While we've mentioned many different lossless and lossy audio formats before, we've never really explained what they were. If you're confused about the differences between MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC and other formats, our friends at The How-To Geek explain it for you.
You may understand the difference between lossless and compressed audio, but be unaware of the differences between different compressed formats, or you may just be confused every time someone drops one of those terms. Over at The How-To Geek, they've put together a great explainer on the differences between each format, what you can do with them, and given you some tips on which ones are the best to use in any given situation (without getting into the annoying argument of "whether audiophiles can actually hear the difference"). Hit the link to check it out, and if you have a favourite format in which you rip all your audio, let us know why in the comments.
HTG Explains: What Are the Differences Between All Those Audio Formats? [The How-To Geek]