Download Monkeys Audio ( APE )
Monkey’s Audio is a free and powerful way to compress digital music. Unlike some other methods, like mp3, ogg, or lqt that permanently discard quality to save space, Monkey’s Audio only makes bit-for-bit copies of your music. That means it always sounds exactly the same as the original.
Even though the sound is perfect, it still saves a lot of space (think of it as a Winzip for music). You can always decompress your Monkey’s Audio files back to the exact, original files. That way, you’ll never have to recopy your CD collection to switch formats, and you’ll always be able to recreate the original music CD if something ever happens to yours.
Features: Efficient (fast and great compression) * Absolutely no quality loss (lossless compression) * Media Center, Winamp, and more support * The Windows environment interface is both powerful and easy to use * It incorporates redundant CRC’s to ensure proper decompression of data (errors never go unnoticed) * Tagging support – Monkey’s Audio uses its own APE Tags so you can manage and catalogue your Monkey’s Audio collection. * External coder support – you can use Monkey’s Audio as a front-end for your encoding needs
To burn APE files with Nero, you need the Nero APE plugin.