The File Extensions Database

.ALAC File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple
  • Category: Audio Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .ALAC file?

.ALAC is ALAC Encoded Audio File

Audio file created with the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC); used for storing digital music losslessly without losing any sound quality from the original audio data; differs from lossy audio codecs such as AAC.

NOTE: If you see a file with the extension ".alac," it probably is actually an .M4A file (MPEG-4 audio) with a misnamed file extension. This is because ALAC is a codec used for encoding audio data and not an audio file container format like an MPEG-4 file.

Programs that open ALAC Encoded Audio File
Apple iTunes
Microsoft Windows Media Player with K-Lite Codec Pack
MAGIX SpectraLayers Pro
Apple iTunes
Apple QuickTime Player
MAGIX SpectraLayers Pro

How to solve problems with ALAC files

  • Associate the ALAC file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any ALAC file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.ALAC files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the ALAC file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .ALAC is ALAC Encoded Audio File. Because only the current version supports the latest ALAC file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Apple manufacturer website after an available .ALAC is ALAC Encoded Audio File update.
  • To make sure that your ALAC file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.