APE (Monkey's Audio) is an algorithm and file
format for lossless audio data compression. Monkey's Audio does not discard data
during the process of encoding, unlike lossy compression methods such as AAC,
MP3, Vorbis and Musepack.
Data file compression is employed in order to reduce bandwidth, file transfer
time, or storage requirements. A digital recording (such as a CD) encoded to the
Monkey's Audio format can be decompressed into an identical copy of the original
audio data. As with the FLAC and Apple Lossless format, files encoded to Monkey's
Audio are typically reduced to about half of the original size, with data transfer
rates and bandwidth requirements being reduced accordingly.
Monkey's Audio's advantages are better compression rates compared to FLAC and
WavPack, as well as multithreading/multicore support. Monkey's Audio main drawbacks
are the fact that it employs a symmetric algorithm, meaning the decoding takes
comparable resources to encoding, which makes it unsuitable for all but the fastest
portable players (via Rockbox firmware), and that it has limited support on software
platforms other than Windows; on other platforms only decoding is officially supported
by third-party programs. Although the original source code is freely available,
the license is not considered to be an open source one.
Monkey's Audio files use the filename extension .ape for audio, and .apl for
track metadata. Sometimes created with .CUE files to comprise an audio CD image.
To play APE file, you need to install an APE player such as foobar2000, Winamp.
I'm here to recommend you the foobar2000. As it's free
and nice. The important is the freeware burns
APE to CD easily.
foobar2000 is a convenient and flexible media player that you can load with
all of your favorite music and customize to suit your specific needs and preferences.
After a bit of setup, you can use this app in just about any way you see fit to
manage your media library.
Please install the foobar2000 after download completes, and then download and
install the Monkey's Audio Decoder component for playing APE file.
To install the APE Decoder component, please right-click on the file and choose
"Install". Now, the foobar2000 could play the APE and APL files. If
there is a CUE file associated with your APE file, please add the CUE file to
the foobar2000. The freeware will load the associated APE file with separated
To let foobar2000 burn audio CD, you need to install another component. It's
Audio CD Writer. Please download the component from the following link.
And then, install the component by right-clicking the file and choosing "Install".
To burn APE to CD, please add the APE files to foobar2000 freeware,
and then select the APE files that you want to burn to CD and then right-click
on the items and choose "Write audio CD."
And then, insert a CD-R or CD-RW disc to CD burner, and then start burn.
foobar2000 freeware works with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista,
Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Windows 7, and Windows 8, both 32-bit
and 64-bit editions compatible.