How to Open Ogg Files

by Jason Artman

The OGG file format is used to store compressed music files, much like the better-known MP3 format. The primary benefit of OGG is the fact that the file compression standards used to create these files are open source, while the MP3 compression standards are proprietary. Open-source software can be freely improved by a community of hobbyist programmers. Often, this means that the software is updated more frequently. Open OGG files using VLC, a free media player application that works in Windows, Mac OS, and Linux—or Winamp, a media player for Windows.

Playing OGG Files with VLC

1

Download VLC from its website, and install and launch the program.

2

Click the "Show Playlist" button, or click "View", then click "Playlist" to open the playlist window.

3

Drag the OGG file you want to play into the playlist, then close the window.

4

Press the "Play" button to play the file and hear what it contains.

Playing OGG Files with Winamp

1

Go to the Winamp website. Download, install and launch the application.

2

Click the "PL" button in Winamp to open the playlist.

3

Drag the OGG file into the playlist.

4

Press the "Play" button to play the file.

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About the Author

Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.

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