CD audio is one major file type which most songs are stored into. This format however changes depending with the type of player used. For instance, when you rip songs from your CD to your PC, these songs will convert to WAV.
On the other hand, when you rip the same songs from the same CD to your Mac, they will convert to AIFF.
This is because these types of file formats are designed to be supported by particular devices. In our case here, we have the same songs but existing in three different file formats.
When it comes to iTunes, you will find that not all file types can be supported. It actually supports five different file extensions which includes:
AAC: this file format is not a product of Apple as many people think. It’s actually part of the MP4 standard and is currently compatible with most players and devices unlike the early days.
AIFF: this file type is much similar to WAV. It is responsible for converting an audio CD to a format which can be read by a computer. Since it’s uncompressed, it takes a lot of your disc space.
Apple Lossless: unlike AIFF, this file type saves on disc space since any CD files imported via this format only consumes a small portion of your memory. It’s also a product of Apple.
MP3: this file type is very familiar since it’s among the initial catalysts of the digital music revolution. It’s also highly compatible with all digital players as well as the latest software which handle digital music.
WAV: it’s much similar to AIFF since its also uncompressed meaning that it takes a lot of your disc space.
You should be careful when converting songs from one lossless format to another since it can lead to data loss if not done correctly.