Hello, I tend to be an obsessive listener of audiobooks, radio show podcasts, and language tapes. I like bringing massive archives with because I never know when i'll want to restudy something that I realize i'm forgetting or go looking for something I might have heard awhile ago but took notes on what show I heard it in. So I am wondering if there has been other possible interest in very low bitrate codecs besides speex.http://www.rowetel.com/blog/?page_id=452
Codec2 is designed for 700-3200bps rates and at 1200bps is surprisingly listenable, it's comparable to or possibly even better than MELPe which is considered the absolute state of the art currently but trapped up in patent law and for-profit licensing fees. Codec2 is massively superior to Speex in quality and also open source.
Nobody is even currently working on a realtime player so this might be pretty beta or alpha for awhile, but the more it's used in the real world, the more people can help the codec develop by finding it's strengths and weaknesses, offering samples to the developers of challenging to encode passages they found from their private listening. I know i'd be happy to crunch down and listen for flaws to help but need a portable player to support it. I've no clue how demanding it is vs speex or other encoders obviously.