Comparison between APE and FLAC

Both APE and FLAC are lossless audio files. But what is the difference between them? How to convert them between each other or to other media format? This article will tell you all about them.


Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC)

FLAC is a lossless codec developed by Josh Coalson. FLAC stands out as the fastest and most widely supported lossless audio codec, and the only one that at once is non-proprietary, is unencumbered by patents, has an open-source reference implementation and has several other independent implementations.



Monkey’s Audio (APE)

Monkey’s Audio is a very efficient lossless compressor developed by Matt Ashland. It is a fast and easy way to compress digital music. Unlike traditional methods such as mp3, ogg, or wma that permanently discard quality to save space, Monkey’s Audio only makes perfect, bit-for-bit copies of your music. That means it always sounds perfect – exactly the same as the original. Even though the sound is perfect, it still saves a lot of space (think of it as a beefed-up Winzip™ your music). The other great thing is that you can always decompress your Monkey’s Audio files back to the exact, original files. That way, you’ll never have to recopy your CD collection to switch formats, and you’ll always be able to perfectly recreate the original music CD.




Both APE and FLAC are lossless compressed audio format and have good sound quality. However, FLAC is larger and has more compatible player than APE. Moreover, APE can only be played on Windows System.

If you are interested in converting APE / FLAC to other audio format, I would like to recommend you to use a professional media converter – Video Converter Ultimate.
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Source: wiki hydrogenaudio

  • jhonatan

    error monkey audio también tienen soporte en GNU/LINUX