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.
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.