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Types of Audio

FLAC
FLAC

While FLAC files are up to six times larger than an MP3, they are half the size of a CD, and can have the same boost in audio quality. Furthermore, FLAC is not just restricted to 16-bit (CD quality), and you can buy files up to 24-bit/192kHz for another potential boost in performance.

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Lossy Compressed Audio Format
Lossy Compressed Audio Format

The word lossy is used in digital audio to describe a type of compression used to store sound data. The algorithm used in a lossy audio format compresses sound data in a way that discards some information in order to minimize file size.

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MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (
MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (

MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) is a standard technology and format for compressing a sound sequence into a very small file (about one-twelfth the size of the original file) while preserving the original level of sound quality when it is played.

Ogg Vorbis (ogg)
Ogg Vorbis (ogg)

Vorbis is an open source patent-free audio compression format, developed as a replacement for proprietary digital audio encoding formats, such as MP3, VQF, and AAC. The Xiph.Org Foundation maintains and oversees Vorbis and Ogg, the container format that Vorbis usually uses. The format is commonly referred to as Ogg Vorbis.

Uncompressed Audio Format
Uncompressed Audio Format

Most WAV files contain uncompressed audio in PCM format. The WAV file is just a wrapper for the PCM encoding, making it more suitable for use on Windows systems. However, Mac systems can usually open WAV files without any issues.

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WAV and AIFF
WAV and AIFF

What is the difference between MP3, WAV and AIFF files? Our WAV files are original master quality and offer more freedom with regards to file manipulation. However, since these original WAV files are devoid of any sort of compression you will find that one minute of music will result in a file that is about 10 MB in size.

Waveform Audio (
Waveform Audio (

Waveform audio is an uncompressed audio format that requires no processing; it stores raw audio that does not need special encoders/decoders to use, making it a very good standard for exchange with different platforms or operating systems such as Windows, Mac and Unix.

Windows Media Audio (wma)
Windows Media Audio (wma)

Windows Media Audio (WMA) is the name of a series of audio codecs and their corresponding audio coding formats developed by Microsoft. It is a proprietary technology that forms part of the Windows Media framework. WMA consists of four distinct codecs.