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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M4A is a filename extension for AAC container format and is developed by Apple Inc. M4A music is bought on the iTunes Store and does not come with DRM protection. In terms of quality, M4A is better than MP3 because it is lossless but still compressed. This means that it occupies less storage space and doesn’t lose quality over time.
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