What is APE?
Audio Format DescriptionAPE is the filename extension for Monkey’s Audio, which is a fast and easy audio compression format. Unlike most other formats which are lossy (where some data is lost while decompressing), Monkey’s Audio is lossless (allowing exact same data to be reconstructed).
The main advantage of Monkey Audio lies in its being lossless. Despite the file being compressed to up to 50%, it retains the original quality of sound no matter how many times it is decompressed and then compressed again. Another advantage of Monkey Audio is that the speed at which the file is compressed and decompressed is very fast and accurate. Other features include high efficiency, easy usability, error detection, and it comes completely free. It also supports its own tags, which makes cataloging and managing an audio collection easy. With Monkey Audio, one will easily be able to recreate the original music collection in case something happens to the CDs. There won’t also be any need to switch formats in case there is a change in technology. Together, all these features make Monkey Audio the ideal format for distribution, playback, and archival purposes.
The only drawback with this file format is that it is proprietary. In other words, its support on platforms other than Windows is erratic, and playback is slow on portable audio devices. This makes Monkey Audio less popular than its main rival FLAC, also a lossless format, which supports more platforms and usually comes preinstalled with Linux.
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