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There is a wide range of music formats for downloading and playing music over the Internet. These have evolved because of the different operating system platforms. Here are a few of the more common music file formats:

  • MP3
  • MIDI
  • AU
  • AIFF
  • RA
  • WAV.

Although most players can play several formats, it is the MP3 format that has taken hold of the industry. Huge sales of electronic devices called MP3 players have been boosted by the ease of downloading music from the Internet to your computer and then to the device.

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