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Audio File Formats
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Quality
Acronym
Full Name
Used In
Developer
Type
Lossy
5
MP3
MPEG-1 Audio Layer III
Early pirated music downloads
Fraunhofer (ISO)
Compressed
AAC
Advanced Audio Encoding
Apple, YouTube, Nintendo, PlayStation
Fraunhofer (ISO)
Compressed
WMA
Windows Media Audio
Microsoft
Microsoft
Compressed
OGG
Ogg Vorbis
Spotify
Xiph (Open Source)
Compressed
MQA
Master Quality Authenticated
Tidal
Meridian
Compressed
Lossless
4
WAV
Waveform Audio Format
Microsoft
IBM + Microsoft
Uncompressed
AIFF
Audio Interchange File Format
Apple
Apple
Uncompressed
FLAC
Free Lossless Audio Codec
Hi-Res Files
Xiph (Open Source)
Compressed
ALAC
Apple Lossless Audio Codec
Hi-Res Files Apple
Apple (Open Source)
Compressed
Storage Formats
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Name
Bit Depth
Sample Rate
Bitrate
Quality
1
MP3’s
16-bit
44.1 kHz
128 kbps
2
Modern Streaming (AAC/OGG)
16-bit
44.1 kHz
256 kbps 320 kbps
3
CD’s
16-bit
44.1 kHz
705 kbps
4
Hi-Res Files & Streaming (FLAC/MQA/etc)
24-bit+
96 kHz+
2,304 kbps
5
Vinyl
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