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Ogg Vorbis 1.0 443

uvasmith writes "According to the Ogg Vorbis website... Release 1.0 is now ready and tagged as 'vorbis1_0_public_release' in CVS. This is a full release of a 1.0 encoder, decoder and tool set. The encoder, decoder and tools now implement all Vorbis 1.0 specification features including low-bitrate, cascading and channel coupling." Update: 07/19 17:05 GMT by C :It seems someone jumped the gun a bit in mentioning the release, but now it's official! Check out the download page, the letter from their CEO and (if you wish) cough up a few bucks at the donation page! For those audiophiles among us, you can check out a side-by-side audio comparison here. Oh, and don't forget the free music!
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Ogg Vorbis 1.0

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  • Debian packages (Score:4, Informative)

    by calc ( 1463 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:01PM (#3917048)
    Ogg Vorbis 1.0 is already uploaded to Debian sid and should be installed today. It should be compiled for all arch within a few days.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:01PM (#3917049)
    Hey, maybe we could replace JPEG with this!
  • Yay! (Score:2, Funny)

    by micromoog ( 206608 )
    It's finally 1.0! Too bad it still has the worst name ever.
  • Argh Too Early (Score:2, Insightful)

    by boa13 ( 548222 )
    Just wait a few more minutes, the mirrors and the website are being uploaded. :(
    • The Vorbis Way (Score:5, Informative)

      by boa13 ( 548222 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:05PM (#3917083) Homepage Journal
      To quote

      <xercist> sites are down, and staying that way until it's ready. period.

      And slightly afterwards:

      <xiphmont> Hello. Slashdot jumped the gun. So that we can actually get to our own servers, and have both been taken down so that we can finish the release in peace. Or at all.
    • You're sure? According to a post on hydrogenaudio [] (search for '#vorbis') the release might be a few days off due to updates needed to the specification. I quote:

      "I'm sorry, folks, but we have to wait. We're being very thorough with the spec, and it has inadequately documented areas. Official 1.0 release is soon, days as opposed to weeks. It's my call, and I take full responsibility. See you soon" -- Emmet on #vorbis

    • "Hello. This is slashdot, calling to say that we're about to flood your servers with the legion of well-trained trolls that we keep penned up inside the SlashHouse. Would you be so kind as to call back when your release is complete, so that we won't prevent it from happening? Otherwise, all your servers are belong to us."

      Nah ... that would be just too easy.

      • Actually Xiph.Org's Emmett worked is a former Slashdot employee. He called them to ask them to refrain publishing any Vorbis story before the actual release. But it was last Sunday, so it seems they forgot. And now, he's calling them again, having some explanations for his former co-workers. :/

        Slashdot is blind-rolling-monster that nothing can stop.
  • by Dark Paladin ( 116525 ) <[ten.lemmuhnhoj] [ta] [lemmuhj]> on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:04PM (#3917070) Homepage
    I like iTunes and my iPod, and I'm curious: does anyone know of a plug-in for these two products?

    I'm not sure I'm ready to give up my beloved MP3's, but I wouldn't mind trying something that isn't tied to somebody else's patent.
    • by pigpen_ ( 56028 ) <> on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:10PM (#3917128) Homepage
      You can get a beta quicktime component [] that will allow you to play oggs in iTunes and other quicktime aware apps. The iPod does it's mp3 decoding on hardware and there is not currently a solution for software decoding. I wouldn't expect one any time soon either.
      • Can you point me to the technical papers that states iPod uses a hardware mp3 decoder? To my understanding, Apple states that the iPod can handle multiple audio formats with a simple firmware upgrades, which suggests to me that it uses software for mp3 and other forms of decoding. (When building my MP3 player for an EE class project, one of the TAs did a CPU cycle count and found that MP3 decoding can be done on an 9Mhz 80188 chip, along with a basic UI.)
    • As far as I know, there's no Ogg support for iTunes or iPod at the moment. There's a SourceForge [] site up with info about an Ogg plugin for Quicktime playback, but that's all I can find so far.
    • Use Google, silly (Score:4, Insightful)

      by mblase ( 200735 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:17PM (#3917180)
      from ( []):

      Goodie #1: Ogg Vorbis QuickTime Component
      This allows the user to play Ogg files in most QuickTime applications. As for iTunes support, this will soon be available. At the moment, iTunes doesn't use the standard QuickTime protocol, so it doesn't automatically take advantage of the component. Bad Apple! Not following your own standards!

      A quick search turns up several iTunes plug-ins for visualizations, but not for audio codecs. I don't think the new iTunes 3 changes this. Developing plug-ins for iPod would be a whole 'nother ball o' wax. So I think you're out of luck.
  • oggenc -1 mode (Score:5, Informative)

    by calc ( 1463 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:04PM (#3917079)
    oggenc now has a -1 quality mode with a nominal bitrate of 45kbps. It actually sounds very good try it out.
  • The march of OSS (Score:5, Insightful)

    by BeowulfSchaeffer ( 588150 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:06PM (#3917094)
    Mozilla 1.0, OpenOffice 1.0, now Vorbis 1.0. This year should be considered a watershed year for open source software. It is great to see things coming together like this.
  • by Skuto ( 171945 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:06PM (#3917096) Homepage
    All and servers have been taken down to prevent slashdotting untill the mirroring is completed.

    Thank you slashdot, you just ed us.

  • by boa13 ( 548222 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:08PM (#3917113) Homepage Journal
    Try quality 0. Or even -1. Yes, you're under 64 kbps. 'nuff said.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:10PM (#3917120)
    Vorbis at 96kbps is usually somewhere between the quality of a good 112 or 128 cbr mp3, and I and quite a few other are already in the belief, after early testing from 1.0-ish CVS-code, that it is better than wma8 at 64kbps.

    ff123 [] will be conducting a 64 kbits/s blind listening test [] where people will send in their results, and that will show how vorbis stacks up against the likes of wma8, mp3pro and quicktime-AAC.

    IMO it doesn't really matter if it is better.. if it is at least comparable, than that should be enough for us to make the switch. Because besides being a flexible codec of high quality, it is open source AND completely free of patents (amazing!).. oh yeah, plus it has that really cool bitrate-peeling feature. Anyway, this is one of the few chances we have to get something right in the computer world (for a change!), so let's not blow it! Spread the word and take your hats off for xiph and vorbis!

    The waiting is over people, at last we can start ogging for real! ^_^
  • Ogg at (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Milo Fungus ( 232863 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:12PM (#3917144)
    Yesterday's roundtable disaster on the subject of DRM raised a few good points about pay-per-download services like Users are free to do whatever they like with medis files they have legally download.

    The problem is that Emusic uses mp3. If they would offer songs in ogg vorbis they would be greatly increasing the quality of their product, giving listeners less reason to pirate and more reason to do legit consumer purchasing. I might even consider joining their service myself.

    • If they would offer songs in ogg vorbis they would be greatly increasing the quality of their product

      How so? MP3 isn't all that bad. I suspect for many casual listeners, the difference between MP3 and Ogg isn't hugely noticeable for most files.
      • >I suspect for many casual listeners, the difference between MP3 and Ogg isn't hugely noticeable for most files.

        At 128kbps, probably not so easy. But try 64kbps :)

  • by atcurtis ( 191512 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:12PM (#3917145) Homepage Journal

    Any piece of technology, no matter how open, free or innovative is useless unless adopted and widely used.

    Microsoft uses Market Development Funds to "assist" adoption of their stuff... Such funds are usually in the form of paid holidays to some exotic location for some key executive/manager of companies.

    Opensource usually cannot afford such gimmics and rely solely on the merits of the technology.

    We can hope (and prey for the religeous among us) that the powers that be at the corporations like the BBC, CNN, ITN, News-Corp etc realise what is the best way to go and don't get their decisions bought by a company which is willing to spend millions of dollars on MDF.
    • Yesterday, I signed of for beta-testing some hardware: a portable device for playing music from memory or from CD. You had to fill in a form with questions like What kind of environment will you use the apparatus in? - Dry - Wet - Cold - Hot.

      One question was: What is your favourite audio format?

      And, tadaa, OGG was one of the options.

      If you are curious to know which hardware vendor has public beta testing. Heheh, I'm not telling.
      • If you are curious to know which hardware vendor has public beta testing. Heheh, I'm not telling.

        Yah, I get the emails from those people, too, only my notice came over a week ago =) Notice how the first questions they ask are about whether you want something that looks good with lots of colors, or something with lots of features? My guess is that since this is a beta step, they've already decided which way the hardware will be, and this is actually a way to cut people from consideration. Also, ironically, they probably only want people for the solid state player who have already got one, based upon their questions... which doesn't make sense. Should they be going after the small segment of the market that already owns players, when they'd have to find some way of convincing them that what they already have sucks, or should they go after the large segment of people who haven't yet found something that appeals to them?

        Oh, and to get this back to topic: I picked only MP3, because there should always be MP3 players around, so that's the format I'm storing everything in. I have lots of gigabytes of space, so I don't care about the best compression. I've already had problems some AVI codecs no longer being supported, and don't get me started on the whole Quicktime for Windows not playing some MOV files mess. =) MP3 is a standard standard, with the only real question being whether a player will support high-rate VBR, which I prefer. Now, if you could get me totally lossless compression of sound, then I'll consider switching...

        OT: Ogg is such a crappy name for a format, anyway. OGG stands for "hi, I'm a geek, I'm going to name what I create after fantasy characters."
    • Unfortunately, Microsoft does considerably more than provide paid holidays to execs to assist the adoption of their technology. I work for a company that got millions in M$ dollars (In regards to shared marketing, credits towards other products, consulting hours, etc) to push a certain new technologies. I'm intentionally not going into detail, but when MS does a push, they do a full court press - It's significantly more than just buttering up a single individual.

      Since OGG doesn't have ~$50 billion in the bank to promote itself, it's up to us to tell companies that we want this technologies in our iPods, Rios, or player-du-jour. You can have the best piece of tech in the world, but if there's no consumer demand (Read: Money) behind it, it'll fail.

      Not intended as a troll or flame, just stating facts as I see them.
    • Any piece of technology, no matter how open, free or innovative is useless unless adopted and widely used.
      I don't think this is a supportable statement. True, the greater the number of people using vorbis then the greater the likelihood that people will find vorbis-encoded material on the internet... but vorbis also is useful to any number of individuals who use it for either its sound quality or its freedom from patents. I suspect that your post was intended to convey the part about the usefulness of large numbers of users, which I agree with, but to declare vorbis otherwise "useless" seems worth straightening out.


    • > We can hope (and prey for the religeous among us)

      Contrary to popular belief on /. and some of the popular media, the Religious amoung you really don't prey on you, we might however (depending on one's ethos) Pray for you...

  • Try Speex too (Score:5, Informative)

    by jmv ( 93421 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:27PM (#3917259) Homepage
    I thought some of you could be interested in my project Speex (, which is like Vorbis but optimized for speech. Bit-rates ranging from 8 kbps to 32 kbps for good quality speech...
  • 2002-07-15 15:54:22 Ogg Vorbis Goes Gold (articles,announce) (rejected)


    ObOnTopic: So, can anyone recommend a good Ogg-friendly CD-ripper for win32? I'm a big fan of CDex [] (GPLd even!), but I wasn't sure if there was anything better out there.
  • Transcoding == Bad (Score:5, Informative)

    by xercist ( 161422 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:40PM (#3917356) Homepage
    Ok, since I see this asked 5x a day on #vorbis, I'm going to tell everyone now.

    If you have an mp3 collection, and want to use ogg instead, please do not convert the mp3s to oggs. It's like faxing a document, then re-faxing the fax. It just gets all unreadable. The result is that people will hear the ogg file and think "Oh my god this sucks! Ogg really blows! I'm not using this format!".

    If you have the original CD, rip it and encode. If you don't, keep the mp3s.
    • by jmv ( 93421 )
      If you have the original CD, rip it and encode. If you don't, keep the mp3s.

      I'd like to add something to that, AFAIK the patents on MP3 only apply to the encoder so if you already have the MP3 file, there's no problem for decoding.
  • March 27, 2001

    Things on hold for now: No, that doesn't mean the project is dead, just that active development is on hold while we throw all the time we have available to get OggVorbis to 1.0 in a reasonable amount of time. Once Vorbis hits 1.0, we'll get back to Paranoia.

    'Bout damn time! Lossy encoding I could give a rat's ass about, but byte-perfect audio extraction... now that's real software!

  • by xercist ( 161422 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @12:48PM (#3917426) Homepage
    I've spent time generating graphs of vorbis 1.0 encoder's output bitrate vs the -q (quality) setting input. They're very cool looking. enjoy. h/1.0/ []
  • by mutende ( 13564 ) <> on Friday July 19, 2002 @01:07PM (#3917595) Homepage Journal

    Could you please point me to your favorite ogg streaming radio? I only know of Radio WOPN [] and I need some change...


  • The sites are back (Score:3, Informative)

    by boa13 ( 548222 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @01:11PM (#3917635) Homepage Journal
    Look especially at [], [] and []!
  • by miracle69 ( 34841 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @01:15PM (#3917660)
    I'd love for (or a similar site) to analyze the OGG format so I can be ensured that at x bitrate, it is the same as CD-quality. I currently rip mp3s at 256k, using options that recommends, and I must say I've been very happy. However, now that ogg is out, I will switch all future rips to that format.

    Anyone know of any good links?
    • >I'd love for (or a similar site) to
      >analyze the OGG format so I can be ensured that at
      >x bitrate, it is the same as CD-quality. I
      >currently rip mp3s at 256k, using options that
      > recommends, and I must say I've been very
      >happy. However, now that ogg is out, I will switch
      >all future rips to that format.

      Most of the analysis on is way outdated, and most people involved with LAME left it after it turned out the author wasn't intrested in maximal quality, but just to promote 'his' preset. Most codec developers hang out on nowadays.

      Ogg Vorbis has by default highly tuned VBR modes, which get to r3mix quality at about -q4 to -q5, so there is little need for 'special' presets.

      • by miracle69 ( 34841 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @01:23PM (#3917715)
        What is the recommendation for OGG to produce CD-Quality sound - regardless of bitrate?

        Is it still 256k? Is it 192k? Do you tell the VBR to go between 192 and 320? I'm not familiar with the ins and outs of ogg (yet), but I will convert as soon as I find some (or do some) good analysis between OGG and CD audio.

        • >What is the recommendation for OGG to produce >CD-Quality sound - regardless of bitrate?

          >Is it still 256k? Is it 192k? Do you tell the VBR >to go between 192 and 320?

          As I said above, if you used r3mix, then -q4 or -q5 is safe.

        • Vorbis bitrate is a secondary function of something called a Quality number(or -q value). What that does is determine exactly how strongly vorbis's VBR model compresses the audio. How high or low the bitrate actually is depends on how much is needed for a certain song at a certain Quality.

          I'm not quite sure as to how effective the 1.0 Quality scale is, but in RC3 many felt that 5-6 was about CD transparent. Personally, I prefered 4.99 because it was as close to 5 as you can get without activating lossless stereo coupling(5 or above)... which gives a nice bitrate spike. This behavior has probably changed, so again... I'm not quite sure.

          Give it a few test runs for yourself and see what you prefer.
  • Ogg rules, check it for yourself: []. Don't reply before having read the page and listened to the samples. :)
  • by foobar104 ( 206452 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @01:25PM (#3917732) Journal
    I know this may be an ignorant question, but... why?

    I have about 400 CDs at home, but six months or so ago I ripped 'em all to MP3 at 160 Kbit-- small enough to be reasonable, big enough to sound find through the stereo system I have wired up in my house. They're occupying about 15 GB on my iMac at home, and when I want music I fire up iTunes and play 'em. I can't think of anything about this setup that I'd change.

    What is there about Ogg that I don't know yet that would make me say, ``Yeah, that's way better than MP3?'' Is it technically better, somehow? Can I squeeze that 15 GB music collection into 1 GB with no noticable loss of sound quality, or something?

    I don't mean to detract from anybody's work or achievement, but I guess I just don't understand why this is cool. Somebody please educate me.
    • by FooBarWidget ( 556006 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @01:38PM (#3917812)
      There are several reasons why Ogg Vorbis is cool.

      - Quality & File Size
      Ogg Vorbis files sound better than MP3s at the same bitrate.
      Or, if you don't care about quality, think it as this: Ogg Vorbis with the same quality as MP3s are smaller. Which means that Ogg Vorbis can save you a lot of space.
      You can probably squeeze your 15 GB music collection down to 10 or 8 GB, while preserving the same quality.

      One thing you must NOT do is convert MP3s to Ogg Vorbis! Both MP3 and Vorbis are lossy audio codecs, which means that the codec throws away information in order to make a file smaller. MP3 throws away information, Vorbis throws away other information, and throws it away differently. The end result is a file that sounds worse than the original MP3.
      What you should do instead is rip the CD directly to Vorbis. CD -> Vorbis = good; CD -> MP3 -> Vorbis = bad.
      Think CD->MP3->Vorbis as sending a fax, then fax the fax. You lose quality.

      Other reasons:

      - The file format is more flexible. Ogg Vorbis can be easily streamed. Perfect for Internet radios. Vorbis has a flexible tag system; in MP3s, all you can speficy is the name, year, type of music, and some other comments. Vorbis however supports freefield tags. You can add *any* information you want, and it can be as big as you want.

      - It's open source (BSD-style license), which means that you can do anything you want with it (including using it in your commercial programs).

      - It's not patented. No need to pay $$$ to patent holders.
  • MD5 Sums (Score:3, Informative)

    by boa13 ( 548222 ) on Friday July 19, 2002 @01:35PM (#3917793) Homepage Journal
    Here are the md5sums of the files I downloaded from a mirror []. * indicates md5sums that have been confirmed by insiders at Xiph.Org.

    b1422a6ff7f58131921b9f2fabe2295c libao-0.8.3.tar.gz *
    7d4fbdc48b443109618e9739648302bd *
    6e840822cf8d6a680917383444afe361 libogg-1.0-1.i386.rpm
    c0f08ce15f1b0fe44539facc8dd0108a libogg-1.0-1.src.rpm
    382a7089f42e6f82e7d658c1cb8ee236 libogg-1.0.tar.gz *
    b0cb84b5f03321eb0fbe2c07350205e9 *
    f5f8e08a0afbc3e0196955c4aa73b78a libogg-devel-1.0-1.i386.rpm
    c461acec225454aeca034eeca7ecf62e libvorbis-1.0-1.i386.rpm
    daec58d8a9d550889391f3f971c9840b libvorbis-1.0-1.src.rpm
    d1ad94fe8e240269c790e18992171e53 libvorbis-1.0.tar.gz *
    d300b3e50b97a4f4c14ceab8124db539 *
    941621aee4865417f4c34b571b74f04a libvorbis-devel-1.0-1.i386.rpm
    5e81e5bff436dbe122531db0b63a053e oggvorbis-macosx-libs1.0.tar.gz
    c0a9fee54835e9c5b32d1f42c02964c9 vorbis-tools-1.0.tar.gz *
    e745ccaf378aeb6d057327b391803150 *
    4ed76d186209fe2eafa5e77854e5d6d8 vorbis-x86linux-libs-1.0.tar.gz
  • But the wide-scale adoption just isn't going to happen.

    I know people that still don't even know whan an MP3 is. Furthermore, the differences between mp3 and ogg are pretty infintesimal... with the only startling difference being in the fact that ogg is an open standard.

    Who cares?

    Free tools are out there for mp3 encoding/decoding. Does ogg help make for "free-er" programs? ...Oh, and "ogg" isn't exactly the best name for an audio codec.

    Moderators - FYI, this is an inquisitive post, not a troll.
  • Register Article []
  • by Jamie Zawinski ( 775 ) <> on Friday July 19, 2002 @09:03PM (#3920345) Homepage

    There is currently no way for one Icecast [] daemon to serve both MP3 and Vorbis streams. You have to run two versions of the server, on two different ports. Aside from being inconvenient to administer, this also means you can't do total-bandwidth-usage new-connnection throttling: you have to assign half of your bandwidth to one server, and half to the other, instead of letting the usage determine it.

    I'd like to start streaming Vorbis at DNA Lounge [], but I won't do it if it has to be a "flag day" where I tell the users "today you have to stop using MP3 and start using Vorbis." The only way I (and, I suspect, just about everyone else) will start streaming Vorbis is if it is convenient to give people a choice of whether to listen to MP3 or Vorbis versions of the stream. As you can see on our audio page [], we stream in many different bitrates, by having the "master" stream be downcoded into various lower resolution streams. Until I can do exactly that with Vorbis, there's no way I'll use it.

    The way to encourage adoption of Vorbis is to make it be an option without shutting out existing MP3 users. As the number of Vorbis users grows, you can then think about phasing out support for MP3. But a flag day will never happen unless they give us a convenient upgrade path.

    The new version of Icecast has been an even bigger vaporware disappointment than Vorbis has been (weren't the both targetted for release by the end of 2000?)

    (Not to mention that the current releases of Icecast still have completely broken metadata streaming, and are (again) incompatible with Shoutcast's directory services.)

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