posted 08-14-2000 11:23 PT (US)
FREE ALTERNATIVE TO MP3: Slashdot is discussing a free alternative to MP3: Ogg Vorbis. MP3 almost symbolizes freedom today with its flexibility and hamper-free redistribution that allows to make unlicensed copies of songs, but it's not really wholly free because anyone who releases an MP3 encoder or decoder officially has to pay a licensing fee to Fraunhofer/IIS, a German company that helped develop the standard. Ogg Vorbis is a truly free alternative that uses a similar compressing technology. Slashdot has interviewed the creators of Ogg Vorbis and is having a discussion about the potential of the new standard.