There are way more audio formats than just your typical mp3 file that you listen to. The audio world is filled with different formats for different purposes. Here You can learn about some of the most common formats.
Mp3’s are the most common format. They have small files
and good quality. Most devices support them.
Audio File Format)
Wav’s are uncompressed audio format. They are usually
used in recordings. Being uncompressed the files tend to be
larger. Most devices support them.
Wma is Microsoft audio format. It is a compressed format but
doesn’t compress much. Not many devices support them.
Ogg’s aren’t that common. They are one of the best
formats. They compress the smallest and have excellent quality.
They aren’t supported by many devices.
Interchange File Format)
Aiff’s are used on Cd’s and Itunes. They re
basically Apples format. Theya re uncompressed. Most devices don’t
support them unless there used in the right way.*
Aac’s are compressed files. The format was invented to be
a successor for mp3. They are used in iTunes downloads and
YouTube. They aren’t supported by many devices unless used
in the right way.*
Flac’s are the least uncommon compressed format. They are
used in music downloads. Apple’s Itunes doesn’t
support it. They aren’t supported by many devices unless
used in the right way.*
Vox’s are used mostly in recordings. They are old and
aren’t used often. They have terrible quality. Most devices
don’t support them.
There are many more audio formats out there. These are just a
few of the ones that are seen and used the most. You most likely
use more of the formats than you think.
*= In order to play a special player is required. Just do a
simple google search and find one that supports it.