Ogg Vorbis r45 review

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Ogg Vorbis is a iTunes 4 compatable Ogg Vorbis decoder plugin for Quicktime 6.

License: Freeware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 0K
Developer: qtcomponents project
Price: $0.00
Updated: 15 Jun 2006
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Ogg Vorbis is a iTunes 4 compatable Ogg Vorbis decoder plugin for Quicktime 6.2 or later under Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

This will allow you to play Ogg Vorbis music with iTunes.

What's New:
Metadata. Now uses a (potentially) user-configurable property-list file (MetaDataConfig.plist). Seems to work in QT Player. iTunes ignores some of the tags, such as track number, or the title (!!), but at least it uses album and artist names. (What's interesting, iTunes doesn't seem to use title metadata at all for more QT imported file formats than just Ogg/Vorbis! Try adding some trailer from official Apple trailers page to your iTunes library. So, It does appear to be iTunes problem/feature.)
Seeking, pausing, skipping. Some fixes regarding interruptions, dropped pages and seeking in general. There are, sometimes, audible artifacts on the boundaries of the non-consecutive packets, which is to be expected. However, it doesn't happen with the mp3 files... Or does it? Well, at least seeking now doesn't stop playback, as could happen with the previous version.
Fixed some small bugs and memory leaks.
Streaming. I did try. ;) In QuickTime Player, the component will usually download ogg pages, and put them into QT tracks, but if the file size is unspecified (as is the case with streaming) it will not play anyway. Importer works properly, and decoder is being set-up, but then QT Player just doesn't ask for decoded samples. And you usually can't even save the stream. If you manage to save, though, you can play the file. If the file contains multiple (chained) logical ogg/vorbis streams - the component, at the moment, inserts them all at time 0. So you can save time listening to all the tracks at once. :D Well, this is one of the many things to work on...
Streaming in iTunes. Still doesn't work. It doesn't try to use the codec, at all. Just displays the stream as 'mpeg audio' and apparently fails do decode it as such.
In my experience, iTunes always imports ogg files synchronously, and sometimes does it multiple times per one file (!?). This means there will be slight delay before playback of each file, while iTunes imports the file. I suppose it may mean an even less slight delay on a non-local storage media. Well...
Equaliser and visualisation in iTunes. I'm not sure it's not only me, but none of the non-iTunes formats (so, all the external QT-imported file formats) seems to work with equaliser nor visualisation in iTunes on my machine. On the other hand, QT Player has no problems with displaying real-time (well, slightly less 'real' while importing) frequency levels during playback...

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
QuickTime 7 or later.

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