IPod File Format Compatibility Guide

A guide to which files will work on your iPod and in iTunes

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A guide to what audio, video, and image file types are prevalent online and which ones work with iPod and iTunes.

File FormatFile TypeAssociated WithCompatible with iPod?
MP3AudioOpen*Yes
AACAudioAppleYes
WMAAudioMicrosoftNo
AIFF**AudioOpenYes
WAV**AudioOpenYes
M4AAudioAppleYes
M4PAudioAppleYes
Ogg**AudioOpenNo
FLACAudioOpenNo
RA/RAMAudioReal NetworksNo
H.264VideoOpenYes
MP4VideoOpenYes
WMVVideoMicrosoftNo
MOVVideoAppleNo
JPEGImageOpenYes
GIFImageOpenYes

* Though not 100% open (in the legal or technical sense) in all cases, these file formats are widely used and, in many cases, not controlled by just one company.
** Can be converted using third-party software to mp3, aac, etc.

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