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.
WAV, sometimes called WAV, is an audio container format developed by IBM and Microsoft and comes with a .wav filename extension. Unlike popular formats like MP3 and MP4, WAV isn’t a lossy format, so it’s bigger and less popular. WAV files can be opened on various OS platforms via software like Windows Media Player, MPlayer, VLC Media Player, and more.