I got an email from Sebastian Olter the other day, saying that he has coded up Ambisonic support inside Ogg Vorbis. OK, so it seems that Ogg Vorbis is a good fit for Ambisonics… it is an open format, non-proprietory format which is supported by many of the ‘gaining popularity’ media players out there like VLC and MPlayer.
So right now, I’m trying to parse through what moving to Ogg Vorbis entails … and trying to trigger a discussion in the community. But it is an interesting time for this to happen now, because of this recent event involving litigation over MP3 licensing disputes.
“Regardless of the ultimate outcome, it’s clear that a cloud of uncertainty now hangs over the MP3 format, and that alone could drive developers and manufacturers to less litigious pastures.”….. “One of the most interesting contenders is Ogg Vorbis, an open-source, royalty-free rival to MP3 that also represents a generational improvement in sound quality.”
So the timing might just be right.