How to Convert AIFF Files to WAV Files in Freeware

The AIFF, Audio Interchange File Format, for sound was developed by Apple and is typically used on Macs. AIFF files are non-compressed and contain large amounts of data; therefore, it's best to convert them to the WAV file format if your are using a PC computer for editing your sounds. WAV files are much easier to edit, and work well on both Macs and PCs.


You can convert sound files from the AIFF to WAV format by using the freeware Audacity. Audacity is open-source software that is available for a variety of operating systems, including Linux, Microsoft Word and Mac OS X.

Instructions

    • 1

      Obtain the Audacity freeware program by following the link in Resources and installing the program on your computer.

    • 2

      Open Audacity and select "File" from the menu. Select "Open" to open your AIFF file.

    • 3

      Once your AIFF file is open and you see the wave form for your audio file, select "File" again.

    • 4

      Select "Export as WAV" from the drop-down menu.

    • 5

      Type in the name under which you want to save your file and select "Save."

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