Thankfully, there is an alternative that can be played on all computers without restriction — Ogg. With Ogg, professional grade multimedia formats such as Vorbis, Theora, Opus and FLAC come to life!
Vorbis and Theora are used extensively by free software projects, artists and a growing number of music and video distributors.
News: in early 2017, the patent on MP3, an audio format competing with Ogg, expired.
Take the next steps
To play Ogg files you need a media player that understands these formats. Many different free software players work with Ogg. We like one called VLC Media Player. Follow our instructions to install VLC.
- Petition This American Life to make their streams and downloads available in Ogg Vorbis
- Join the mailing list to find out about news, actions, and ways you can support the campaign
- Subscribe to the campaign discussion list to talk with other supporters about promoting free formats.
- Visit our list of Ogg friendly sites
- Promote Ogg with buttons and graphics for your website or blog
- PlayOgg Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- List of portable players that support Ogg formats
- Encourage your friends to join the campaign
If you know of any sites that use Ogg Vorbis, Theora, Opus, or other free media formats, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion on the PlayOgg list.
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