AIFF is a audio file format.
AIFF files are used for storing audio data encoded in PCM format, making the AIFF file a high-quality audio storage file. AIFF format support various encoding parameters whit the most common being encoding at 44,1 kHz sample rate with 16 bits per sample. AIFF format also supports lossy compression (AIFF-C or AIFC file specification). Beside audio tracks, AIFF files can also be used to save effects data (loops, for example) or audio samples.
AIFF is na a way equivalent to WAV standard for Mac OS X systems. It is most commonly employed for storing audio CD data. Lossless AIFF format offers high quality audio for the price of large file size. This makes it a poor candidate for sharing audio data over the Web. However, in professional software audio editing (recording studios), AIFF files are used extensively.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with AIFF files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with AIFF 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.
Problems with accessing AIFF may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Audio Interchange Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening AIFF files is that no program that can handle AIFF files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Winamp or one to the listed programs: iTunes, QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support AIFF files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Winamp installed is by going to developer’s website (Radionomy) and downloading the software using provided links.
You still cannot access AIFF files although Winamp is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that Winamp cannot handle files with AIFF may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Winamp is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing Winamp (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open AIFF files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper AIFF file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the AIFF 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 AIFF file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If the AIFF file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with AIFF extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with AIFF extension. In this case close the other applications.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Audio Interchange 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 AIFF files affecting older versions of given software.
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