Audio Quality

An audio file format is a file format for storing digital audio data on a computer system. The bit layout of the audio data (excluding metadata) is called the audio coding format and can be uncompressed, or compressed to reduce the file size, often using lossy compression. The data can be a raw bitstream in an audio coding format, but it is usually embedded in a container format or an audio data format with defined storage layer. Read more.

MUSISCO supports the following audio formats for Hi-Res and CD-Quality files:

  • FLAC: Recommended This lossless compression format is compatible with High-Definition/CD-Quality files. It occupies around half the space of WAV. It supports metadata. It is a royalty-free format that is widely used for downloading and storing lossless albums. FLAC
  • ALAC (in M4A extension): This is an Apple-developed lossless compression standard. Apple releases the codec as free source in 2011. As a result, there is no obligation of allegiance. Read more about ALAC
  • WV (WavPack): WavPack is a completely open-source audio compression standard that supports lossless, high-quality lossy, and a novel hybrid method of compression. Read more about WavPack
  • WAV: This is the uncompressed standard format which all CDs are encoded It offers excellent audio quality. However, its sizes are enormous (especially for Hi-Res Audio files). It lacks adequate metadata support.. Read more about WAV
  • AIFF: AIFF is an uncompressed standard format for storing digital sound on electrical devices. It consumes a greater amount of disk space than FLAC.. Read more about AIFF

For High Quality files, MUSISCO supports these audio formats:

  • MP3: Recommended The widely used lossy compressed format assures tiny file sizes but far from optimal sound quality. However, it's convenient for storing music on smartphones and portable devices. Read more about MP3
  • AAC: (in AAC, M4A and MP4 extensions): Advanced Audio Coding is Apple's alternative to MP3. Although it is lossy and compressed, it often sounds better than MP3. Read more about AAC
  • Vorbis: (in OGG OGA and OPUS extensions): It's lossy, open-source format alternative to MP3 and AAC, unrestricted by patents. Read more about Vorbis , Ogg and Opus
  • WMA: Microsoft developed Windows Media Audio, a lossy audio format. It was initially launched in 1999 to work with Microsoft's Windows Media Player. Read more about WMA