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Audio File Extensions

As with videos, audio files too have become increasingly diversified with the passage of time. And the PC Beginner may find it tough to remember all of them. So, here is a list of the common audio formats in use currently :

Audio Extension

Type of Format



MPEG Layer-3

The standard audio extension which is used widely in music, having a high compression ratio


Waveform Audio

The basic uncompressed audio format.


Windows Media Audio

The audio format created for Windows by Microsoft.


Musical Instrument Digital Interface

The audio format used for musical instruments. It’s size is low as it does not contain the sound itself but just the information for the CPU about the sound to be played .


Adaptive Multi-Rate Narrow Band

The file format used by sound recorded in Nokia Mobile Phones


Advanced Audio Coding

The format that is used by Apple, Sony & Nintendo which is designed to be a successor to MP3.


Real Audio

The audio format created by Real Networks.


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