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What is an aac file and how do I open an aac file?

AAC, or Advanced Audio Coding is a compressed audio file similar to an MP3 file with several performance improvements such as higher coding efficiency for both stationary and transient signals, a simpler filterbank, and better handling of frequencies above 16 kHz. AAC maintains quality nearly indistinguishable from the original audio source and is the default encoding used by Apple iTunes and the iTunes Music Store.

Digital audio data compression and encoding specifications are implemented into the contents of an AAC file, and these standards are comparable to those integrated into the content of MP3 files, with the addition of performance optimizations deployed to maintain the sound quality and clarity of the audio data from the original files. These performance additions include less complex data filter banks, more effective handling protocols for 16 kHz and above audio frequencies and greater stationary or transient signal coding efficiency. Audio files that are embedded with Advanced Audio Coding specifications can also be stored as an M4A file, which are also compressed audio files appended with the .m4a extension. AAC encoding specifications are implemented by Apple iTunes as its default encoding standards, and widely used media players such as Winamp and Windows Media Player are also embedded with compatibility support and playback functionality for these .aac files, which means the content of .aac files can be viewed using these media players.

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Detail aac file extension information:
File Type: aac
File Format: Advanced Audio Coding File
Primary Association: Audio Files