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File TypeAdvanced Audio Coding File

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CategoryAudio Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.


Compressed audio file similar to an .MP3 file, but offers several performance improvements; examples include a higher coding efficiency for both stationary and transient signals, a simpler filterbank, and better handling of frequencies above 16 kHz; maintains quality nearly indistinguishable from the original audio source.

More Information

Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is the default encoding used by Apple iTunes and the iTunes Music Store.

NOTE: While the ".aac" extension is sometimes used for AAC-encoded files, they are typically saved with an .M4A file extension.

Programs that open AAC files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Microsoft Groove Music
Nullsoft Winamp
Apple iTunes
Media Player Classic
VideoLAN VLC media player
Audials One 2016
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
Adobe Audition CC 2015
Applian Replay Converter
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
Mac OS X LogoMac
Apple iTunes
VideoLAN VLC media player
Roxio Toast 14
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
Adobe Audition CC 2015
Linux LogoLinux
VideoLAN VLC media player
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
XMMS with AAC plugin
iOS LogoiOS
olimsoft OPlayer
Android LogoAndroid
File Viewer for Android
Videolabs VLC for Android
Updated 3/16/2016