What Is the File Extension EAC-APE?

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With an increasing number of computer software programs available, it can be hard to keep track of the different types of files and just what particular file extensions mean. Two types of audio files, which can be used together, are EAC and APE.

EAC

  • A few different programs use the file extension EAC, including EmEditor Auto Completion and Easy Anti-Cheat. But, there is also Exact Audio Copy, an audio software program that can be paired with APE files.

Function

  • Exact Audio Copy is a free software program that rips songs from an audio CD and saves them onto a computer's hard drive.

APE

  • The extension .ape is used with files from Monkey's Audio, an audio compression software program that also can be downloaded for free.

Process

  • Open the EAC program and insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive. In the "Compression Options" menu, select .ape. EAC will extract the song tracks from the CD and compress them using the Monkey's Audio format, saving them as an .ape file.

Benefits

  • Compressing the files allows them to take up less memory space on the hard drive, while maintaining the sound quality. With Monkey's Audio, the files can also be decompressed to their original size.

References

  • Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Blake Patterson
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