AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) is a lossy audio format developed by Dolby and Sony Corporation, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Fraunhofer IIS. During compression, AAC eliminates unnecessary data, making it smaller and easier to stream or download. Today, Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads are the biggest users of the AAC format.
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AC3 is an audio format designed by Dolby Digital to offer surround sound listening. This format is available on most Blu-ray and DVD media files and is played using a Dolby Digital DVD Player. Interestingly, AC3 can be output in up to six speakers of a home stereo system. On a computer, AC3 can be opened on VLC Media Player, Apple QuickTime Player, and Windows Media Player.
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