APE is a sound file format. In this format, data encoding is performed using Monkey's Audio Lossless. The developer is Matthew T. Ashland of Monkey's Audio. Compression of audio data in this format occurs without loss of quality. The sound quality of APE files is much higher (corresponds to high-end WAV and WAVE formats) than the more common and popular MP3 files, but they take up more space. The software package Adobe Audition allows you to edit the soundtracks of APE files. The format supports the ability to correct write errors.
WMA is a widespread licensed audio stream compression format. Created in 1999 by Signal Processing Group, a member of the IT giant Microsoft. Initially, this company created WMA as a competitor to the popular MP3 format. The name WMA is an abbreviation for Windows Media Audio. Among the advantages of this format is the support of almost all Windows systems and devices, as well as the similarity in characteristics and quality with MP3 files. It is believed that a compressed WMA audio file with a bit rate of 160 kbit / s is fully consistent with the quality of an MP3 file with a bit rate of 256 kbit / s. Today, even Apple devices support the WMA format.