APE (Monkey’s Audio) is a lossless audio file format released in 2000 by Matthew T. Ashland. Because it’s a lossless sound format, it doesn’t lose data during compression, unlike other standard formats like AAC, MP3, and Vorbis. However, Monkey’s Audio is available on PC only. To play APE on Mac OS X and Linux, you’ll need a third-party plugin like JRiver Media Center.
AIF (Audio Interchange File/Apple Interchange File Format) is a sound format used on Windows. It comes with a .aif filename extension and .aiff when used on Mac. An AIF file features raw sound data like sample rate, bit depth, and channel (mono/stereo). This file format is also accepted on most CD writers.
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