Audio Formats to Convert YouTube Videos to Audio
When you’re using a Mac YouTube converter, you should know there are two types of audio quality provided by various formats: lossless or lossy. Lossless audio retains its original quality, whereas lossy loses some during the compression process. If you want to know how to convert YouTube to MP3 and find the best ratio between quality and sound, check out the following article.
MP3 is at the same time a file extension and a compression method that is based on the MPEG standard to reduce the size of audio files by a factor of 12. The thing with MP3 is that even though they do miracles at saving storage space, the quality is still comparable to a CD and that has allowed an entire class of products to be rolled out. Remember how amazed you were when the iPod was able to fit a thousand songs into your pocket? You have MP3 to thank for that.
The audio quality is measured in bitrate and expressed in kilobytes per second (kbps). The higher the bitrate, the better the quality. With MP3, the common bitrates for MP3 files range between 128 kbps and 256 kbps.
Even though MP3 is one of the most popular audio formats on earth right now, Apple doesn’t use it to distribute music. Despite being compatible with iTunes and other iOS devices, MP3 is not the format of choice for iPhone and iPad devices.
Another format that you probably see often listed in the presentations of Mac YouTube converter software is OGG. This open-source file format is versatile as it can contain music, video, text, and other data. OGG is optimized for streaming content and it has an open license.
An extension that was considered by many the successor of MP3, M4A is encoded using advanced audio coding ( AAC) and offers lossy compression. M4A stands for MPEG 4 Audio and that should already ring a bell since MPEG 4 is a container used for video files as well. M4A was developed as a third layer in MPEG 1 and 2 video files that were used with DVD players back in the day.
Short for Windows Media Audio, .wma is, as you might imagine, a file type invented by Microsoft. It is natively supported on Windows Media Player on all devices and it was designed to compete with AAC and MP3 for supremacy in audio files. Unfortunately, its incompatibility with Apple devices means that it doesn’t see much use. QuickTime can’t read the extension either, so if you really want to play WMA on a Mac, you’ll need a Mac YouTube converter to get the job done.
FLAC may ring a bell to all audiophiles out there. A format that is actually an acronym for Free Lossless Audio Codec, it does an outstanding job at reducing the size of audio files up to 60% without any quality loss. While FLAC isn’t compatible with iTunes or iOS devices, you can still play it through third-party software.
WAV stands for Waveform Audio Format and it’s a high-quality audio format used mostly on CDs. There’s no compression in WAV files and that’s why they require a lot more space than AAC or MP3. For context, with WAV you need around 10 MB for 1 minute of audio, while MP3 can fit a minute in 1 MB. WAV is compatible with Apple devices as well and represents a great choice for music lovers.