MOV is one of the most common multimedia file formats. It was developed by Apple Computer, compatible with Macintosh and Windows platforms. It was first used actively in the early 1990s after Apple launched its QuickTime Media Player, so it’s sometimes called QuickTime. At first, it was a unique format for audio and video data, but later its competitors such as AVI, AMV, FLV, Real Media appeared. MOV files are currently standard for storing movies and any other video.
ALAC is the format of a small specialized program called an audio codec. Its main task is to compress a file with digital music without losing its quality. The name of the format created by Apple's IT giant is Apple's abbreviation Lossless Audio Codec. This format may also be called ALE (from Apple Lossless Encoder). Files in this format can play devices even with limited computing resources - such as an iPod. When compressing a file in this format, it is approximately 40-60% of the original file. Now almost every multimedia player based on the libavcodec library is able to play ALAC format files.