We have chosen the most popular audio formats among the online community. Both MP3 files and CD-Quality Apple Lossless (ALAC) files will play in iTunes and on your iPod, iPad, iPhone and other devices. ALAC files sound better than MP3s becuase they are true CD Quality. MP3 files are the standard format, and FLAC and ALAC files are the premium formats. With all files you can continue to use your favorite audio applications and CD burning software. The standard MP3 files, encoded at 256 kbps (near-CD quality) are easy to download, easy to burn to CD, easy to transfer to portable players and sound great. However, MP3 files are compressed and therefore may not sound quite as good as the original source recording to a critical ear. MP3 files are versatile enough to use on both your computer and home stereo system. Many portable players that play digital music files can only play MP3 files. For fans who desire higher fidelity, we also offer two premium formats. Both FLAC and Apple Lossless (ALAC) use "lossless" compression which means that the source audio file is compressed, but without sacrificing any of the audio information contained in the master recording. An extracted FLAC or ALAC file sounds identical to the original source (44.1 kHz, 16 bit stereo). The hi-fidelity FLAC and ALAC files are much larger files and will take longer to download. Be sure to check compatibility with your favorite software or portable player. Please see the software FAQ for more information.
What's the difference between MP3, FLAC and ALAC (Apple Lossless) formats? Print
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