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major_small
10-19-2003, 10:04 AM
which one would you choose? i would definately go with the MP3 for all purposes... if i was a band creating music, I would use MP3 and if i was a consumer buying (hehe) music, I would pick an MP3 over WMA... i just never liked WMA...

Thantos
10-19-2003, 12:04 PM
I don't have a very good ear for music, so I go with WMA over MP3 based purely on size of the file.

XSquared
10-19-2003, 12:58 PM
I like Ogg Vorbis.

SMurf
10-19-2003, 02:14 PM
Ogg all the way. It's almost exactly the same as MP3 (In some cases better), plus you can write code for it and not worry about being hunted down by over-zealous patent infringment-specialising law firms. :rolleyes:

Brian
10-19-2003, 02:21 PM
MP3 advantages
* Most widely used.
* Acceptably good compression.
* Abundance of encoders and decoders.
* Everybody knows what an mp3 is.

MP3 disadvantages
* Patented
* Has a "piracy/napster" reputation that will never go away.


Ogg Vorbis advantages
* Free, open file format.
* Good quality strong compression.

Ogg Vorbis disadvantages
* Few encoders and decoders.
* Not very widely used, (kazaa doesnt even class .ogg as music).
* Stupid name.


WMV advantages
* Good quality strong compression.
* Widely used.
* Abundance of encoders and decoders.

WMV disadvantages
* Microsoft are behind it.
* Patented.
* There are various restrictions in place.

frenchfry164
10-20-2003, 02:53 PM
Ogg Vorbis is king of music.

Shogun
10-21-2003, 09:12 AM
My fav is .m4a they got an other name aswell, just can't remember which one :(

Brian
10-21-2003, 09:22 AM
Originally posted by Shogun
My fav is .m4a they got an other name aswell, just can't remember which one :(

m4a is a playlist.

Shogun
10-21-2003, 10:45 AM
it has a format aswell it's called aac or somthing liek that (only handeld these using itunes)

the Wookie
10-21-2003, 04:02 PM
arent those for "real" surround sound for dolby digital?

Arker
10-21-2003, 11:00 PM
Another vote for Ogg Vorbis.

~arker

Scourfish
10-22-2003, 12:07 AM
how about FLAC; if you have the space, that is