M4A is a filename extension for AAC container format and is developed by Apple Inc. M4A music is bought on the iTunes Store and does not come with DRM protection. In terms of quality, M4A is better than MP3 because it is lossless but still compressed. This means that it occupies less storage space and doesn’t lose quality over time.
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AC3 is an audio format designed by Dolby Digital to offer surround sound listening. This format is available on most Blu-ray and DVD media files and is played using a Dolby Digital DVD Player. Interestingly, AC3 can be output in up to six speakers of a home stereo system. On a computer, AC3 can be opened on VLC Media Player, Apple QuickTime Player, and Windows Media Player.
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