (1997?), I don't believe in petitions too much anymore.
Vorbis Hardware Petition : Comment 2 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by redrumloa on 22-Mar-2002 10:08 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Christian Kemp):
Well IIRC there are ogg vorbis players in developement for the Amiga, so i don't see a propblem with it being 'Amiga news'. But of course, your the boss:-)
Vorbis Hardware Petition : Comment 3 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by darklite on 22-Mar-2002 10:09 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Christian Kemp):
>This might not relate to the Amiga too much, but I guess it is an important
>topic nevertheless, since we've clearly seen enough companies abuse the market
>because of the patents they hold and the dominance these patents afford(ed)
>them.
That's what I thought... and it's not really a 'provocative' item ;)
Anyway, is there an ogg player for AmigaOS?
>That, and ever since my own "UnitedOS" petition way back in time (1997?), I
>don't believe in petitions too much anymore.
I never heard about that :/ Please elaborate.
Vorbis Hardware Petition : Comment 4 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Bill Hoggett on 22-Mar-2002 11:36 GMT
While there are OggVorbis players for most platforms, this is not the same as having the codec embedded into your hardware, so the petition has a valid point.
The only problem I see is that the companies producing rival codecs might start to invest money in making sure OggVorbis codecs are NOT used in the same soundcards their codecs are used in, which would not be a good thing.
Vorbis Hardware Petition : Comment 5 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Christophe Decanini on 22-Mar-2002 11:58 GMT
We definitely need to have a misc section on ANN.
Vorbis Hardware Petition : Comment 6 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Christian Kemp on 22-Mar-2002 12:01 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (darklite):
> I never heard about that :/ Please elaborate.
I don't remember any significant details. :-/
It must have been in 1995 or 1996 when Amiga was heading, once more, in multiple directions (as far as I remember, Phase5's PowerUp being one of them) that I created a web page to try and get the various companies to realize how much of a problem they were causing by fragmenting the market.
There must have been around a thousand signatures, not bad considering this was in the very early days of Amiga presence on the Internet (I was still connecting with AmiTCP at that time).
I'm not sure if I have the page backed up somewhere.
Vorbis Hardware Petition : Comment 7 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by redrumloa on 22-Mar-2002 15:05 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Christian Kemp):
If you do it would be an interesting read.
Vorbis Hardware Petition : Comment 8 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Nathaniel Downes on 22-Mar-2002 15:23 GMT
Who says that hardware makers aren't?
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