MPEG, sometimes called MPG, is a video file format popular for distributing content over the internet. It is the sister format to MP4 and MP3 because they share the same developer – Moving Picture Expert Group. MPG format uses either MPEG-2 or MPEG-1 compression, depending on the circumstance. Opening it is usually easy on any OS platform.
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APE (Monkey’s Audio) is a lossless audio file format released in 2000 by Matthew T. Ashland. Because it’s a lossless sound format, it doesn’t lose data during compression, unlike other standard formats like AAC, MP3, and Vorbis. However, Monkey’s Audio is available on PC only. To play APE on Mac OS X and Linux, you’ll need a third-party plugin like JRiver Media Center.