AAC File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an AAC file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .AAC files.

What is an AAC file?

An .AAC file is an Advanced Audio Coding file. AAC is an acronym for Advanced Audio Coding. Files that contain the .aac file extension normally hold compressed audio files. The AAC file format has been standardized by ISO and IEC and adheres to the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 file specifications.

The AAC file format is similar to the MP3 file format. However, AAC files offer improved encoding, support for multi-channel audio, and better sound quality. While MP3 files have notable sound distortion due to the compression algorithms that are used by the MP3 file format, the quality of AAC files is almost impossible to differentiate from the original audio source.

How to open AAC files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension AAC for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different AAC openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension AAC

While we know of one file format using the .AAC file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .AAC file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of AAC files. Remember, different programs may use AAC files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with AAC-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with AAC-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!