davecs wrote:I just wish that manufacturers would take it up. For each quality level, ogg files can be half the size. So they could double the "time" capacity of their players.
i think the key reason preventing manufacturers from supporting ogg is the sheer processing power required to decode them. iirc the ipod physically isn't capable of decoding the files, even if apple did decide to start supporting them in software. another point for them to consider is that if customers fill their digital music players with 256kb/s vbr oggs, the battery is going to last for considerably less time than it would with 128kb/s cbr mp3s. i remember reading about one of the new little sony devices than claims to have 50 hours of playback time; that time was for playback of 96kb/s mp3s (basically unlistenable), with about a 20% drop in battery life if you wanted to listen to even 128kb/s mp3s (i forget where i read this).
i guess my point is that until cpu and battery technologies improve (and get cheaper), these devices aren't generally going to support oggs, simply because of the hardware cost -- it simply isn't worth it when you consider how many people are actually going to use it.