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AIFF File Extension

Audio Interchange Format
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What is AIFF file?

AIFF is a audio file format.

Contents of AIFF files

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.

Use cases for AIFF files

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.

Programs which support AIFF file extension

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.

Updated: 11/27/2023

How to open file with AIFF extension?

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.

Step 1. Download and install Winamp

Install software to open AIFF file 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.

Step 2. Update Winamp to the latest version

Update software that support file extension AIFFYou 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.

Step 3. Set the default application to open AIFF files to Winamp

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.

Associate software with AIFF file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the AIFF with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Winamp is installed, check the Always use this app to open AIFF files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with AIFF file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with AIFF extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Winamp and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with AIFF extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the AIFF for errors

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.

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

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.

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

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.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

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.

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

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.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

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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