MP3 is a standard audio format developed by Moving Picture Experts Group and uses MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 standardizations. MP3 uses lossy data compression, meaning that it loses quality over time. This sound format comes with a .mp3 filename extension and is today the most common audio format on websites and multimedia players.
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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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