Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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RE[3]: D'oh!
by tony on Tue 27th Jul 2010 15:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: D'oh!"
tony
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That frames the debate as purely technical but it is not. Vorbis is undeniably superior to MP3 but MP3 is still very popular. Open formats were not always late to the party either. If a so called superior format is patent encumbered, it presents more than just a technical challenge. It is also a debate about who has control and the political implications of that. Google doesn't want MPEGLA in charge and has spend millions now buying up VP8 and opening it up as WebM.


MP3 is popular because it was widely implemented first, and it thus became entrenched. It's now ubiquitous, and there's not enough wrong with MP3 on a technical/implementation level to go through the trouble of shifting entire ecosystems from one format to another. Consumers for the most part just don't care.

The only two companies I can think of that would have the clout to cause a shift to Vorbis are Apple and Amazon, and I don't think either of them care enough. Apple has their own codec, but Amazon probably doesn't want the user headache when users accidentally download the a codec that isn't supported on their player.

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