OPUS is an audio file that is encoded using the Ogg Opus format (lossy coding). It was created for online audio streaming, that is, in order to transmit sound through a global network. The format is being developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Xiph.Org communities. Applies SILK codecs when used in Skype and CELT (from Xiph.Org), provides support for variable bitrate. Most often, the OPUS codec is used for video conferencing, game chats, VoIP telephony. OPUS is a free audio codec that has international standard status (IETF RFC 6716). Its main advantages are a low coding delay (from 2.5 to 60 ms) and its significant speed, an increased degree of compression of audio data with high-quality sound, as well as support for multi-channel audio (within 255 channels). In 2011, J. Skeglund of Google conducted two series of tests, during which OPUS coding and decoding were compared, taking into account the assessments of experts and ordinary listeners. Studies have shown that OPUS provides stereo music with the same quality as MP3 and better quality than G.719 64 kbps. OPUS offers great streaming capabilities with dynamic tweaking and very low latency. This is always high sound quality and excellent data compression. Full support for OPUS is provided by Mozilla applications. He is the key Skype audio codec.
Ogg is a relatively young format of modern audio formats, which is consistently among the three most popular and competes worthy with MP3. This format (full name Ogg Audio File) appeared in 2002, was developed by the nonprofit organization Xiph.Org Foundation, is free and free. Ogg files are very convenient for storing data, because they have a high degree of compression. For users, Ogg is attractive precisely for this, as well as high quality sound. It is also attractive because it is an effective alternative to paid audio formats. You can listen to these files in Winamp, AIMP, VLC, XMMS software players.