.AIFC File Extension

A .AIFC file is a Compressed Audio Interchange File, created by Apple.

Open with Audacity. Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

What is a .AIFC file?

An AIFC file is a type of audio file that is similar to an AIFF file, but it is compressed to take up less space on your computer or device. AIFF stands for Audio Interchange File Format, and it was created by Apple in 1988. This format is great for storing high-quality audio, like the sound you would hear on a CD. However, because these files can be quite large, the AIFC format was developed to compress the audio, making the file smaller without losing too much quality.

The compression in an AIFC file can be done using different methods, known as codecs. Some common codecs used for AIFC files include ULAW, ALAW, and G722. This compression helps save space, which is especially useful for devices with limited storage or for sending audio files over the internet more quickly.

To open an AIFC file, you can use various programs. Some of the most popular ones include: - Audacity: A free, open-source program for recording and editing sound. - VideoLAN VLC media player: A free media player that can play most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. - vgmstream: A tool designed to play music from video games. - File Viewer Plus (available from Microsoft): A universal file viewer for Windows that can open and display over 300 different file types. - Microsoft Windows Media Player: A media player included with Windows operating systems that can play audio, video, and view images. - Adobe Audition 2023: A professional audio workstation for mixing, finishing, and editing sound. - Apple iTunes (Discontinued): Was a media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application. - Apple Music: A music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc. - Apple QuickTime Player: A multimedia framework capable of handling various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. - Other audio players and web-based tools like vgmstream-web can also open AIFC files.

AIFC files are particularly useful when you need to store CD-quality audio but have limited storage space. While they are compressed, they still retain a good level of audio quality. Remember, though AIFC files are primarily saved with the .aifc extension, they might also be found with .aiff or .aif extensions when compressed.


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