MP3 is the most common music (sound) file format. This format was developed by Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson. This format for storing and transmitting music (sound) files in digital form uses signal compression technology. That is why, unlike the previously widespread WAV format, MP3 files (full name - MPEG Audio Layer-3) are much smaller in size, and their sound quality is much higher. The MP3 format was one of the first and most successful sound compression methods. One of the important characteristics of this process is the degree of compression, that is, how much data is transferred per unit of time. Standard MP3 encoding is from 64 to 320 kb / s.
KAR is the original format of audio files for creating karaoke, which are formed in a variety of software systems. It has the ability to save not only MIDI file data, but also lyrics. The KAR format is part of the .midi extension. In most cases, they are used as a source for adding special text to regular MIDI files, and they also differ from the Karaoke file. After all, there is no additional track with words that are synchronized with the main melody according to certain algorithms. As a rule, in order to realize the vocal part, you must apply the first track. For a stream of words, a second track is used. This file extension can be obtained using specialized software. But not only. It can also be created using MIDI keyboards that are connected to computer hardware. If there are appropriate plugins, then you can open the KAR file using the Media Player traditional for the Windows operating system. Anyone using the Mac OS platform can play KAR files in the Mireth Technology Music Man karaoke application. But the universal option for this pair of systems is PG Music Band-in-a-Box. This software is the most popular among analogues. Together with the .KAR extension, they sometimes provide reference data on where audio catalogs and item metadata associated with audio tracks are located. It is also possible that there is information about the artist and about the albums.