Part of the Multimedia and graphics glossary:

Vorbis is an open source patent-free audio compression format, developed as a replacement for proprietary digital audio encoding formats, such as MP3, VQF, and AAC. The Xiph.Org Foundation maintains and oversees Vorbis and Ogg, the container format that Vorbis usually uses. The format is commonly referred to as Ogg Vorbis. 

Vorbis files (.ogg extension) compress to a smaller size than MP3 files, which reduces bandwidth and storage requirements. According to many reports, a Vorbis file provides better sound quality than a file of the same size in MP3.

Chris Montgomery started the Vorbis project at MIT, but was motivated to make the format available after the MP3 codec (coder/decoder) developers, the Fraunhofer-Gesellshaft Institute, announced that they intended to seek remuneration not only for licensing MP3 encoders, but for any stream carrying an MP3 file. Because this action could put many small and/or independent Web casters out of business, Montgomery was motivated to make the free MP3 alternative available as quickly as possible.

The Ogg part of the name came from the network game Netrek. In Netrek, an Ogg is a tactical maneuver, and the word has entered broader usage to mean "doing something forcefully, perhaps without due consideration of possible consequences." The Vorbis part of the name came from a character in the book Small Gods by Terry Pratchett.

This was last updated in January 2009
Contributor(s): Dave Pridgeon
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • QHD (quad high definition)

    - QHD (Quad High Definition) is a resolution standard for high-end monitors, televisions and mobile devices. QHD is specified as 2560x1440 pixels at a16x9 aspect ratio, four times that of 720p stan... (WhatIs.com)

  • qHD (quarter high definition)

    - qHD (quarter high definition) is a resolution standard for mobile devices. qHD became common on higher end smartphones as well as the Playstation Vita in 2011. (WhatIs.com)

  • Xerox

    - Xerox is a provider of document-related technology and services. Xerox derives from xerography, more commonly known as photocopying. The company's technology was the de facto standard for many yea... (WhatIs.com)

Glossaries

  • Multimedia and graphics

    - Terms related to multimedia, including graphics, animation and video definitions and words and phrases about images and sound.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question About Ogg VorbisPowered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.