Lossless

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See also: Compression | Lossy

A type of compression that produces the exact same sound, picture, or video as from the source, usually a rip from compact disc or a transfer from a digital camera, it was taken from.

Some lossless codecs such as TTA, FLAC and Monkey Audio can be played in a normal audio player such as Winamp and some like Shorten and multimedia-compressed RAR files must be separately decompressed in order to be listened to.

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Availability on the Internet

Lossless audio appears to get more and more common with broadband connections being more wide available. For example, the BitTorrent website http://bt.etree.org or the Usenet group alt.binaries.sounds.lossless.* tree. A Usenet group dedicated to Monkey's Audio is named alt.binaries.sounds.monkeysaudio.

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