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OGG file format

File extension
.ogg
File category
Description

The format is available without any restrictions. It was created in 2002 by programmers of The Xiphophorus Company (xiph.org foundation) as an open-source software project and given its name after a character from Terry Pratchett’s “Small Gods.” The format is intended for multimedia playing and editing; sampling frequency is 6-192 kHz. It was designed for live streaming with an option to store some tracks with their tags within the same file. When the file is opened in a player, all tracks show, which gives the appearance of music being opened from different files.

It was initially used for the entirety of OGG-using files, but it has been associated mainly with OGG Vorbis files for the last ten years. The function set is the same as one of AC3 and AAC codecs, which leave the popular MP3 behind. The spread of OGG is restricted a bit because Apple products do not supply it.

Technical details

At its core, the extension is a container for several streams of audio, video, and metadata. It generates the sound of a medium or high level within the range of 16-128 kbps/channel and exceeds MP3 by the sound quality. In order to reduce the file size, the program deletes a certain amount of data, and therefore, the compression is irreversible. The format is best suited for the storage of musical tracks, but it can be used for voice recording.

Programs
Microsoft Windows Media Player
VLC media player
MPlayer
Foobar2000
Winamp
Xion Audio Player
Audacity
Eltima Elmedia Player
Apple QuickTime Player
Zinf
Totem
Amarok
Developer
Xiph.Org
MIME type
application/ogg