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.
M4B is an audio filename extension for AAC format, which is developed by Apple Inc. It is mainly used on podcast and audiobook files. Typically, M4B files contain audio and other metadata like images, hyperlinks, and chapter markers. M4B files are DRM copy-protected and can be opened on Apple iTunes and QuickTime Player.