Ask any music lover about the file format which he or she prefers and you’d probably get a detailed information about which one is used and why. After the time when mp3 music format was created lots of alternative file formats for music encoding such as FLAC, ALAC, AAC, AA, OGG and many other.  Lots of such formats were created in order to show the world that mp3 is not the monopolist who has come to occupy everyone and they don’t really have any advantages over the main leader, however some of such formats really do have some. So, let’s see which format intended for and what are the advantages.
Mp3 (MPEG LAYER III) is still the most popular music file format all over the world. It uses the technology of audio information compressing which eliminates audio frequencies that are hardly perceived by human’s ear.
OGG file format was born in 1992 as an alternative to paid audio formats. Also OGG supports 255 separate audio channels (instead of usual stereo), that is why it mostly used for DVDs that are played in home theaters.
WAV (or Microsoft Wave) is a file format which is probably second the most popular and wide-spread audio format. The main disadvantage is that WAV files are not compressed.
WMA (Windows Media Audio) is rather perspective audio format but as for the moment people don’t really like it because there are errors of all kinds as people say.
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is the most popular file format among true music lovers. This format doesn’t take any pieces out of audio stream so you can enjoy every single note, noise, instrument, accent and other details of music.
AAC (stands for Advanced Audio Coding) – music file format which is getting its popularity due to spreading IPod culture all across the world. It is lossless music coding with usage of ALAC profile based on MPEG-4 technology. To cut a long story short, AAC gives you better quality of music than mp3 does with the same or a little bit lower bit rate.
DTS (Digital Theater System) is a direct rival of Dolby Digital and it has some real chances to win the battle. DTS uses minimal rate of compressing what guarantees better quality of sound. It supports 6 separate soundtracks, 7.1 sound systems and so on.
These are the most common file formats but there are twice as many or even more file formats exist in the world today so you always have something to choose from.

One Response to “The quality of various music file formats”
  1. Steve says:

    I’m not an expert but I’ve heard FLACC is the best

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