[Vorbis] MT9 Capabilities

Tor-Einar Jarnbjo tor-einar at jarnbjo.name
Mon Aug 18 13:01:30 PDT 2008

I doubt if the artists and music labels are interested in distributing a 
half-finished product like Guardian describes. If I buy a Picasso, I 
wouldn't expect it to be delivered as a blank sheet of paper and crayons 
either, although it would enable me to avoid the bizarre cubism features 
of his paintings and to mix together something _I_ like better. 
Technically, most audio formats would support this as multichannel 
streams, but I suppose most mainstream audio players won't offer a 
reasonable user interface for these features. Reading on mt9hits.com 
that FLAC and Ogg Vorbis should "watch out" because "New MT9 Digital 
Audio Format Has Six Channels", a lot of buzzwords and almost no 
technical details, I really wonder what they are trying to achieve.


Danny Piccirillo schrieb:
> Sorry, but i wasn't sure the best place to post this. I was looking for some
> forums but it doesn't look like Xiph has any official ones. Anyways, i heard
> about this MT9 think a while ago and i thought it would be awesome if FLAC,
> Vorbis, and all could implement something like this.
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/may/27/news.seanmichaels
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT9
> In combination with that, it would also be cool to have some sort of
> subtitles-esque thing for audio which would be useful for speeches and
> karaoke.
> These two things would be a very very big boost for free audio formats :)
> How feasible is this in the long run?
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