MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III, more commonly referred to as MP3, is an audio coding format for digital audio which uses a form of lossy data compression. It is a common audio format for consumer audio streaming or storage, as well as a de facto standard of digital audio compression for the transfer and playback of music on most digital audio players. MP3 is an audio-specific format that was designed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) as part of its MPEG-1 standard and later extended in the MPEG-2 standard. The first MPEG subgroup Audio group was formed by several teams of engineers at Fraunhofer IIS, University of Hannover, AT&T-Bell Labs, Thomson-Brandt, CCETT, and others.
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). This is a standard serial communication protocol that allows computers, synthesizers, sequencers, controllers and other electronic musical devices to communicate and share information to generate sounds. This information defines various data types such as numbers may correspond to particular notes, numbers synthesizer patches or driver settings. Because of this simplicity, the data can be interpreted in various ways and used for purposes of music. The protocol includes additional hardware and software specifications.