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.
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.