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.
RA is a streaming audio file category format designed to play audio over a wide area network. The RA (RealAudio) file format was developed by RealNetworks in the mid-90s of the last century. The file itself contains encoded audio information, but it may also contain links to audio content. It may contain audio data or reference an audio streaming file. In order to compress the data, they use their own Real compression algorithm with a variable bitrate, as well as a variety of codecs. The .ra file format is a common format required to play streaming audio on the Internet. Real Audio is a standard format for playing audio clips in a web browser. As a rule, they use the RealOne Player to play it. However, due to the fact that it is completely unsuitable and clogged with advertising, they recommend the RealAlternative package. Previously, most radio stations broadcasting online used this particular format. Also until 2009, the format was used on its website by BBC. Currently, the RA format is not so popular among those who broadcast online, since new technologies have already been introduced.