AIFF is a standard uncompressed audio file format (not a codec) used for storing sound data on personal computers and other electronic audio devices. Co-developed by Apple, it is used on Macintosh computer systems.
The audio data in a standard AIFF file is uncompressed. There is also a compressed variant known as AIFF-C or AIFC, with various compression codecs.
Standard AIFF is a leading format (along with WAV) used by professional-level audio applications, is non-compressed and lossless. Like any non-compressed, lossless format, it uses about 10MB for one minute of stereo audio at a sample rate of 44.1kHz and a sample size of 16 bits (CD quality).
Last modified 14th Dec 2011