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.caf File Extension

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

what is a .caf file?

Files appended with the CAF extension are called Core audio files, and these are audio files containing data referenced by supported applications developed by Apple. These files can also be created, opened and viewed using these Apple applications that are integrated with support for these CAF files. Some of these Apple programs can be used to open and edit files in the CAF format for further modifications and additions to its audio data and text details entered by the author of the CAF files, and these applications include the Apple GarageBand 2011 software and the Apple Logic Pro 9 program. Version 7 (and later) of the Apple QuickTime Player software can also be installed in Microsoft Windows-based systems to open and view the content stored in these CAF files, and Audacity is another Mac and Microsoft Windows program that can be used to author and edit CAF files. The content of these CAF files may include text annotations among other details relevant to the audio file integrated with the Core Audio specifications developed by Apple. These CAF files are similar to audio data stored in the AIFF format, though these CAF files are not limited to just 4 Gb of audio data and are implemented with support for storing data from multiple audio channels.

how to open a .caf file?

Launch a .caf 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 .caf 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 .caf files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .caf file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .caf file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .caf file association errors

applications that open a .caf file

Apple QuickTime Player

Apple QuickTime Player

Apple QuickTime Player is a multimedia player software that handles a variety of files of different formats from digital photos to panoramic images, audios to videos as well as interactivity. This multimedia player program is available for Mac OS X computers as well as later versions of Windows computers. This software product by Apple has Software Development Kits or SDKs which is available to the public as long as subscribed with the Apple Developer Connection or ADC. It has QuickTime framework, which is compatible with other free player applications, that provide several functions. These include the encoding of audios and videos, transcoding of those same files, decoding with the option to send a decoded stream to graphics subsystem or audio subsystem, and a component plugin architecture to support other codecs (third party like DivX). The latest version of this software is QuickTime Player 7 which is downloadable for free for Mac and Windows computers.
Audacity for Microsoft Windows

Audacity for Microsoft Windows

The latest versions of Audacity should be downloaded by Windows users. The Audacity 2.0.2 installer which is 20.4 MB in size, and includes the help files is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The smaller version Audacity 2.0.2 zip file, with only 8.3 MB and does not include the help files, is also compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. This should be downloaded when the user wants a smaller download or they could not run the application because od restricted permissions. Windows also has the options for additional Plug-ins and Libraries, which includes the LADSPA plug-ins 0.4.15 installer which is 1.5 MB in size and has over 90 plug-ins, the LAME MP3 encoder which allows MP3 files to be exported, and the FFmpeg import/export library which allows Windows users to import and export audio formats and to use audio from video files. The recommended system requirement for Windows 7 (64-bit) is 4 GB of Ram and 2 GHz processor and the minimum is 2 GB of RAM and 1 Ghz processor. For Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate or Windows 7 (32-bit), the minimum system requirement is 1 GB of RAM and 1 GHZ processor and the recommended requirement is 4 GB of RAM and 2 Ghz processor. For Windows Home Basic the recommended system is 2 GB of RAM and 1 GHz processor and the minimum is 512 MB of RAM and 1 GHz processor. For Windows 200 and Windows XP, the recommended system is 512 MB of RAM and 1 GHz processor and the minimum is 128 MB of RAM and 3 MHz processor.
Audacity for Mac

Audacity for Mac

In downloading Audacity for MAc, it is advisable to download the latest version of the software. Available downloads for MAC are as follows: the Audacity 2.0.2 which is 28.4 MB including the help files, for OS X 10.4 or later (Universal Binary), the Audacity 2.0.2 zip file which is 13.3 MB in size for OS X 10.4 or later (Universal Binary), this used if the user opts for a smaller download and without the help files. This can also be used when the installer isn't able to run because of restricted permissions. There are also alternative download links if the user needs older versions. Optional download is given for MAC users, this includes Plug-ins and Libraries. The LADSPA plug-ins installer has over 90 plug-ins, the LAME MP3 encoder which allows MP3 files to be exported, and the FFmpeg import/export library which allows importing and exporting of several audio formats and also in importing audio taken from video files. Mac users should at least have 1 GB of RAM and a 1GHz processor or a 2 GB of RAM with 2GHz processor on OS X 10.7 or later to assure optimal performance of Audacity. If Audacity will be used for lengthy multi-track projects, users should have a minimum of 2 GB of RAM and 2 GHZ processor or 4 GB of RAM on OS X 10.7 or later for guaranteed satisfaction.

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Apple Logic Pro 9

Apple Logic Pro 9

Apple Logic Pro 9 is a digital audio workstation software and also a MIDI sequencer. It enables an individual to write music, record, mix and edit anything created with the tools and features integrated on the program. There is a huge collection of sources for music making from instruments to sound effects as well as loops. It has surround capabilities and full automation tools as well. The editing functions which are accessed on the menus, toolbars and controls make your music creation more exciting, easier and quicker. In fact, you can customize the transport areas and toolbars for a personal touch. It is designed for beginners and even professionals as there are templates which you can use either for scratch or with guides and just customize to make it more original. There is also Track Import that is selective which means you can re-use any recordings and settings from different music projects or audio files. The writing tool has various capabilities too so you can make your own melody, harmony and beat to create original songs or music.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .caf 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, .caf. 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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