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Chapter fourteen. Using Windows Media Pl... > Understanding Digital Media Files

Understanding Digital Media Files

In the world of computers, all data has always been stored in digital format. (In a digital file, information is assembled from a series of 0 and 1 bits.) Digital is better than its counterpart (called analog) in that noise and distortion aren't introduced into the process. A digital copy, if recorded properly, can be an exact copy. It's impossible to make an exact copy using analog methods.

In the audio and video world, music and movies used to be stored non-digitally. (Vinyl records and VHS videotapes are both analog formats.) However, with the advent of compact discs (CDs) and digital video discs (DVDs), music and movies began to be stored digitally.


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