MP3 is the world’s most popular audio file format and has support on multiple platforms ranging from portable players, to theatre systems, to car audio players that support the format; WMA is an audio format developed by Microsoft which is very competitive with MP3 and has additional features such as file security to ensure that your music collection is not copied by someone else and distributed.
The Windows Media file WMA is automatically produced once audio files are ripped using Windows Media Player. While this format is useful for most computer based players especially those created by Microsoft it may not be the best option for external devices that are not compatible with this format. MP3 is a more popular format that is widely used in most or all players.
Converting video files to MP4 is quite simple once an appropriate converter is used. MP4 is a popular format that allows good video quality at relatively smaller sizes. Because of this MP4s are now widely used in several different types of digital devices including the iPod, iPad, iTouch, PSP, Nintendo Wii and many others.
The term VCD is short for Video Compact Disc and refers to a CD that contains both video or pictures and audio; the compression standard used on VCDs is MPEG and as such VCDs can be played in all computers with a DVD or CD ROM drive and in almost any DVD player.
PDF is short for Portable Document Format which is a file format developed by Adobe; PDF files are available online for download as electronic copies of printed material.
The MP4 format is useful for the storage of audio and video data. The advantage of this file format is that it allows the content to be stored in a more compact format. This means that an MP4 will use less space than a conventional MPEG 2 file. Because of this, it has become a popular format that is often used on computer based players.
The word abbreviation MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts Group and not only defines the various video and audio standards but also speaks of the organization; the MPEG organization or group has brought the world various technologies such as the well-known DVD standard which is based on the MPEG2 video standard and the rising HD formats such as BluRay which is based on the MPEG4-AVC standard.
MP4 and AVI are both video file formats that are used in the computer world; AVI is the older and more popular of the two formats and as such more programs are available on the market that will support AVI files.
The MP3 file format is the audio format of choice for persons worldwide for music and other audio files including audio lessons and other playback; MP3 is a lossy file format which means that audio files saved in this format lose some of the original quality.
Despite the fact that MP3 files are the most popular audio file formats in use today there are still other formats that are used for various different applications that may or may not be proprietary; the term proprietary here means that the audio format may require either special or specific hardware or software to play the file.