Threedef supports a wide array of the most popular audio formats for playback and CD ripping, so you can enjoy
as many available music formats as you like.
For a full list of formats supported for playback and ripping, see our format support page.
We'd like to take this opportunity to endorse the Xiph project,
and three associated audio formats: Ogg Vorbis,
Speex, which we feel represent the best that
digital audio technology has to offer.
||The best choice for ripping and storing a large collection of music on a hard drive or portable player.
Because Ogg Vorbis stands out with unmatched quality per file size, it's become a de facto standard
format for digital music enthusiasts.
Here's a link to some listening test results
posted at HydrogenAudio.org.
Check out the Xiph project's Dare to Compare page
to compare Ogg Vorbis to some similar formats.
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a lossless compression format. Lossless means that audio stored as
FLAC is played back or restored to its exact, original quality. If you rip a CD to FLAC, you get
full CD quality audio when you play the FLAC file.
Though FLAC files are large (usually 3-4 times the size of an Ogg or MP3 file), they're great for
archival purposes or backup of CD audio.
See also Monkey's Audio and OptimFrog.
||Speex is a codec optimized for storing speech. It offers very high compression ratios for voice data,
and is widely used to transmit speech across the internet, such as in voice-over-IP (VOIP) applications. In
a media library, Speex is very efficient for storing books on tape or other voice-only audio.