FLAC is a free cross-platform audio codec format created in 2001 by Josh Colson and Xiph.Org. The name of the format is an abbreviation of the English phrase Free Lossless Audio Codec. When compressing a file into the FLAC format, it is 50-60% of the original file without loss of sound quality (especially when working with voice recordings). When unpacking such a file, absolute originality is respected. Since the format is free and open, it is supported by almost any software, it is perfect for archiving files and for regular listening to digital recordings.
AU is an audio file format created in Audacity. This is a free cross-platform program designed to edit audio files. AU format (Audio Units) was developed by Sun Microsystems. This format greatly simplifies the task of reliable storage of audio files. An AU file consists of 3 parts: a header (max. 24 bytes), a description block of various sizes, and audio data. The file format is used on computers running the Sun or Unix operating system. However, it opens with other audio players. The AU format uses the logarithmic encoding method, previously very popular on computers running the Sun SPARCstation operating system. Previous sound file formats, in order to reduce the size, used the logarithmic scale of recording samples. Among the representatives of such formats, the Sun AU group of formats, which are still in action, gained great fame. Problems with opening the AU file usually manifest themselves when there are no corresponding applications that would be installed on the PC. Applications that use .AU files are Apple QuickTime Player, Microsoft Windows Media Player, Real Player, Winamp, and other widely used audio players. And this is the vast majority of professional audio editors.