rm RealNetworks, an internet streaming Media Company, is credited as the developers and owners of the proprietary RealMedia multimedia container format. The filename extension .rm refers to this format which is used as an audio and video wrapper to distribute digital media content over the internet. The first version of this container was released in 1997 and has been popularized for its ability to unpack the digital stream while it is being downloaded over computer networks such as the internet. The format is platform agnostic and works equally well on Microsoft Windows as it does on Linux or Mac OS.
mp3 First released in 1995 and developed by the Fraunhofer Society, the mp3 audio format is arguably one of the most recognizable audio file format that ever existed. This digital audio encoding format hails from the lossy data compression algorithm family. The format enjoys widespread support and compatibility with most handheld music players, smartphones, computers, and in car stereos most of which have native support for the format. It is also a popular format used for distribution of audio files over computer networks such as the internet. Free mp3 encoders such as LAME and audacity give authors the tools necessary to create .mp3 files.