RAM (Real Audio Media) is a flexible audio format developed by RealNetworks in 1995. Initially, it was intended to stream audio/video clips over the internet. It is designed in a way that users can listen to content while the file is still downloading. Today, many radio stations use it to broadcast content online.
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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.