An industry standard for the storage of sound data on various electronic audio devices is the AIFF (Audio Interchage File Format) extension. Apple used Electronic Art’s Interchange File Format to produce it in 1988. (IFF). AIFF files are substantially bigger than the well-known compressed and lossy MP3 files since they are uncompressed (lossless). Loop data and sound samples can be found in AIFF files. MAC OS-powered PCs frequently employ AIFF files. Professional musicians who appreciate the high quality of the files and have the necessary storage capacity are the most popular AIFF file consumers. Even though the storage methods used for the various types of AIFF files vary slightly without affecting the files’ quality, they are frequently saved under the same file extension.
10mb of storage are needed to store one minute of an AIFF file (at 44.1 kHz and 16-bits). Common, Sound data, Marker, Instrument, Comment, Name, Author, Copyright, Annotation, Audio recording, MIDI data, Application, and ID3 are just a few of the chunks that can be found in AIFF files. Common and Sound are the two data chunks that are always necessary. Multiple files can be sent at once between the disc and application using AIFF files to stream data quickly. Although not needed, compressed AIFF files should use the AIFC extension. AIFF-C/sowt is one type of AIFF file. Although the two are essentially equivalent and can be converted back and forth without sacrificing quality, conversion is necessary because some apps cannot play the AIFf-C/sowt.
list of programs that can open AIFF documents:
- Apple QuickTime
- VLC media Player
- Windows Media Player