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.
ASF (Advanced Systems Format) is a digital multimedia format designed to save and open content online. It is the primary container for Windows Media Video and Windows Media Audio content. Today, ASF supports smooth playback on HTTP servers, media servers, and local storage with programs like Windows Media Player.