What is the difference between the available file types?
posted this on December 08, 2011 17:01
Artists offer digital audio in a variety of formats, which include some or all of the following:
MP3 Our MP3s are the highest bitrate possible (320kbps) and will play on any MP3 player. Read more about MP3 here.
Apple Lossless Apple Lossless files are as good or better than CD quality. These files may be played in iTunes, or other Apple devices. Read more about Apple Lossless here.
FLAC FLAC files are lossless and can be as good or better than CD quality but will not play in iTunes or Windows Media Player. Read more about FLAC here. Note: FLAC files cannot carry meta data, so you won't receive album art, track names, etc.
MP3HD MP3HD is a lossless format but is backwards compatible with the MP3 format because it stores two data streams in a single file. These files are playable in most MP3 players but you'll need a specialized program or device to experience the lossless quality. We have a Knowledge Base article that provides more information about MP3HD and what's required to playback the files here.
Source Source audio is the format the artist uploaded directly onto our platform. This format is lossless and can be Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF or FLAC. Rest assured, the audio you download is exactly as was uploaded by the artist.
If you need help with your download, check our Download FAQs here.