In today’s browser, most users don’t need to download or install an app to listen to audio.
But for those with poor hearing, the need to listen for different types of sound can be a pain.
That’s where audio codec developers like the new Ogg Vorbis audio codec.
“We think of audio as being one of the most complex, and we don’t want to make it so complicated,” says Michael J. Tannenbaum, Ogg VP of Engineering.
“There are no clear rules, there’s no standardized formats, and the standards haven’t been in place since 2000.”
In the past, Oig’s Ogg Audio codec has been used to encode the audio in films, music, and even TV shows.
But it’s only been recently that Ogg has begun to leverage the VorbIS codec, a new open-source codec that’s meant to take advantage of the same high-end audio hardware and software as the older Ogg codec.
But what exactly is Ogg’s Vorbist codec?
Ogg says that the Vorgist audio codec, also known as Vorb, is a new type of audio codec that uses “digital signal processing (DSP)” to compress audio files.
Digital signal processing is the technique that powers some modern computers and devices, such as video cameras and smartphones.
The technology has been around for decades, but Ogg isn’t just trying to capture some of the glory of DSP, it’s also trying to make sure its codec doesn’t slow down the audio.
Ogg believes that the codec’s design is so modular that you can use any codec, and its developers hope to make Ogg the default codec for a wide range of apps and hardware.
It’s a strategy that sounds a lot like Ogg, which is working to extend its technology to other industries and applications.
The company is also working to add support for the newer DSP codec, which will add more processing power to its codecs.
But first, Og has to convince developers to include the new codecs into their apps.
“Developers need to be comfortable with using the new technologies and know what the new APIs are,” Tannensbaum says.
“That means they need to get into the loop and give us feedback and give feedback about the new features they want.”
Developers can start using Ogg as early as today.
For example, if you’ve installed an Ogg version 1.2.2 and a Google Chrome browser, you can start playing audio in the Google Chrome app using the “open sound” icon.
But Ogg developers say that the Ogg team is working on adding support for other DSP-capable audio codec versions.
For instance, Oeg says that they plan to support Oggv1.3.1 in the coming weeks, as well as support for Vorb 1.3 in the future.
But to help you make the transition to Ogg for your favorite apps, Tannenberg and his team have set up an open source project called Oggcodec that lets developers download and try out the new audio codec on their favorite apps.
Ogcodec is available for download from Oggdevelopers.com.
You can also grab the OGG codec on the Oglix platform, the company’s open source software for developing audio applications.
“As a developer, we want to help to drive adoption of Ogg and Vorb,” says Mark Parducci, CEO of Oglissix.
“By making the codec open source and the codec available for developers, we can help to accelerate the adoption of this new audio standard.”
To help you get started, the Ogdevelopers team has created a quick guide that shows you how to set up your favorite audio apps with the OGL and Ogg Codecs, how to get started with audio streaming, and how to install and use Ogg.