DAT file is a file format written to save sounds, midi, wave, pallets, images, and levels. In short, this file format contains vital information for specific software, and the data is usually in either binary or plain text. In rare cases, DAT files may include a video file. DAT files are opened using text editors like Notepad++ and TextEdit.
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.