WMA (Windows Media Audio) is a collection of multiple sound codecs and their respective coding formats. It was developed by Microsoft in 1999 as part of its Windows Media framework. WMA features up to four codecs, including WMA, WMA Pro, WMA Lossless, and WMA Voice. Each codec has its own distinct function.
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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.