[Novalug] music, classical -- and proprietary formats?
matt at matt-good.net
Thu Jan 18 16:02:24 EST 2007
On Thu, 2007-01-18 at 09:30 -0500, Kenneth A. Kauffman wrote:
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> > I always rip my CDs first using Sound Juicer and play them in Muine.
> > I've never had a problem with the audio quality of the Ogg Vorbis files,
> > but you can use FLAC if you want to preserve the full quality.
> Reminder: you can also use LAME and OGG with their highest settings to
> prevent excessive compression and get essentially lossless audio quality.
> Obviously FLAC is the preferred method, but if you need an acceptable
> compromise in audio/space, go for the higher quality switches in the other
> encoders. :) On other interesting fact, some work (currently
> experimental) is being done to embed FLAC inside the OGG container. So
> you could keep the FLAC lossless audio quality while using audio players
> that may not support FLAC but do support OGG.
According to this page the Ogg FLAC encapsulation seems to be stabilized
in FLAC 1.1.1: http://flac.sourceforge.net/ogg_mapping.html
However, you still need a FLAC decoder to be able to play back FLAC
audio wrapped in an Ogg container. Unfortunately the term "Ogg" is
often used in place of "Vorbis" which is the actual audio codec
typically associated with Ogg. Portable players just listing support
for "Ogg" will not play FLAC, Speex, or other audio formats encapsulated
in an Ogg container.
-- Matt Good
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