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> All Audio Codecs That Play On Zaurus?, Let's compile a list:MP3,OGG,WAV,etc...
TonyOlsen
post Dec 15 2004, 07:39 AM
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What are all of the audio codecs that are supported under Zaurus?

So far I know of:
  • MP3 (MPEG-Layer 3) - plays on default audio player and most (all?) audio players
  • WAV (Uncompressed) - *gag*
  • OGG (Ogg Vorbis) - plays on "MediaPlayer" after installing special plugin
OGG is roughly twice as good as MP3, but neither of them are very good at doing what I need. I have many audio books I want to listen to on my Zaurus. Previous to my Zaurus I used 5 kbps RealAudio and/or 5 kbps Windows Audio. MP3s can only go down to 16 kbps (and most encoders can only go down to 32 kbps). Ogg Vorbis can only go down to 9 kbps (and forces the file to remain stereo), and even this is only possible if I encode the audio file to an 8 KHz uncompressed WAV file and then encode OGG using the lowest audio quality (this is the solution I'm currently using and the quality is fine for audio books... but it is a waste since it requires stereo even though the source is in mono).

Are there other audio codecs that are supported under the Zaurus through any means, hacks, installations, etc?

OR...

Is there a way to encode MONO OGG files (so I can get down to 4-5 kbps?)
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TonyOlsen
post Dec 15 2004, 03:12 PM
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Speex Audio Codec

Awesome!! smile.gif I downloaded the attachment above and played the audio samples using the suplied Speex decoder you compiled. smile.gif

The next step would be to somehow get the codec integrated into some kind of GUI media player with playlists (for an entire book with series' of chapters)

Since Speex is made by the same people who made Ogg Vorbis, I'm assuming that anyone who knows how to integrate Ogg Vorbis could somewhat easily also integrate Speex.

I looked at the Zaurus Software Index (killefiz.de) and found that the latest versions of the following programs support ogg-vorbis:
  • mplayer
  • NPlayer
  • Opie Player 2
  • media player vorbis-plugin (this is what I'm currently using)
  • X Multimedia System
I'm guessing that any of these could also include the Speex codec.

One of the VOIP programs LinPhone already recognizes Speex, but it doesn't look like it could simply play files directly.

Are any of the developers of any of the applications listed above (or any others I failed to mention) reading this who could add Speex to the next version of their software (or as an upgrade patch)?

That would be awesome! smile.gif

4 kpbs audio books on the Zaurus! Now THAT's what I'm talking about! biggrin.gif cool.gif smile.gif
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