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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AU is an audio format standard in early web pages NEXT systems. It is also called u-law or Sparc-audio format. Typically, AU files can store audio data and annotation blocks. Initially, it was a headerless audio format, but newer versions have a header, thanks to the six unsigned 32.bit words.