OGG File Extension

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Ogg Vorbis Audio Format
  • Developer
    Xiph.Org
  • Popularity
    3.2 (10 votes)

What is OGG file?

OGG files refer both to audio and multimedia container files. This means, that they may include compressed audio, video or text data (for example: subtitle) and metadata. This fact went out of date in the year 2007. Since that time, the Xiph.Org foundation, creator of the data container format, decided to create separate file extensions for specific types of multimedia. Other extensions of the OGG series include: OGV, OGA, OGX, OGM, SPX or the successor of the Vorbis format – OPUS.

Since 2007, the OGG extension should be used only in case of audio files.

Additional information about Ogg Vorbis Audio

File in the OGG format is used to store audio data in a compressed form. It utilises the OGG Vorbis sound compression method. OGG files have some common features with the MP3 files, although they can store better quality sound while maintaining the same size, and moreover, they contain metadata in form of information about artists and tracks.

The compression method used in OGG files enables quality in the range of 16-128 kb/s

Programs which support OGG file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with OGG files, divided into 4 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with OGG extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

How to open file with OGG extension?

Problems with accessing OGG may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with OGG extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install Winamp

Problems with opening and working with OGG files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with OGG files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Winamp or one to the listed programs: MPlayer, Foobar2000, BS.Player. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Winamp installed is by going to developer’s website (Radionomy) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Winamp

If the problems with opening OGG files still occur even after installing Winamp, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Winamp is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why OGG files are not compatible with Winamp. The most recent version of Winamp is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Winamp to OGG files

If you have the latest version of Winamp installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage OGG on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the OGG with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Winamp is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open OGG files and clicking OK.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with OGG extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with OGG extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the OGG for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the OGG file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Verify that the OGG in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the OGG is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the OGG file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the OGG file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the OGG file’s structure is intact

If the OGG file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the OGG file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Ogg Vorbis Audio Format file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Winamp

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support OGG files. Close all running programs and try opening the OGG file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Ogg Vorbis Audio Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle OGG files.

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