How to easily play AIFF files on Windows [Guide]

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If you are trying to play an AIFF file on Windows Media Player and get an error message saying that says the file is not compatible. Media Files that end with AIFF file extension is an Audio Interchangeable File Format files and known to cause this error on Windows computers.

But there are ways to play them and you can learn how to do it here.

How to Play AIFF files on Windows 10

What are AIFF media files?How to Play Aiff File

The audio files with AIFF extension are different from your common MP3 audio format as these files are uncompressed. While the AIFF format helps in retaining high-quality audio, the file size tends to go over 10 MB for every minute of audio.

Your Windows Media Player is capable of running the AIFF Files. Other media players that are capable of running the AIFF files are Apple iTunes, VLC, Media Player Classic, etc.

To play any .aiff files on Windows 10, you only need to double-click on the audio file and Windows Media Player should be able to play it without any issues.

Looking for the best audio files converter? Here are the best options to choose from.

1. Adobe Audition [Recommended]

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Adobe Audition is a professional tool for video and audio creators who want to take their recordings to the next level.

It seamlessly integrates with other Creative Cloud apps and it is regarded as the industry’s leading audio cleanup and restoration tool. It also goes without saying that it supports all audio formats and will allow you to easily play AIFF files on Windows 10.

If you’re serious about the audio quality of your content, Adobe Audition is the place to start. You can easily record, edit and apply effects to your audio clips and then import them into other software such as Premiere Pro.

Here are some, but by no means all, of the features you can use with Adobe Audition:

  • Waveform or Multitrack view
  • Add audio effects to recordings
  • Presets for easy edits
  • Batch processing
  • Non-destructive effects

=> Download Adobe Audition for free

2. VLC Media Player

Play Aiff Files with VLC Player

  1. To make sure the problem is not due to Windows Media Player, download VLC Player from the official website, here, if you don’t have it already. Install VLC media player.
  2. After the installation is over, right-click on the .aiff audio file and select Open with.
  3. From the list of apps select VLC Player.
  4. VLC Player should be able to play AIFF files in Windows 10 without any issues.

How to Convert AIFF Files to MP3?

Conver Aiff File using iTunes

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  2. Drag and drop the file onto iTunes.
  3. Right-click on the File and select Convert > Create MP3 Version.
  4. Apart from MP3, you can convert the file to better formats like FLAC, AAC,  AC3, M4R, etc using a free file converter like DVDVideoSoft Free Studio.
  5. Once the file is converted, try to open it in Windows Media Player to check if it is not corrupted.

FAQ: AIFF audio format

  • Where is AIFF used?

AIFF is an audio format created by Apple in 1988. The standard is an uncompressed audio format, which makes it excellent for high-quality recordings, but like other lossless audio formats, it takes up more disk space. AIFF issued in the Apple environment and in the audio industry as a lossless recording format.

  • What are the advantages of AIFF?

AIFF is a lossless audio format, similar to FLAC. These types of files offer excellent uncompressed audio quality and high bitrates, but at the cost of high disk usage. You can convert these files to other, more common audio formats by following the steps above.

  • How do I convert AIFF to mp3 on Windows?

You can use specialised software like Adobe Audition, or iTunes to convert AIFF to MP3.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2019 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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