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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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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