M4P (MPEG-4 Protected) is a digital audio file extension for the AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) container format. It uses lossy compression and is an audio-only file. In most cases, M4P files are purchased on Apple iTunes, which means they are DRM-protected. M4A is the unprotected version of M4P.
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) is a lossy audio format developed by Dolby and Sony Corporation, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Fraunhofer IIS. During compression, AAC eliminates unnecessary data, making it smaller and easier to stream or download. Today, Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads are the biggest users of the AAC format.
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