MP3 not supported?

Ian Malone ibm21 at
Mon Nov 21 16:35:21 UTC 2005

Robin Laing wrote:

> Mark Jordan wrote:
>> the article mentioned using the Ogg or Flac codecs. Is there a tool
>> that easily converts mp3 to these formats? can ogg or flac be put onto
>> cds and played? when i means simple it would be nice to have something
>> like "convert foo.mp3 bar.ogg"

By 'put onto CDs and played' I'm guessing you mean in mp3 capable CD
players; the wiki at <>
lists a few, but support isn't as widespread (it's getting much better
in HD and Flash players though, although the current market leader is
too worried about pushing their own products).  For scripts see the
link further down.

>> On 11/21/05, Michael A. Peters <mpeters at> wrote:
>>>On Mon, 2005-11-21 at 13:36 +0000, Ian Malone wrote:
>>>>  As for Helix, the Realplayer 10
>>>>for Linux binary from Real includes support for closed codecs,
>>>>including mp3.

>>>On x86 anyway - remove HelixPlayer and install RealPlayer - AFAIK
>>>everything HelixPlayer does is done better by totem anyway.

> Converting from one compressed lossy format to another is not a great 
> idea as the quality goes down.
> On a fresh rip, I rip to flac as it is lossless.  Most players I have 
> seen won't play flac.  For my iRiver I then reencode to ogg.  If need 
> be I will encode to mp3 from flac.

Incidentally, an Ogg-PCM (uncompressed) codec is in the works, its main
use is streaming audio though (as there's always FLAC when you want to
store lossless).

> On downloads, I look for the best product but usually go and purchase 
> the CD to ensure I get decent quality from a wav file.
> There is a whole thread on converting from one format to another.

There is also the Vorbis FAQ:


However, it's not generally recommended.  It is possible to set up most
players on Fedora to handle mp3 (and a few will do aac and even wma).
If you don't fancy re-ripping all your music then that's the way to go.


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