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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FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a free lossless digital audio format developed by Xiph.Org. A compressed FLAC file can be reduced by between 50-70% of the original size and decompress back to the original sound data. This file format supports metadata like ID3 tags, cover art, and album title.