APE is the extension name of the Monkey’s Audio, which is an algorithm and file format for lossless audio data compression. Officially, .ape is merely available for Windows platforms. Therefore, to open .ape on other devices like Mac and Android phone, the owners have to download the third-party media player like JRiver Media Center. Or, they need to convert the .ape to a format suitable for other devices like MP3, which has a smaller size and is compatible with almost the mainstream platforms. This article includes two parts. The first part is the specific steps to convert APE to MP3. And the second part is the extended information about the Monkey’s Audio.
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To convert .ape to .mp3, the video converter is needed. The one we pick today is f2fsoft Video Converter. So before the conversion, please download this APE to MP3 converter on the Mac in advance. The method described below is equally applicable to convert M4A to MP3.
A brief introduction of f2fsoft Video Converter:
This video converter allows users to convert 100+ videos and audios such as converting MOV to MP4 or converting WMA to MP3. Meanwhile, it is a video editor, supporting to add watermark & subtitles, apply 3D effects, and cut out clips and merge them into one video. Besides, it is easy to use, even the students can do this perfectly.
Ok, it is time to start the operations.
Step1: load .ape files
After installing the APE to MP3 converter, run it on the computer and load the .ape files from the local pc by clicking the Add File button.
Step2: optionally edit the audio
Tick the audio, you will see the edit function turn on from gray. Pitch on the Clip button, you could cut out the unwanted part and adjust the original volume of the audio.
Step3: pick output format
Click the drop-down button behind Profile to select the output format of .mp3: General Audio > MP3-MPEG-Layer-3-Audio.
Open the setting page; adjust the sample rate and audio bitrate to reduce the quality loss.
Step4: convert to MP3 file
As all the preparations have been done, the last step is to click the Convert button to begin the work.
Through the operations above, you should be able to play the converted .ape on the Mac and mobiles. If you want to know more about Monkey Audio, you can continue the reading.
There are four lossless audio formats: .ape, .aiff, .alac, and .wav. Compare to .wav and .flac, Monkey’s Audio’s advantages are better compression and multicore support. The main drawbacks are limited platform and playback device. Like any lossless compression scheme, Monkey’s Audio takes up several times as much space as lossy compression formats. A .ape file is 3-5 times as large as a 192kbit/s bitrate MP3 file.
Normally, lossless compression only changes the way the source file is recorded. It’ll degrade the volume but does not irreversibly destroy the metadata. On the contrary, lossy compression will directly delete the digital information outside or even within the man’s hearing range. Therefore, it’s still necessary to carefully consider before the conversion.
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