Play APE files on Mac with high sound quality

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What is Ape

APE is the file extension for Monkey's Audio - an algorithm and file format for lossless audio compression. This means that no quality is lost when an audio file is converted to this format. Monkey's Audio's has a better compression rate compared to FLAC and WavPack. Often Audio CD albums are encoded to APE for backup purposes or for convenience. The advantages of APE format is its effective compression ratio, fault tolerance, and multithreading/multicore support.

APE files are not natively supported by Apple devices, so in order to play APE audio files on Mac without any quality loss you'll need a great APE player for Mac. We recommend Elmedia Player as a Mac APE player.

Elmedia Player - an APE music player Mac app

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Requirements: OS X 10.9+. 59.49MB free space. Version 7.16(2296). (27 Oct, 2020). 4.8 Rank based on 131+ users, Reviews(131)
Category: MultimediaApplication

Elmedia Player knows how to play APE audio files on Mac. This top APE player doesn't need any decoders or plug-ins to play your APEs. Also Elmedia is super versatile, it can play pretty much any popular or rare media file, including OGG, WMA, MP3, AAC files.

So here is how you play APE files with Elmedia Player on your Mac:

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How to play APE on Mac

  1. 1. Download Elmedia

    1.1. The software is available right here on the site, so feel free to download it on the spot and use it.

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  2. 2. Play your audio

    There are several different ways to add APE file to player:

    • Drag APE audio on the open player or onto its icon in the dock.
    • Right-click APE file in Finder and use "Open With" option. Find and choose Elmedia Player on the list.
    • Go to "File" menu and use "Open" option.
  3. 3. There is so much more

    It's not just APE files supported. Elmedia can play FLV, SWF, MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, WMV, and more. It has lots of convenient options and settings and in PRO version can even download APE files from the web.

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How to Play APE Music on Mac with 5KPlayer Free

This freeware app is your ideal APE music player for Mac, especially for hi-res audiophiles. It reads as many HD audio files including FLAC, AIFF, WAV, DSD, ALAC, AAC, OGG, and even supports 7.1 surround sound and Dolby. It also downloads audios in M4A and converts videos to AAC, MP3 audios free. Stable, simple and easy-to-use.

  • Get 5KPlayer for Mac
  • 1.1. Download the app’s Mac version from its official website and launch it.

  • Add APE audio to 5KPlayer

Choose a way to add APE to the player:

★ Drag and drop APE file on the player interface or on its Dock icon.

★ In Finder right-click the APE file and choose "Open With" 5KPlayer.

★ Click the "Music" tab and tap "+" option to browse for APE files.

Elmedia Player
Requirements: OS X 10.9+ , 59.49MB free space
Version 7.16(2296) (27 Oct, 2020) Release notes
Category: MultimediaApplication