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Apple Lossless

Apple Lossless (also known as ALAC) is an audio codec developed by Apple Inc.

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Apple Lossless (also known as ALAC) is an audio codec developed by Apple Inc. for lossless data compression of digital music.

Apple Lossless data is stored within an MP4 container with the filename extension .m4a – this extension is also used by Apple for AAC audio data in an MP4 container (same container, different audio encoding). However, Apple Lossless is not a variant of AAC (which is a lossy format), but rather a distinct lossless format that uses linear prediction similar to other lossless codecs such as FLAC and Shorten. More Info »

All current iPods and iPhones can play Apple Lossless-encoded files. It does not use any digital rights management (DRM) scheme by default. More Info »

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Apple Lossless (sometimes referred to as ALAC) was added by Ola in Mar 2011 and the lastest update was made in Nov 2014. There is a history of activites on Apple Lossless in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Apple Lossless or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.
 
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    FLAC

    Open Source by Josh Coalson | Mac, Windows, Linux, Android

    FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC...


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    LAME

    Open Source by The LAME Project | Mac, Windows, Linux, BSD

    LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL. It is considered the best MP3 encoder at mid-high bitrates and at VBR. Both quality and speed improvements are still...


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    Vorbis

    Open Source by Xiph.Org Foundation | Mac, Windows, Linux

    Ogg Vorbis is a fully open, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality (8kHz-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) audio and music at fixed and variable bitrates from 16 to 128 kbps/channel. This...


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    Opus Interactive Audio Codec

    Open Source by IETF codec working group | Mac, Windows, Linux

    Opus is a totally open, royalty-free, highly versatile audio codec. Opus is unmatched for interactive speech and music transmission over the Internet, but also intended for storage and streaming applications....


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    Nero AAC Codec

    Free* by Nero AG | Windows, Linux

    Nero AAC reference quality MPEG-4 and 3GPP audio codec - Compression ratios ranging from Ultra High (58 CDs fit on one!) to High-End Audio (2.5:1), for absolutely perfect audiophile encodings -...


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    TAK

    Free by Thomas Becker | Windows, Winamp, foobar2000

    »TAK – [T]om’s lossless [a]udio [k]ompressor / [T]oms verlustfreier [A]udio[k]ompressor – is, as the name already suggests, a lossless audio compressor, similar to FLAC, WavPack and Monkey’s Audio. On...




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