[theora] Proprietary by open source

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 23:19:01 PST 2009

I think what he means is that he is frustrated that open formats are
not being played on closed devices and that possibly only proprietary
formats have a chance to get support on closed devices.

Tom: write to Apple and beg them to support Ogg codecs on their
devices! It's no use whinging here. :-)


On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 4:12 PM, Benjamin M. Schwartz
<bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Tom Sparks wrote:
>> why cant it play on my ipod/PMP?
> Your iPod cannot play Theora because Apple did not include support for
> Theora in your iPod's software.  Unless you "jailbreak" the iPod so that
> you can modify the system software, this will continue to be the case.
> Similar logic applies to most PMPs by other manufacturers.  The exceptions
> are devices like the Archos 5 IMT that allow the user to install whatever
> software they like.
>> I am expecting to get you must be using some proprietary format?
> Could you rephrase the question?  Theora is a video format, and anyone is
> free to use it.
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