That solitary digit contrast may give the feeling that they are pretty much something very similar, yet nothing could be more distant from reality. They each have their own unmistakable uses, chronicles, and points of interest — so permit me to rehash, MP3 and MP4 are not two versions of something very similar.
Right now, clarify a portion of the key contrasts that everybody should think about. When you’ve completed the process of perusing, you’ll know precisely which document type is directly for your needs.
In any case, before I plunge into the distinctions, it’s essential to comprehend from where the two document types began.
MP3 is short for MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3. It was one of two configurations that were considered for the MPEG sound standard back in the mid 1990s. Hardware firm Philips, French research foundation CCETT, and Germany’s Institute for Broadcast Technology sponsored the configuration on account of its effortlessness, absence of mistakes, and computational productivity.
The choice was come to in 1991 and MP3 records entered the open area in 1993.
MP4 represents MPEG-4 Part 14. This innovation depends on Apple’s QuickTime MOV position, yet includes support for different other MPEG highlights. The record type was first discharged in 2001, yet it’s the 2003 re-discharge that is currently regularly utilized when you see MP4 documents.
Sound Only versus Computerized Multimedia
The most major distinction somewhere in the range of MP3 and MP4 is the sort of information they store.
MP3 records must be utilized for sound, though MP4 documents can store sound, video, despite everything pictures, captions, and content. In specialized terms, MP3 is a “sound coding” position while MP4 is an “advanced interactive media holder” group.
MP3: The King of Audio
Since they are so acceptable at putting away sound, MP3 records have gotten the true standard for music programming, advanced sound players, and music gushing locales. Regardless of which working framework or gadget you possess, you can be certain MP3s will work directly out of the container easily. It’s the reason MP3 players may in any case merit purchasing.
The principle reason they’re so famous is the manner in which the document type works. MP3s utilize lossy pressure, which immeasurably diminishes the size of a sound document while scarcely influencing its quality. The procedure works by stripping out every one of the information that is past the consultation scope of the normal individual, at that point packing the rest as proficiently as could be allowed.
MP4: More Uses, More Flexibility
MP4 records are “holders” — rather than putting away the code for the document, they store the information. All things considered, MP4 documents don’t have a local method for dealing with the coding of the record. To decide how the coding and pressure will be dealt with, they depend on explicit codecs.
There are several codecs out there today, however relatively few will work with standard MP4 players. All together for a player to have the option to peruse and play a MP4 record, it must have the equivalent codec itself. The most broadly upheld codecs are:
Video — MPEG-4 Part 10 (H.264) and MPEG-4 Part 2.
Sound — AAC, ALS, SLS, TTSI, MP3, and ALAC.
Captions — MPEG-4 Timed Text.
These codecs give MP4s significantly more adaptability than MP3. For instance, M4A documents (which are MP4 records that just contain sound) can deal with both Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and Apple Lossless Audio Coding (ALAC). The decision on quality dwells with the client. Whichever way the record will show up as a MP4 document, yet the information inside the record will vary inconceivably.
Other than sound, MP4 records can likewise contain video, pictures, and content. You’ll regularly observe different document augmentations that give a sign of the kind of information inside the holder. Here are probably the most widely recognized:
MP4 — The main authority augmentation.
M4A — Non-ensured sound.
M4P — Audio encoded by FairPlay Digital Rights Management.
M4B — Audiobooks and web recordings.
M4V — MPEG-4 Visual bitstreams.