The goal (at this stage) is to deliver a file format that can be played natively on the DC3 and consequently Edge, Firefox, and Chrome. The examples above, as you stated, were converted back to MP3 for playback and are 2 MB to 3 MB at that size. OPUS (used in my previous post, at 246KB, is in its final form prior to .gz compression) is natively supported by DC3 and browsers listed above. Note: the extension of the file is renamed to MP3 to get the music player in DC3 and SkyLark to launch it. (a bit of a trick, but it does work).
If codec2 can use be used in such a way that you can just open it natively in the browser, fantastic! If not, then the extra steps required to listen to the file may be an issue for most users. It sounds great as an MP3 (2-3MB), but I haven’t listened to it as a .c2(44-87KB) file as I don’t have a player capable of decoding it at the moment.
@caveman99, is there any way to get a browser to play .c2 files? Or a way to get the DC3 ,at current firmware level, to convert .c2 files to mp3 files for playback? This would be best case if possible. If not, the c2dec converter should definitely be included in the Raspberry Pi project being considered as UI front end for DC4.
Being able to data stream the smaller .c2 and then having the PI convert it to MP3 for consumption would be a great generational improvement for Othernet on DC4+Pi.
@caveman99 Thanks for working on this too!!