Important media formats

These are in my personal opinion the most important *delivery* media formats (not lossless/intermediate formats like mjpeg/cineform etc, and not containers). In that order, depending on popular usage that I have observed through the years.

1. H.264 (.mp4, .m4v, .mov, .mkv, .mts)
2. DivX (.avi, .divx)
3. Mpeg2 (.mpg, .m2ts, .m2t)
4. WMV (wmv9+, .asf)
5. XviD (.avi, .mkv)
6. Mpeg1 (.mpg)
7. Mpeg4-SP (cellphone kind, .mp4, .mov)
8. On2 VP6/7 (.flv)
9. h.263 (.3gp)
10. Real (.ram)
11. Ogg Theora (.ogg, .mkv, .ogm)

Audio codecs (lossless codecs like FLAC/WAV/AAC-L are not listed because I don’t consider them delivery formats, even if some audiophiles use them as such):

1. Mp3
2. WMA
3. AAC (.m4a, .aac, .m4p)
4. AC3
5. Ogg Vorbis (.ogg, .ogm)
6. Mpeg-LayerII (.mp2)
7. RA

The only devices that come close to support most of these formats (support 70% of the formats/containers listed), are the Archos products. You pay a premium, but you know that you get the best compatibility with media formats out there.


mikesum32 wrote on December 2nd, 2007 at 4:41 PM PST:

I so wanted a Rio Karma a few years ago. It had flac and ogg vorbis support.

JrezIN wrote on December 3rd, 2007 at 11:19 AM PST:

Cowon (iAudio) HDD players usually do Ogg Vorbis and FLAC too.
Rio Karma was a dream, unfortunately it did not last long…
These days you can usually count only with Archos and Cowon… it’s very hard to find ANY other player with MINIMUM quality standard… that means codec support, standard USB connections, USB MSC/UMS and Charging via USB connection. But Cowon and Archos usually provide these functionality for you!

newstop wrote on December 3rd, 2007 at 11:42 AM PST:

Actual codec usage stats:

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