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.aac File Extension

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File type: Advanced Audio Coding File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .aac. Files with the file extension .aac can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .aac files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .aac file?

AAC files contain compressed digital audio and music data stored in the Advanced Audio Coding format, and these files are appended with the .aac extension. Digital audio data compression and encoding specifications are implemented into the content of an AAC file, and these standards are similar to the protocols integrated into the content of MP3 files, with the addition of performance optimizations deployed to maintain the overall sound quality and clarity of the audio data from the original source. These performance additions include less complex data filter banks, more effective handling protocols for 16 kHz and above audio frequencies and better stationary or transient signal coding efficiency. Audio files that are embedded with Advanced Audio Coding specifications may also be stored in the M4A format, which are also compressed audio files appended with the .m4a extension. These AAC encoding specifications are implemented by Apple iTunes as its default encoding standards, and widely used media players like Winamp and Windows Media Player are also embedded with compatibility support and playback functionalities for these .aac files, which means the content of .aac files can be viewed using these media players.

how to open a .aac file?

Launch a .aac file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .aac file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .aac files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .aac file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .aac file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .aac file association errors

applications that open a .aac file

Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes is a software categorized as a media player computer application for playing, downloading, organizing and saving various files, which are digital audios and videos. There is also a feature that enables content managements from iPod models, iPad Touch, iPhone, and iPad. This software can be connected to iTunes Store so a user can download or buy music, videos, audio books, ringtones or even games for iPod in just a click of a button. In fact, it allows the download of various applications via the App Store for some Apple devices, which are iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The downside of this is that it does not enable music transfer from one device to another unit. This program is compatible for Apple’s Mac OS X version 10.6.8 and other later versions, but also works for current Windows OS such as Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista, then for the upcoming Windows 8.
Apple iTunes Producer

Apple iTunes Producer

Apple iTunes Producer is a music management software that features assistance in preparing songs and other forms of audios for different applications and programs. It enables a user to encode music in AAC format type, provide details about a song, an album or a cover art, and send audio files to Apple. This same program is also used to publish books from using iBooks Author, which is an e-Book authoring software. This means that the iBooks Author must be also installed on the computer, along with iTunes and iTunes Producer in order to send any e-books you make. Anyway, whatever is sent to iTunes always require the registration or login of iTunes Connect account, which can be done in a few, quick seconds. Furthermore, iTunes Producer is handy and useful for individuals who like to create music that they want to sell and offer in iTunes for other users to buy and download. It is mostly used by aspiring musicians to sell their independent music to the world as a first step to get into the music industry.
Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6

Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6

Winamp Media Player 5.6 is a popular media player for Windows. This player was developed by Nullsoft and it allows users to play multimedia content such as audio and video. The software not only provides users with all the tools they need to organize their audio and video files but it also allows them to burn and rip CDs and even sync files from mobile devices. Winamp also features a playlist editor that allows users to create and manage their song lists as well as its media library effectively organizes all the audio and video files so that they can be located in one location. This software also has visualization features wherein animated graphics can be displayed along with the music being played. This media player also comes with a customizable user interface wherein users can change skins, as well as it supports not only a large number of file formats but it also supports a lot of user-developed plug ins.
Microsoft Windows Media Player

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Playlist (WPL) is a computer file format that keeps multimedia playlists for video and audio collections. It is an owned file format utilized in Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 9 to 12. The fundamentals of WPL files are represented in XML format. These .WPL files can be accessed and utilized by the Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6 application version as well as the Roxio Creator 2012 program. WPL files are also known as Windows Media Player playlist files, which are indicated by the Microsoft Windows Media Player or the other media players with support for WPL files as reference data when users open these playlist files and begin to access the content stored in it. The top-level aspect specifies that the file's elements go after the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) structure. The information contained in these WPL files are directory locations to the video files and audio content chose by the creator of the .WPL file, this enables the media player application to quickly and easily find and play the video and audio content from their directory locations.
VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player is a multi-media player software that is considered to be an open source and cross platform multimedia player with framework. Thus, a product that can play most of the standard files of multimedia plus CDs, DVDs and VCDs. It also plays different streaming protocols, supported applications or devices and webcams. There is also the ability to play audios of various codecs even if there are no codec packs included: MPEG-2, WebM, MP3, WMV and MKV. This software works on most Windows computers, Mac OS X PCs, Linux and well as Unix. In addition, there is descryption for DVD which is executed via the libdvdcss library. It also has playback control support for all computers compatible with it using libcdio or libvcdinfo. On Mac computers, this media player can grab audios and videos from EyeTV applications and other devices that capture EyeTV data. On GNU and Linux, it supports encoding cards that are compatible with V4L2 and MPEG-2 which are Visiontech Kfir and Hauppage WinTV-PVR 250-350.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .aac files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .aac. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.


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