AIFF abbreviated as Audio Interchange File format for storing digital audio data developed by Apple Corporation, which is standard audio file format for Mac computers and laptops. It supports diversity of bit resolutions, channels and sample rates of audio. The AIFF can even result in uncompressed PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) file, that is large in file size but maintains superior sound quality. Nowadays, most of the professional computer users make use of AIFF file format as it produces digital audio waveforms.
AIFF also facilitates lot of flexibility such as copying, changing file formats, editing and other post production activities. They are the Mac \ Apple corresponding WAV files, though both Windows and Mac OS based systems \ laptops identifies AIFF format. The file extension of AIFF file format is .aif or .aiff.
The regular AIFF file encloses two channels of uncompressed stereo audio with the size of 16 bits, recoded at the rate of 44.1 KHZ; usually this is referred as CD quality audio. The AIFF file holds 10MB per minute audio, which means the song will be of 4 minutes and requires nearly about 40 MB disk space for storage (that is equivalent to WAV file). Nevertheless, AIFF file is ten times larger than MP3 file, which is recorded at 128 kbps.
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NOTE: The standard AIFF file format will not support compressed audio data, so Apple Corporation decided and developed a variation of AIFF format known as AIFF-C to support compressed audio data. This format is also totally based on original AIFF format but provides some additional space in the structure of file to describe the form of compression. So, the AIFF-C file format supports and stores audio generated from manifold compression algorithms. For compressed variants the file format is .aifc.