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AIFC File Extension

Compressed Audio Interchange Format

What is AIFC file?

Files with the AIFC extension belong to the category of audio files.

What do AIFC files contain?

Contents of files with the AIFC extension are CD-quality soundtracks, which makes AIFC files similar to WAV. The fundamental difference, however, is the application of compression, resulting in AIFC files being noticeably smaller. They are primarily used on Macintosh computers. Popular applications allow the conversion of files with the AIFC extension to other audio formats. Such conversion is not always necessary, as most software and hardware players, as well as some gaming consoles, read files with the AIFC extension without any problems.

Programs which support AIFC file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with AIFC files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with AIFC suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Updated: 03/08/2024

How to open file with AIFC extension?

Being unable to open files with AIFC extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with AIFC files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install iTunes

Install software to open AIFC file Problems with opening and working with AIFC files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with AIFC files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing iTunes or different compatible program, such as Adobe Audition, QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit iTunes website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update iTunes to the latest version

Update software that support file extension AIFCIf you already have iTunes installed on your systems and AIFC 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 iTunes cannot handle files with AIFC may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of iTunes is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign iTunes to AIFC files

If you have the latest version of iTunes installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage AIFC on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with AIFC file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the AIFC with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the iTunes installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open AIFC files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with AIFC file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected AIFC file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with AIFC extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the AIFC is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the AIFC file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check AIFC file for viruses
1. Verify that the AIFC in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the AIFC file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the AIFC file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Ensure the file with AIFC extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the AIFC file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. 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 AIFC extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Compressed Audio Interchange Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run iTunes

If the systems has insufficient resources to open AIFC files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Compressed Audio Interchange Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the AIFC files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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