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The oldest lossless codec?

I was just curious, what was the first lossless format used to store music in files? Was it WavPack in 1998? How did it all start? Since I first encountered lossless in mid 2006 (FLAC or APE cannot remember), I had for sure missed the initial wave...


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Wow, 1993... That is way ahead of time.

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Comparison of audio coding formats.

ATRAC - 1991

I remember Shorten and OptimFROG as earliest for me in early 2000s. Didn't realise Shorten was so old.



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Shorten was the oldest one in circulation for dedicated audio files I've ever seen.
I've seen people sharing PCM audio files packed with Zip or other lossless data compressors earlier though, which *technically* is also "lossless audio compression".

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There are 32 and 64 bit compiles at Rarewares if anyone is interested in playing with it. :)

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Several good data compressors other than zip included "multimedia" (delta, sound, picture) compression with decent ratio, but I don't know any that came before Shorten.


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Interesting that since Shorten there wasn't any revolutionary change in lossless compression of audio.
http://www.audiograaf.nl/losslesstest/Lossless%20audio%20codec%20comparison%20-%20revision%204.pdf

It's not surprise that now FLAC is pretty standard and as for the rest of  newer lossless formats it's pretty "too little too late"

Rice coding is 50 years old at this point, so barring some unlikely fundamental mathematical breakthroughs, all codecs are going to be stuck on the same compression/performance curve. 

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Wouldn't be (L)PCM be the or at least one of the oldest audio codec.

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I remember something like wavzip or zipwav, late 90's. Also, Monkey's Audio.
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Monkey's Audio does not predate Shorten.

 
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