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Regarding Monkey's Audio (.ape) files not being supported

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Post time 2015-3-12 18:55:06 |Show all posts |
Q: Regarding Monkey's Audio (.ape) files not being supported

A: Owing to complicated algorithms employed in .ape decoding,
(see for example https://xiph.org/flac/images/all-tracks-decode.png)
it is impossible to decode .ape in real time at the highest compression levels and highest bitrates.  The X1 / X5 supports decoding of fast, normal and high compression levels at up to 24bits/96kHz (ie Extra High and Insane compression levels not supported for playback);  at 24bits/192kHz only Fast compression decoding is supported.  If you find your .ape file to be at an unsupported compression level / sample rate combination (eg by examining the file's properties in foobar2000), you may re-encode the file to a supported .ape compression level or even another lossless codec (eg FLAC) with no loss in quality.

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Post time 2015-3-13 19:15:08 |Show all posts |
Don't know why people use ape, it would simplify things if everyone used flac.
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Vomer, there are a few very good reasons people use .ape or Monkey Audio. First of all it is older than flac, which means all my old rips are in .ape. Secondly Monkey Audio creates smaller files. It achieves higher compression, by using a more complicated algorithm. Like many people I started out with ape as a lossless format. Should I spend days converting all my files, or a few minutes finding a player capable of dealing with all formats? I know which I find easier. And see, that's why some people use Ape.
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