From: Michel Brabants <michel.linux@ti...> - 2005-06-21 22:21:08
I would like to issue a feature-request. I don't think that xine-lib
already supports wavpack or am I wrong? Else I would like to ask if it
can be supported? Here is a link to the wavpack-homepage:
Some text from the front-page of the home-page:
WavPack is a completely open audio compression format providing
lossless, high-quality lossy, and a unique hybrid compression mode.
Although the technology is loosely based on previous versions of
WavPack, the new version 4 format has been designed from the ground up
to offer unparalleled performance and functionality.
In the default lossless mode WavPack acts just like a WinZip compressor
for audio files. However, unlike MP3 or WMA encoding which can affect
the sound quality, not a single bit of the original information is lost,
so there's no chance of degradation. This makes lossless mode ideal for
archiving audio material or any other situation where quality is
paramount. The compression ratio depends on the source material, but
generally is between 30% and 70%.
The hybrid mode provides all the advantages of lossless compression with
an additional bonus. Instead of creating a single file, this mode
creates both a relatively small, high-quality lossy file that can be
used all by itself, and a "correction" file that (when combined with the
lossy file) provides full lossless restoration. For some users this
means never having to choose between lossless and lossy compression!