Most Common Types of Audio Files and Containers

Most Common Types of Audio Files and Containers

There are many audio file types that you can create in digital audio. They all have different attributes. Understanding the differences among audio formats can help with future audio projects and prepare you to archive and save your own audio if you so choose. You must first look at the extension of your audio files to determine what type they are. The file extension can be described as the series of letters that begin after the dot in an audio file name mp3juice. This guide will address some of most common audio files you might encounter.

Waveform Audio (.WAV)
WAV audio is one the most recognized audio formats. WAV files can be recognized by many users as sound files. WAV is an audio format used by Microsoft from the very beginning of Windows. WAV files are typically uncompressed in the linear code modulation LPCM format. This format is used by audio CDs and can be used to create playable audio CDs. WAV format has a couple of drawbacks. It can’t be larger than 4GB in size because it uses a 32-bit, unsigned integer to record file size header.

Despite its age the WAV file is still one of today’s most popular audio formats.

MPEG-1 Layer 3
The MP3 is the most well-known audio format currently. It’s likely that your grandparents are familiar with the format. Due to its remarkable compression and high quality ratios, MP3 files make up almost all of today’s downloadable music. MP3 files can be compressed to only 10% of a standard WAV format and sound nearly identical. MP3 files are a popular choice because of their sound quality, which can be compressed down to 10% of a standard WAV file. They also fit well on a compact memory card, phone, or PDA.

Free Lossless Audio Coding (.FLAC).
FLAC is a relatively new format, but is quickly becoming the most popular for audiophiles, audiophiles, and enthusiasts. FLAC delivers uncompressed audio at a smaller size than the WAV format. FLAC can be described as a codec, which allows digital audio files to be reduced in size while not losing any information. FLAC algorithms can reduce audio files to approximately 50-60% of their original size, but maintain the same sound quality. FLAC has one major drawback currently. It doesn’t support all devices. But this is likely to change with the increasing popularity of the format.

Ogg Vorbis (.OGG)
Vorbis is an open source software project that produces an Audio Codec for lossy audio formats. Vorbis is most often used in conjunction with Ogg container format. You’ll see it called Ogg Vorbis. Vorbis was founded in 1993. It really began intensive development in 1998 after licensing fees were announced to the MP3 format. Supporters of free software have found Vorbis to be very popular, but it is not as well-known as other formats. Although most digital audio players support it, some users may experience issues with the ability to access it from other devices, such cellular phones or MP3-players.

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