Ogg Vorbis is superior to MP3 and the files have a small size.
The quality is comparable to that of the MPEG-4 (AAC) format and the performance is higher than MPEG-1/2 audio layer 3, MPEG-4 audio (TwinVQ), WMA and PAC.
In order to work with this format, you need Ogg Vorbis ACM Codec, which will integrate perfectly within your system.
The installation process is fast and simple.
You need to select the “vorbisacm.inf” file, right click on it and select “Install”. You will probably be prompted that the software has not passed Windows Logo testing, and you need to click on the Continue Anyway button.
Then check the installed codec. See Checking Installed VIDEO and AUDIO Codecs In Windows XP
Once you deploy Ogg Vorbis ACM Codec to your computer, you will be able to enjoy all the advantages of the Ogg Vorbis format. One of these advantages is reducing bandwidth usage in case you play your audio files on a network (local or Internet).
The tags that you will be requested when Ogg Vorbis ACM Codec is missing are Audio Codec Tag 26479
The only disadvantage of Ogg Vorbis ACM Codec is that this codec is actually lossy, because its compression method discards some of the data. Nevertheless, the difference is hardly noticeable.
All in all, Ogg Vorbis ACM Codec is worth trying. It is completely free and easy to use and it will give you access to the Ogg Vorbis format and all its advantages (small size, minimizing bandwidth usage, and very good sound quality).
Ogg Vorbis is totally free, open and unpatented and it is known for its high quality.