RIM quietly included OGG Vorbis and FLAC support for BlackBerry Torch

RIM quietly included OGG Vorbis and FLAC support for BlackBerry Torch
Score one for open source audio compression codec enthusiasts worldwide! The kind folks at BerryReview have just stumbled upon a little-known fact about RIM's new BlackBerry Torch 9800: it supports both Ogg Vorbis and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec).

Ogg Vorbis, a long-time favorite of Linux-booting audio nerds, is generally considered to be slightly superior MP3 in both file size and sound quality - but without the pesky licensing fees or patents. Still, the improvements are generally minimal, and many casual listeners probably won't notice much of a difference. FLAC, on the other hand, is an entirely different beast. Its lossless compression algorithm is able to reduce file sizes by approximately 60% without any audible degradation in fidelity - thus offering CD quality sound in a fraction of the space.

So, Torch owners... say goodbye to washed-out cymbals and compression artifacts, and say hello to FLAC. Your ears will thank you, even if your SD card hates you for it.

source: BerryReview


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