When uploading a file, what's the best file format to use?

MP3, OGG and WMA formats are considered "lossy compression formats", designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio. Because the files are considerably smaller than uncompressed files, these two formats are popular for online use, where download times are an important factor. However, most audio purists feel that AIF and WAV files offer a better choice for digital encoding since the format offers a "lossless" storage method (all samples of the audio are preserved).  FLAC is also a popular choice.  Many of our artists prefer using the WAV format for maximum audio quality.


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