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Glossary of Terms

A list of definitions explaining some of the terminology that is used on this website.
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10 Important Digital Music Terms You Should Know
Digital music is full of terms and abbreviations that you might not understand if you are a beginner. The good news is that you don't need to know many in order to start listening, streaming, and doing all the other things that makes owning a digital music library fun. For a quick rundown, read this article that showcases the essential terms in digital music you should know.

Cloud Storage Definition: What is Cloud Storage?
Cloud storage definition: what is cloud storage? This article defines what the cloud storage term means. Find out about online servers that store your data. and how you can use Internet storage space to securely store your important data just in case your external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc., goes south.

Definition of the Apple ALAC Audio Format
A brief explanation of the Apple Lossless audio format.

FLAC Definition: What is the FLAC Audio Format?
What is the FLAC audio format? If you want a quick and easy-to-understand definition of the lossless FLAC audio format, then be sure to read this article.

Codec Definition: What is a Codec?
What is the definition of the term Codec? This glossary article gives you a quick explanation of what a codec is and how it relates to digital music.

Compressed Audio: How is Audio Compressed?
A short article explaining compressed audio and how the technology behind it works.

ID3 tag Definition: How is an ID3 Tag Used in an MP3 File?
What is an ID3 tag and how is it used in an MP3?

AACplus Definition: What is The AAC+ Format?
Find out in this article what the AACplus format is and how it is used by software programs and online music services.

BitTorrent Definition: What is a BitTorrent?
This article explores the term BitTorrent when used as a file sharing technology.

Audiobooks Definition: What are Audiobooks?
Audiobooks are defined as recordings that you can listen to as apposed to having to read text. They can be useful if you seldom get the chance to read physical publications, or prefer to listen while you are driving for example. Find our more about audiobooks in this definition article.

iTunes Plus Definition: What is iTunes Plus?
iTunes Plus definition: what is iTunes Plus? This article quickly gives you the details of the iTunes Plus feature. Find out about what format is used, the bitrate, and how it relates to Apple's iTunes Store.

Lossless Definition: What is a Lossless Audio Format?
An explanation of the term lossless and how this type of audio format contrasts with lossy encoded digital audio files.

iCloud Definition: What is The Apple iCloud Service?
A brief description about the Apple iCloud service and some of its features.

iTunes U Definition: What is iTunes U?
iTunes U is a free part of the iTunes Store. In this glossary term, we'll show you what type of content you can access and how to start using iTunes U.

What is the Last.fm Scrobbling Feature: An Explanation of the Term Scrobble
Find out what Last.fm's scrobbling is and how it used with their streaming music service.

PMP Definition: What is a Portable Media Player?
PMP definition: what is a portable media player? This article explains what kind of device qualifies as a PMP and how it differs from a standard DAP (digital audio player).

iTunes Definition: What is iTunes?
Find out in this definition of iTunes what its main features are and the file formats that it supports.

Flash Memory Definition: What is Flash Storage?
What is Flash Memory? If you've got an MP3 player or PMP that uses flash memory as storage, you might be wondering how it works or want to find out more about this technology. This short article aims to explain the basic principles of flash memory without getting too technical. You'll also discover how it works and common devices that use it.

Audio Clipping Definition: What is Audio Clipping?
In digital music, the term audio clipping describes the sound distortion that is generated when an audio signal is too large to be represented. If you've tried to record your own audio via a microphone or soundcard input in the past and heard distorted sound during playback, then there is a good chance that you have suffered clipping. In this article, we will explore how this happens and what you can do in order to remove clipping when dealing with your digital music library.

OGG Definition: What is the OGG Format?
Discover by reading this glossary article what the OGG format is and why it is used by software applications and streaming music services.

Vorbis Definition: What is The Vorbis Format?
Find out in this article what the Vorbis format is and some of its applications.

Ripping Definition: What is Ripping?
This article explains what ripping is, its benefits, and some of the ways you can do it in digital music.

Music lockers definition
What exactly are music lockers? Read on to find out what they are and how you can use them for digital music.

Playlists Definition: What are Playlists?
What exactly are Playlists? And more importantly, how can you use them for organizing and listening to your digital music library? Read on to find out the basics of playlists.

iTunes Match Definition: What is the iTunes Match Service?
iTunes Match Definition. You've probably heard all the hype surrounding Apple's iTunes Match service, but what exactly is it? By reading this article, you'll be able to find out how this service works to enable you to store your iTunes song library in the cloud. You will also discover its features, supported audio formats, and service...

MIDI Files Definition: What is MIDI Music?
What is MIDI music? In this short definition of how MIDI files work, we explain how this file type can be classed as a type of digital music format. Even though MIDI files that you may download from the Internet won't work with modern portables (iPhone, MP3 player, etc.), you can convert them into formats such as MP3 and AAC which can then be listened to on practically any portable. Find our more on MIDI files by reading this definition article.

MP3 CD Definition: What is an MP3 CD?
What is an MP3 CD? Creating MP3 CDs gives you the ability to carry around your digital music and play it on hardware devices like CD and DVD players. It's not always practical to use an MP3 player and so using an MP3 CD can be a good solution. You can also fit many more songs and albums on this type of data CD when compared to a standard audio CD -- approximately 8 to 10 albums! To find out more on MP3 CDs, read this informative article that also highlights the pros and cons.

MTP Definition: What is MTP Mode?
What is MTP mode? This article quickly explains what this acronym stands for and how it relates to portable devices that support it.

Bit Depth Definition: What Does Bit Depth Mean?
The term Bit Depth is often confused with another similar sounding audio definition called bit rate. This article will explain what bit depth means and how it can be differentiated from bit rate.

MSC Definition: What is MSC Mode?
You may have seen MSC mode in your MP3 player or PMP device's settings, but what does it actually mean? This article explains what this term stands for and how it relates to digital music devices that support it.

Vocal Removal Definition: How does Voice Removal Software Work?
Do you need to find out more about vocal removal? Removing voice from a song can be achieved using software, but how does it work? This definition article explains the basics on removing the human voice from songs and also goes into detail on how you can use it with your digital music files.

Ringtones Definition: What are RealTones?
Discover by reading this glossary article what ringtones are, the common formats that are used, and how you can create your own from your digital music library.

Google Play Definition: What is Google Play?
If you've already heard about Google Play, but don't know much about it, then this article will quickly give you the details. By consulting this glossary article, you'll also discover how you can use Google's hub of media services to listen to digital music and take advantage of its cloud storage services to stream your existing library to practically any mobile device.

AMR Definition: What is the AMR Format?
Discover by reading this glossary article what the AMR format is and how it used. By reading this definition, you will also learn about some of its applications in the real world.

Apple ID Definition: What can I do with an Apple ID?
What exactly is an Apple ID? And more importantly, what does it enable you to do? This feature, which is also commonly known as an iTunes account (when using Apple's online store), is Apple's all-in-one security platform that enables you to do far more than just buy products on the iTunes Store. To find out more on the Apple ID term, and what you can do with it, read this short definition article to get the lowdown.

Music Metadata Definition: What is Music Tagging?
Music Metadata is the information contained in an MP3 file that identifies various aspects of the encoded audio. But how is it stored? And what software is needed to view and edit this information? Read this quick glossary article about music metadata to find out more.

Crossfading Definition: What is Crossfading?
You have probably heard of the term crossfading. It's a mixing effect often used by DJ's to smoothly fade one song out as the next one starts to play. If you've got a digital music library that you listen to using a software media player like iTunes or Windows Media Player for example, then did you know that you can crossfade your MP3s? In this article, we'll describe in detail what Crossfading is and how you can do it using the right software.

iTunes Ping Definition: What is iTunes Ping?
iTunes Ping is Apple's integrated social networking platform for iTunes. But what exactly can you do with it, and what benefits are there in using it? To find out the answers to these questions and more, read this short iTunes Ping definition article.

iTunes LP Definition: What is iTunes LP?
iTunes LP is a feature of Apple's iTunes Store. When you buy an album that is in the iTunes LP format you get extra content along with the purchased music. But what type of bonus content do you get? And is it all viewable on all your Apple devices? If you want to know more about iTunes LP, then read this definition article that goes into how this facility works and what you'll need to use it.

M4b Definition: What is the M4b Format?
Audiobooks that you purchase and download from the iTunes Store come in the M4b format, but what is the difference between this and other common digital audio formats such as MP3, WMA, M4a, etc? For a complete explanation of the M4b format,including the advantage of using it for the spoken word, read this M4b definition article for more information.

HE-AAC Definition: What is The HE-AAC Format?
You've probably heard of the AAC format which is used with Apple devices such as the iPod, iPhone ,and iPad, but what about HE-AAC? Is this the same? The HE-AAC format (sometimes called aacPlus) is an enhanced format that is particularly good for streaming audio. To find out more about this format -- including how it differs from standard AAC and examples of its applications in the real world -- be sure to read this HE-AAC definition article.

WMA Definition: What is the Windows Media Audio Format?
A brief description of Microsoft's WMA format

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