[Vorbis] Vorbis Comments in a WAVE file?

Steve Fosdick xiph at pelvoux.nildram.co.uk
Mon Feb 12 13:41:58 PST 2007

I recently found myself in a situation where WAVE files from one PC were to be stored compressed on a second PC.  As the second PC has a much faster CPU it made sense to transfer the WAVE file over the network and encode it on the destination PC.  This also needs a mechanism to transfer the metadata (comments).

The solution that sprung to mind was to add vorbis comments to the WAVE file.

WAVE is an extensible format where additional chunks can be defined and software that does not understand a chunk should ignore it.  I have written a short program to do this.  It would be more useful though if other tools recognised the extra chunk and used it to preserve the comments in the same way that oggenc does when encoding a FLAC file (which has vorbis comments in).

What do people think of this?  Would anyone else find this useful?

Does anyone know how this compares with the INFO chunk in WAVE files which I could not find any documentation on?


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