How to read .APE files?

March 2017

APE files are a compressed audio files. The APE format is a lossless compression (non-destructive) of the WAVE format. APE files can be decompressed, to recover the original WAV file (without any loss of information).

How to read .APE files?

Some solutions:
The APE DirectShow Filter, allows you read APE files using any application using DirectShow (e.g Windows Media Player). When converting APE files to MP3, it is necessary to opt for a bitrate higher than 196 kbps. The OGG VORBIS encoding is recommended as it is free. First convert the APE file to to WAVE using softwares like Monkey's Audio or Foobar and then convert it to MP3.

Original document published on


Published by deri58.
This document, titled "How to read .APE files?," is available under the Creative Commons license. Any copy, reuse, or modification of the content should be sufficiently credited to CCM (