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.
Ogg is a relatively young format of modern audio formats, which is consistently among the three most popular and competes worthy with MP3. This format (full name Ogg Audio File) appeared in 2002, was developed by the nonprofit organization Xiph.Org Foundation, is free and free. Ogg files are very convenient for storing data, because they have a high degree of compression. For users, Ogg is attractive precisely for this, as well as high quality sound. It is also attractive because it is an effective alternative to paid audio formats. You can listen to these files in Winamp, AIMP, VLC, XMMS software players.