freya128 at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 22 06:41:01 PDT 2001
I've noticed a lot of pessimism on the vorbis list
I just wanted to tell you that I think you are very
wrong. I don't know anything about computer games but
the boy opposite me at work has just bought a game
called "operation flashpoint" and they all seem very
excited about it. I understand this is one of the
first games to use Vorbis, so already Vorbis is out
there. I think Vorbis will become a very popular
format in the games market for a million and one very
As far as the wider market and people entrenched in
.mp3, I don't really see this as quite the problem
other people here see it as.
Firstly just because .mp3 is a hugely popular format,
doesn't mean that vorbis can't be too. We all use a
wide range of computer formats.
Secondly, okay a lot of people may just use .mp3
because they don't know better but that's also true of
PNG. I mean I think PNG is a preety succesful format.
I use it a lot, but I still get people mailing me
.gifs and even worse .jpgs (of things like text!!!)
That's okay let them.
I think someone said that a lot of the use of vorbis
will be driven by content providers, yes I think you
are right, and not just that but independant content
providers not those affiliated with the big 5.
We are going to have to face up to a future of a 2
tier internet. At one level there is going to be all
the commercial rubbish that only works on win32 and is
run by large corporate interests. At another level we
will have the rest of the internet, built by people
routing around the mess these people are creating, to
make an internet more the way it should be.
For me it is partly about having a choice. I know a
lot of the development of vorbis has been on linux
machines. Look how succesful linux has been, and yes
of course there are still plenty of people running
windows, but that doesn't mean that linux isn't
succesful. Linux gives us a choice, a *real* choice.
We don't *have* to run linux, although I confess that
a lot of the time I do.
I think Voribs is already starting to become
incredibly succesful. It's going to take time though,
it's not going to happen overnight, and firstly
Voribis is going to have to actually be released
before we really start to see the take-up.
I know that Vorbis was created with the .mp3 market in
mind but lets not get too bogged down with that. The
computer world moves on all the time and .mp3 is being
Vorbis will go places we havn't even thought of yet.
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