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What is APE?

Monkey's Audio (APE) is used by Windows users mostly. It is a free lossless audio compression format with a highly competitive compression algorithm. Although software is available for Linux, Monkey's Audio is not as popular among this operating system's users. Decompression speeds of Monkey's Audio is too slow compared to other lossless audio codecs.

Monkey's Audio successfully combines traditional lossless compression tactics (linear prediction and channel coupling) and a simple Neural network. To store the output values of its prediction step it uses Range coding, which is modified to work well with more or less continuous values.

Monkey's Audio's main competitor is FLAC, which has more features than Monkey's Audio (streaming support, for example) and hardware support to its advantage, though its efficiency in compression is not as great.

Monkey's Audio is released under a "custom" license. That means that you can do pretty much anything with the source code, just don't forget to ask the author for permission.

APE files can not be played by all modern audio players. If you want to transfer your PAE files to your iPod, Zune, any cell or smart phone, use a good audio converter.

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  • APE to AAC, WMA, WAV, APE
  • APE to iPod, iPhone, iPad
  • APE to any cell phone
  • Add music to Archos, PSD, xBox
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Total Audio Converter supports the following conversions with APE format files:
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