WMA is a widespread licensed audio stream compression format. Created in 1999 by Signal Processing Group, a member of the IT giant Microsoft. Initially, this company created WMA as a competitor to the popular MP3 format. The name WMA is an abbreviation for Windows Media Audio. Among the advantages of this format is the support of almost all Windows systems and devices, as well as the similarity in characteristics and quality with MP3 files. It is believed that a compressed WMA audio file with a bit rate of 160 kbit / s is fully consistent with the quality of an MP3 file with a bit rate of 256 kbit / s. Today, even Apple devices support the WMA format.
3GA is a 3GPP audio file created in 1998. It was created by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project. It is used mainly on mobile devices in order to record, play and transmit audio data. 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) is a consortium that develops specifications for mobile telephony. The format resembles 3GP files, however, it includes only audio data. In most cases, 3GA files are used by mobile phones in order to record and transmit audio data. For example, this is how audio is recorded in Samsung Galaxy phones. The .3GA file extension can be changed to .3GP, which is widespread. Everything is supported by many programs. The 3GA format uses an adaptive coding audio codec with variable speed (AMR, AMR-NB, GSM-AMR). The development of this codec was done in order to compress encoded speech signals using adaptive modulation. In 1999, the 3GPP consortium adopted the Adaptive Variable Rate Coding (AMR) standard. Currently, it is used by GSM and UMTS communication systems. It is this format for speech recording that has found wide application on mobile devices. We note at the same time that it is not possible to play such files very often on certain devices.