RA (RealAudio) is an audio format released in 1995 by RealNetworks. It uses multiple audio codecs, including high-fidelity music formats and low-bitrate formats. Since its introduction, the RA format has been mainly used by radio stations to stream audio online. Also, up until 2009, the BBC has been using it to stream sounds online.
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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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