robojam wrote:Guys, it's not hard to find a player that accepts every format - VLC media player is a good cross platform player. There's also a lot of good free format conversion software around too, so it's not hard to download and convert any format.
As others said, the limitation is with hardware devices on which you have no control on the formats they play. ogg is not supported in almost any portable media device.
As for format conversion, yes, it's easy enough to convert from one format to another. However, as I pointed out, going from one lossy format to another is taking steps towards degrading the sound of the track. Therefore, it's in the composer/producer best interest to provide the compressed format versions themselves as originated directly from the master, to make sure they have the best quality possible for the format.
D.H.Miltz wrote:I can think of two potential fixes (though it's a rare enough problem that maybe it doesn't need much fixing). One: mandatory mp3, supplemental ogg allowed and/or encouraged. Two: a note added to the rules indicating that submitting an mp3 is strongly encouraged even if an ogg is being submitted. Of the two, I favor the latter. Just thinking out loud, feel free to shoot down either or both.
I would lean with option two as well. If someone wants to submit ogg, go ahead, but know that your submission may not be listened to by some people whose listening environments do not support the format.