The .AA3 file extension is basically an ATRAC Audio File format. This file format is mainly a compressed audio format type that makes use of the Sony's Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding (ATRAC) compression algorithm. The Sony audio devices mainly support this file type.
The .AA3 file format does not comprise of any DRM (digital rights management) or copy protection. If you want to make use of the .AA3 file format to a Sony audio device, then you need to change the .AA3 extension to .OMG file format.
Programs that can handle AA3 files are as follows. Files with AA3 extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening AA3 files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Sony ATRAC Audio Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with AA3 files.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening AA3 files is that no program that can handle AA3 files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select SonicStage or one of the recommended programs (for example, ACID Pro, ACID Music Studio, Sound Forge) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download SonicStage installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Sony Corporation website and download from their official repositories.
If you already have SonicStage installed on your systems and AA3 files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that SonicStage cannot handle files with AA3 may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of SonicStage is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If you have the latest version of SonicStage installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage AA3 on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the AA3 file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the AA3 file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the AA3 file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If the AA3 file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with AA3 extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Sony ATRAC Audio Format file again.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support AA3 files. Close all running programs and try opening the AA3 file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Sony ATRAC Audio Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with AA3 files affecting older versions of given software.
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