[linux-audio-user] FLAC in OGG?

Esben Stien b0ef at esben-stien.name
Wed Jan 25 16:26:56 EST 2006

Christoph Eckert <ce at christeck.de> writes:

> what's the advantage

The container format allows you to put everything related to a project
song inside the container.

F.ex, for a song: 

You can store the whole session; each track and you can put every
single sample and source code for synthesis in there. You can store a
SVG or an image for the file and it will be the icon of the file for
the song. You can also store images taken during the project of the
song and also video if you want, of the recording or synthesis
session. Maybe a commentary. You might want to throw the music video
in there. You can have the text for the song in as well. You can set
cue points, have menus, put the license in there, related documents
and info.

This is how free music and art should be distributed, in my
opinion. Free music, the way I see it, should come with the source
material and source code for whatever synthesis, notation and beat
composition application was used. The data is very much compressed and
lossless with flac. You can also compress it with paq if you want
serious compression. You can put music on archive.org if bandwidth is
a concern.

A common misconception that I see, is that people consider shareable
music as free. Free art, along the same lines as free software, should
require the source material to be distributed along with the work, in
my opinion.

I think that music is also a functional work, because it gets me

I don't mean to start a thread on what should be considered free
music; we each differ in our view. In any case, matroska is a very
nice container and you can pack it full of fun. 

On GNU/Hurd, you could have a translator for matroska, allowing you to
browse the file like a directory.

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