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WAV to AIFF

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Information about WAV
File extension
wav
File category
Audio
Stands for
Waveform Audio File Format
Developer
Microsoft and IBM
Overview
WAV or WAVE is an audio format which was developed to store audio files on personal computers. These files include music, spoken or speech audios and sound effects. The size of the files in this codec is very large as it does not use a lossy format like MP3. This is the main reason why this format has lost its popularity. Due to its size, it is hard to transfer files over the internet which had resulted in less acceptance. This format is supported by many programs like a window Media player. Therefore, these audio files can be played using aforesaid software. One can not completely ignore this format as it provides high quality of audios. Due to this, it is used for radio broadcasting.
Technical description
This format supports metadata that is why we can add details using information chunk. Data in this codec is stored in chunks as it is an application of RIFF(Resource interchange file format). Furthermore, LPCM(Linear pulse code modulation) is the most common, uncompressed audio format in this, but it can also store compressed audio like MP3. Also, it is especially used by professionals as LPCM audio format offers a maximum quality. Only files up to 4 GB are supported by this format which is one of the limitations in this format. This is because of 32-bit unsigned integer which carries the file size header. To overcome this, W64 format came into existence which can record long audios as it enables 64-bit header.
Links
wikipedia.org
Information about AIFF
File extension
aiff
File category
Audio
Stands for
Audio Interchange File Format
Developer
Apple Inc.
Overview
AIFF is an uncompressed audio file format. It keeps the original file without losing any data. This is the main reason why these files require more storage space. One minute-long audio requires nearly 10MB space. It is widely used by Apple Macintosh/Apple Mac and also musicians use this format for their recordings. Exact copies of music can be formed using this format with the added benefit of sound quality, which is well maintained in these files. Though it follows lossless format(not compressed), yet, there is another variant of it named AIFF-C developed by Apple afterwards and it is the compressed version. The only disadvantage of these files is a large size.
Technical description
Mostly AIFF files have uncompressed Pulse Code Modulation(PCM) data which means at regular intervals the amplitude of the analog signal is reduced from continuous-time signal to a discrete-time signal and every sample is quantized to the closest value. An AFF file has various parts which are known as chunks and each chunk has its own ID which is mostly termed as FourCC. This ID is a sequel of four bytes which distinctly identify data formats. The several chunks found in this format are Common, Sound data, Marker, Instrument, Comment, Name, Author, Copyright, Annotation, Audio recording, MIDI data, Application, and ID3. The first two chunks are essential every time(Common chunk and Sound data Chunk). Lastly, these files have the capability of storing Metadata in five chunks-Name, author, comment, annotation and copyright. Metadata delivers information about the data that is data about data.
Links
wikipedia.org
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