|A fast and powerful lossless audio compressor|
|Initial release||2000 (19 years ago)|
|Recommended encoder||4.77 (10 June 2019)|
Monkey's Audio (APE) is a freeware lossless audio compression format with a highly competitive compression algorithm, and is used primarily by Windows users. Although software is available for Linux, Monkey's Audio is not as popular among this operating system's users. Monkey's Audio suffers from slow decompression speeds as compared to other lossless audio codecs.
Monkey's Audio uses a combination of traditional lossless compression tactics (linear prediction and channel coupling) and a simple neural network. To store the output values of its prediction step it uses range coding, modified to work well with more or less continuous values.
Its main competitor is FLAC, which has more features than Monkey's Audio (streaming support, for example) and hardware support to its advantage, though its efficiency in compression is not as great.
Monkey's Audio is released under a "custom" license that allows you to do pretty much anything with the source code, on the provision that you ask the author for permission.
- Monkey's Audio Decoder for foobar2000 Provides decoding support for (.APE) Monkey's Audio files.
Setting up FFmpeg Decoder Wrapper in foobar2000. foobar2000 Menu select Configure > playback > decoding > FFmpeg Decoder Wrapper ( Monkey's Audio )
- FFmpeg Decoder Wrapper requires ffmpeg
Windows 10 - Assign path for ffmpeg in the Enviroment Variables select system variables Path > edit > new > C:\ffmpeg\Bin assuming you have ffmpeg extracted at this location.
this setup was tested using "sherpya" ffmpeg x86_64 build.