.AIFF File Extension

Audio Interchange File Format

Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) stores sound data for personal computers. AIFF has no provision for alternative byte order. Because AIFF architecture has no provision for alternative byte order, ...

General Information

Title AIFF File Extension
Extension .aiff, .aif
Full Form Audio Interchange File Format
File Type Audio File
Developer Apple Inc.
MIME Type audio/x-aiff

File Function

Primary Function Store sound
Additional Functions Looping, multi-track audio
Features High-fidelity, Uncompressed

File Characteristics

Quality High
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Music Production Yes
Professional Audio Yes
Archival Storage Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Low
Best Practices Regular backups, Conversion to more compact formats

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1988
Latest Revision AIFF-C (1989)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .wav, .mp3, .aac

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Apple iTunes Free Windows, Mac
VLC Media Player Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix
Adobe Audition Subscription Windows, Mac