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Algorithm which reduce the amount of digital data by compressing / decompressing video or audio flux. They are called Codec for COmpression / DECompression).

[edit] Audio Codecs

The way the audio is compressed and stored is call the codec which determines how small the file size is. Some file types always use a particular codec. For example, ".mp3" files always use the "MPEG Layer-3" codec. Other files like ".wav" and ".dct" files support selectable codecs. For example, a ".wav" file can be encoded with the "PCM", "GSM6.10", "MPEG3" and many other codecs.

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Wave file compression codecs

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