APE, Monkey's Audio Lossless Audio File (.ape)

The APE Audio file format

APE files are commonly associated with the audio encoding and compression program Monkey's Audio. They are created via lossless compression with no loss of quality during the compression process. APE files can be regarded as bit-for-bit perfect copies of the source file. Since Monkey's Audio is an open source audio encoder, it can be incorporated in a variety of software. It is thus possible that other programs than Monkey's Audio produce APE files.

Technical details of APE files

Next to the compressed audio data, APE files include error detection and tag support. The latter allows to store information about the audio file in the APE file. Sometimes, other files are created alongside with the APE file. These can either be CUE files that contain an audio CD image, or APL files containing metadata.

More information about the APE file format

File extension .ape
File category Audio
Example file Download example.ape file (2.3 MiB)
Associated programs Adobe Audition CC 2015
AIMP
Cog
Monkey's Audio
MPlayer
NCH WavePad
Nullsoft Winamp with Monkey's Audio Plugin
Useful links Get more information about Monkey's Audio
Developer Matthew T. Ashland
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