Letter to Nokia

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After some discussion on the Advocacy mailing list, I decided to start drafting a letter to Nokia here to convince Nokia to implement support for Ogg Vorbis (possibly more Xiph.org technologies, but Vorbis is the most important to me) in their mobile phones. The draft here is inspired by the MailOgging page. This is a letter to Nokia, but letters to other manufacturers of mobile phones or media players should follow.

Contents of the letter

  • What we are asking Nokia to do
  • The reasons why Ogg Vorbis should be supported
  • Why it shouldn't be a problem to implement support

Sending the letter

Preferably this letter would be sent by the Xiph.Org Foundation, not under a personal title. And preferably it should not be addressed to Nokia's customer service, but a person inside Nokia who has authority to make decisions on matters like this.

The letter

<date> <salutation>

The Xiph.Org Foundation would like to ask your attention for the missing support of the Ogg Vorbis audio codec in Nokia's products. We would like to ask Nokia to consider implementing support for the Ogg Vorbis audio codec in it's products.

Unlike the popular proprietary MP3, AAC and WMA audio codecs, the Ogg Vorbis audio codec is completely free to implement, it is not encumbered by patents and does not require license fees. Because of the problems with the aforementioned proprietary audio codecs requiring license fees, it is not possible for many open source operating systems to support those proprietary audio codecs. Hence, the Ogg Vorbis audio codec is the preferred format for the users of those operating systems. For example, popular websites like Jamendo [1] and the Magnatune music store [2] offer music encoded with the Ogg Vorbis audio codec. There are also many other hardware manufacturers which have designed products which support the Ogg Vorbis audio codec [3].

Currently it is already possible to play music encoded with the Ogg Vorbis audio codec on Nokia mobile phones by using the OggPlay software [4]. However, it would be preferable if Nokia itself would support playback of Ogg Vorbis encoded audio files, so that it would not be necessary to rely on third party software.

Even though the amount of Nokia's customers which would benefit from Ogg Vorbis support is small, Nokia should take into account that support for Ogg Vorbis would win Nokia a lot of goodwill in the open source/free software community, and that Ogg Vorbis is free to implement.


[1] http://www.jamendo.com/en/

[2] http://www.magnatune.com/

[3] http://wiki.xiph.org/index.php/PortablePlayers

[4] http://symbianoggplay.sourceforge.net/