AIFC - Compressed Audio Interchange File

What is a AIFC file

An AIFC file is a compressed version of an AIFF file format. AIFF stands for Audio Interchange File Format. The AIFC file was developed by Apple. This file is one that is typically used by gaming consoles and various media players. The audio contained in a AIFC is very high quality and rivals the sound of a CD (compact disc). It is similar in nature to a .WAV file, however the AIFC file compresses the size of the file by using a form of audio compression. This compression can be done by using ALAW, ULAW or G722 compression. This type of compression is frequently called a file type of AIFF-C.

The size of a typical AIFF sometimes makes it too cumbersome or difficult to use. That means the file must be compressed in order to give it more flexibility, particularly when transferring the file. The compressed version of the AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format) is called AIFC. The compression ratios on an AIFC file are typically very high, and have been known to reach a level of 6-to-1. Although originally developed by Apple, an AIFC file can be opened on other devices as long as you have the proper tools installed. When the file is compressed, it is put into “chunks”. These chunks include an identifier, length and data specific to each chunk.

Here's a small, but not exhaustive list of programs that can open AIFC documents:

  • Apple iTunes
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • Microsoft Windows Media
  • Adobe Audition CC
  • Vgmstream
  • Cog
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