Daily Trivia fix:
The Ogg in Ogg Vorbis is taken
from the game Netrek.The literal translation: to force an issue regardless
of the consequences.
As in, "At last year's Comdex I ogged my way through the crowd and
attempted to ogg an interview out of Steve Jobs."
Despite the explosive surge in popularity of MP3 in the last year, many people see trouble ahead for the format. Currently, both companies that make MP3 players and web sites that use MP3 are required to pay stiff licensing fees. An open source alternative - like Ogg Vorbis - could prove popular with both surfers and digital media companies.
The signs are that Fraunhofer and Thomson multimedia, the two companies who for all intents and purposes own MP3, are not going to take the challenge from their open source competition lying down. After all, if more positive predictions about the future of the digital music industry over the next few years hold true, millions and possibly even billions of dollars in licensing fees are at stake.
Don't be surprised if the two companies try to Ogg the issue in court, with this much money at stake.
"We doubt very much that they are not using Fraunhofer and Thomson intellectual property," a Thomson executive told CNet "We think it is likely they are infringing."
From a purely
technical standpoint, this format has a lot going for it, something that
can't always be said for competing proprietary formats. In theory, Ogg
Vorbis files can compete with MP3, delivering near CD-quality sound, performance
which open source developers point out can be improved in the future.
Another important factor worth consideration: The controversy and media attention a court case and campaign against open source programmers would undoubtedly create might be just the sort of publicity that could energize a format like Vorbis, the same sort of publicity that helped turn Napster into a 500 hundred megaton monster...
Skeptics doubt that a little known file format - however cute and cuddly it may be , will be able to energize the same sort of support a monster application like Napster was able to gather in the space of under a year. On the other hand, the fight between everybody's favorite file-sharing company and the recording industry has created a politicized climate and many potential Ogg Vorbis fans.
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and WinAmp can be set up to play Ogg Vorbis files easily.