RM is a video file format developed by RealNetworks. It uses the RealPlayer player, that is, a program for streaming audio and video files. The format contains audio and video data or links to streaming, which can be played back as it downloads. The RealMedia Player program was in great demand when they connected to the Internet using a modem, and when there was practically no broadband access to the global network. The large compression ratio of the format provided the opportunity to carry out online transmission of video and audio data. The quality of the output file, as a rule, was low. Today, such files are often used in order to broadcast Internet radio and Internet video. In the .RM format, music and video are found on the global network or on Western cable channels, on Internet radio stations. Support for this format is carried out by such mobile phones and smartphones as Nokia, Ericsson, Sony, iPhone, as well as mobile devices that operate on the Google Android operating system. Files with the extension .RM are compressed using proprietary codecs RealVideo and RealAudio. Individual Real Media files can be played using a VLC media player that partially supports RM files.
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.