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What are AIFF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an AIFF file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your AIFF files.

What is an AIFF file?

An .AIFF file is an Audio Interchange File Format audio file.

Files with the AIFF file extension are Audio Interchange File Format audio files. Normally they are created with the .aiff file extension, but it is relatively common to see them using the .AIF file extension instead.

The AIFF file format was developed by Apple in 1988 and is based on Electronic Arts' Interchange File Format, which was widely used on the Amiga home computer.

The audio data in AIFF files is uncompressed, so AIFF files' size is much bigger than compressed audio file formats like MP3. A lesser-known variant of AIFF contains compressed audio data, and those files are normally using the .aifc file extension.

How to open AIFF files

We have identified two AIFF openers that are compatible with this specific type of AIFF file.

Programs that open Audio Interchange File Format audio files

Last updated: December 28, 2023

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterVerified
VLC Media PlayerVLC Media PlayerVerified
Zoom PlayerZoom PlayerVerified
K-Lite Mega Codec PackK-Lite Mega Codec PackVerified

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