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format file aiff

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

The AIFF file extension is also known as the Audio Interchange File Format. AIFF files were based on IFF format and were developed by Apple Inc. in 1988. These files contain 2 channels of uncompressed stereo audio with 16 bits sample size, recorded at 44.1 kilohertz. They are made for "CD-quality audio, this means a 4 minute song in AIF format would require 40MB of disk space similar to WAV files. This means they are relatively large in size. They support only uncompressed PCM data. They are used for audio recording and are saved in uncompressed format ensuring sound quality. However they are saved in compressed format for exportation. They are the same as AIF files. However AIF is more widely used in PC users. Files in AIFF format can be opened with Apple QuickTime Player, Apple iTunes, and Adobe Audition CS6 in Mac operating systems and Microsoft Windows-based systems.

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Detail aiff file extension information:
File Type: aiff
File Format: Audio Interchange File Format
Primary Association: Audio Files
Mime Type: audio/aiff, audio/mid, audio/rmf, audio/vnd.qcelp, audio/x-aiff, audio/x-gsm, audio/x-midi, audio/x-pn-aiff, audio/x-rmf, sound/aiff