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Digital media audio file formats

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MP3
most popular audio file format

standard for downloading and storing music files

commonly used for streaming over the Internet
WAV
standard file format for PCs

native sound format within the Windows® environment
WMA
uses Windows® Media Player for audio playback

Microsoft® format used for streaming audio files
MIDI
Musical Instrument Digital Interface

standard file format used by digital instruments

(keyboards, guitars, etc.)

*contains information about musical notes
AAC/M4A
standard file format for Apple® Computers

higher quality sound than .MP3

*standard file format used by mobile devices