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.alac File Extension

Developer: Apple
File type: Encoded File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .alac. Files with the file extension .alac can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .alac files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .alac file?

The ALAC file extension is a data format associated to Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC). ALAC files were developed by Apple. These files use M4A format because ALAC is a codec used for encoding audio data and not an audio file container format like an MPEG-4 file. These are audio files used for storing digital music in lossless format without losing any sound quality from the original audio data. They were first introduced to Mac OS X Core Audio framework in 2004 and were packaged in iTunes 4.5. They are also known as Apple Lossless or Apple Lossless Encoder .They are larger in size so they require more storage space compared to lossy format. They are also regarded as rivals of FLAC and Shorten, and showing strength, ALAC format is now being used by all iDevices. Files in M4A format can be opened with Apple iTunes and Sony SpectraLayers Pro in Mac Os and Microsoft Windows-based systems.

how to open a .alac file?

Launch a .alac file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .alac file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .alac files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .alac file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .alac file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .alac file association errors

applications that open a .alac file

Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes is a software categorized as a media player computer application for playing, downloading, organizing and saving various files, which are digital audios and videos. There is also a feature that enables content managements from iPod models, iPad Touch, iPhone, and iPad. This software can be connected to iTunes Store so a user can download or buy music, videos, audio books, ringtones or even games for iPod in just a click of a button. In fact, it allows the download of various applications via the App Store for some Apple devices, which are iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The downside of this is that it does not enable music transfer from one device to another unit. This program is compatible for Apple’s Mac OS X version 10.6.8 and other later versions, but also works for current Windows OS such as Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista, then for the upcoming Windows 8.
Sony SpectraLayers Pro

Sony SpectraLayers Pro

SpectraLayers Pro is an audio editing software that has sound shaping capabilities which can enable users to view audio data through a multidimensional spectral display, unmix audio files into component layer using smart editing tools, process extracted layers individually in multiple ways. This software is used by engineers, sound designers, audio-video editors, archivists, and professional who requires audio analysis tools. The three configurable tools, harmonics, frequency, and area, will help predict the outcome of a desired selection. Blocks of sound can be shuttled between layers for analysis and repair tasks, and arranging and rearranging of sound. The VST effects can be applied to individual layers, as the software can also pass through whole layers, and even layers with bandwidth limited selections. It can read the following file formats, AAC, AIFF, Apple Core Audio Format , Apple Lossless, FLAC, MP3, RAW/PCM, Real Media, Sun , Video (AVI, MXF, MP1, MP2, MP4, MKV, Quicktime, .vob, .wmv), Ogg Vorbis, Wave, and WMA. It can write in the following file formats, AAC - 256kbps, AIFF - 24-bit PCM, Apple Core Audio Format (.caf), Apple Lossless (.alac), FLAC, MP3 - 320kbps, Wave - 24-bit, Wave - 32-bit, RAW/PCM 32-bit, Ogg Vorbis - 320kbps, and WMA.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .alac files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .alac. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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