having one's world rocked by a new and open audio format
So I started playing with some mp3 -> ogg converters in windows today (I had tried Ogg back on my linux box a year ago or so but the tools were so buggy and unreliable that I gave up for a while). For those of you unfamiliar with it, Ogg Vorbis is a new audio format, similar to mp3, but with higher quality and higher compression rates (i.e. your files will be smaller AND sound better), not to mention no licensing fees.
It's quite impressive, I'm finding. After doing some test conversions, I'm finding with essentially no noticeable loss of audio quality (and bear in mind converting from a lossy format like mp3 to another lossy format like ogg is guaranteed to have some loss in quality) I'm getting massive savings in file size.
5,395 K mp3 -> 1,680 K ogg
2,835 K mp3 -> 886 K ogg
4,150 K mp3 -> 1,649 K ogg
Not bad at all...!