OGG vs AAC 2023| Which Audio is Better?

There is an old competition between OGG and AAC to determine which is the best audio format at the moment. While both of them have their differences, stick around to learn a bit more about both of these audio formats.

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Melissa Lee

Updated on Aug 15, 2023

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Currently, two of the biggest music streamers are Apple Music and Spotify. For a better quality of music transmission, Apple Music applies the AAC format as a successor to the traditional MP3. At the same time, Spotify uses an OGG for its music streaming services. This article will show OGG vs AAC to help you choose the right one. 

OGG vs AAC: Which One is Better?

Nowadays, music services use variable size compressions to maximize bandwidth. This allows you to stream and download audio files even at low Internet speeds without interruption. That said, the quality of music is directly connected to the bit rate and is where OGG excels. Many determining factors are at stake here.

Below is a complete AAC and OGG comparison:

Patent: AAC is part of the MPEG4 specification, so AAC developers must obtain a patent license. This means that unrestricted use of this format is prohibited. OGG is open source and has no software patents, making it easier to use.

Compatibility: AAC is the standard audio format for Apple devices, video game consoles, and phones. Since OGG is free, it is used in many commercial and non-commercial media players and portable media players.

Quality: Both AAC and OGG are lossy and compressed, and their performance varies significantly at different bit rates. The bit rate performance is very different. Therefore, it is more convincing to compare AAC and OGG in terms of the volume of people using them. In that case, the clear winner is OGG as millions of people are streaming from Spotify.

Nevertheless, this comparison lacks objectiveness. Hence, it is up to you to decide which one sounds better. Both of these audio formats are amazing and the differences are minimal.

What is the OGG format?

OGG is a free, lossy, and open-source audio format. It is not restricted by patents and aims to provide high-quality streaming media. It's commonly used for Spotify. It claims that OGG provides efficient music streaming and digital media operations.

OGG can contain multiple video, text, and metadata streams. Since OGG is free, and its use is not limited to any copyright restriction. Likewise, you can find several OGG file extensions, but the most common ones are .ogv and .oga.

What is AAC format?

AAC is the abbreviation of "Advanced Audio Coding", an audio format designed to replace MP3. It is lossy and compressed, and it has been proven to sound better than MP3. AAC is the standard audio format of iTunes and Apple Music.

Millions of Apple devices use AAC as their native audio format. Since it is mainly restricted to Apple devices, it is not widely used by other users. Yet, its fantastic quality and efficiency cannot be ignored. While OGG is free to use, there is a strong point that AAC is exclusive and integrated.

How to Convert OGG to/from AAC

Two converters are introduced in this part. The first tool is a desktop converter which is functional. 

Tool 1. EaseUS Video Converter

The first recommended tool is EaseUS Video Converter, which is functional in converting audio formats. Also, you can convert audio files to video files as you like. To convert OGG to/from AAC, it's very easy. Without losing quality, you can get the converted file with the original content. Below is a guide that you can follow. 

Also, you can apply more options such as changing the quality and bitrate during the converting process. 

Main Features:

  • Batch converting function to deal with more than one file
  • Convert OGG to FLAC, AC3, AAC, OGG, AMR, etc. 
  • 30X faster converting speed to increase efficiency and save time
  • Convert audio files to video files as you like

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How to convert OGG file to AAC:

Step 1. Download and launch this program. Next, select the "Audio Converter" option from the left sidebar for audio conversion, and click "Choose Files" to import the audio file.

Add media files

Step 2. Click the gear icon to select your output audio format at the bottom. Besides, you can change the saving path, enable the high-speed conversion, GPU acceleration, or merging functions if needed here.

Choose format

Step 3. You can click the "Edit" button to change the file name, bitrate, sample rate, and other settings for your output file.

Adjust settings

Step 4. Once done, you can click the "Convert" or "Convert All" button to begin your audio conversion.

Start conversion

Tool 2. Convertio

Although many tools can help you convert OGG to AAC or vice versa, there is no need to install third-party software when you can use an online converter. The most significant advantage of online converters is their simplicity and convenience. One of the best audio converters that you can use is Convertio.

With this converter, you can enjoy an easy-to-understand and feature-rich platform. You can convert AAC or OGG files to many other audio formats. The only notable disadvantage of Convertio is that it doesn't have many editing tools. For that, you may need to install tools like EaseUS Video Editor.

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How to convert OGG to AAC or vice versa:

Step 1. Open the Convertio and upload your file(s). You can select it from your computer, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

Step 2. Pick your desired output format. Here, you can choose either AAC or OGG. Pay close attention as Convertio has over 200 formats available.

Step 3. Once you have picked the output format, it can convert. Then you can download your audio file to your computer.


As an average user, you don't usually know how AAC and OGG formats work. You need to understand that both have slight differences. Figuring out which one is better is entirely up to you. Nevertheless, in this article, you learned how to easily convert AAC files to OGG or vice versa.

FAQs About OGG vs AAC

Follow this post if you want to know more knowledge about these two formats. 

1. Which is better, AAC or OGG?

Sound quality is a subjective issue. For many people, OGG sounds better at a bit rate of around 100 kbps because it doesn't cut off the treble as much as AAC. But overall, any audio format that uses 128 to 160 kbps sounds good. Many people cannot tell the difference between 256 kbps AAC and 360 kbps OGG.

2. Is OGG Audio good?

OGG is an open-source audio format that is composed of 360 kbps audio tracks. This makes the audio very clear and loud. It is a high-quality audio format.

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