The various application areas of data compression are:

  • Audio data compression reduces the transmission bandwidth and storage requirements of audio data.
  • Audio compression algorithms are implemented in software as audio codecs.
  • Lossy audio compression algorithms provide higher compression at the cost of fidelity and are used in numerous audio applications.
  • These algorithms rely on psychoacoustics to eliminate or reduce the fidelity of less audible sounds, thereby reducing the space required to store or transmit them.
  • Video Compression uses modern coding techniques to reduce redundancy in video data.
  • Most video compression algorithms and codecs combine spatial image compression and temporal motion compensation.
  • Video compression is a practical implementation os source coding in information theory.



  • Genetics compression algorithms are the latest generation of lossless algorithms that compress data using both conventional compression algorithms and genetic algorithms adapted to the specific datatype.
  • To emulate CD-based consoles such as the Playstation 2, data compression is desirable to reduce huge amounts of disk space used by ISOs.
  • For example, Final Fantasy XII (computer game) is normally 2.9 gigabytes. With proper compression, it is reduced to around 90% of that size.