What Audio Formats Does the iPod Touch Support?

iPod Touch

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Audio Formats Supported by the iPod Touch

In order to know what types of audio files you can sync to the iPod Touch, it's a good idea to know what audio formats it is compatible with. This is especially true if you want to get the best out of it as a portable media player (PMP). The average digital music library is often built up from many sources which can include:

If you download songs, audiobooks, podcasts, etc., from the iTunes Store then the usual format they come in is the AAC format. However, the iPod Touch can handle quite a few more audio formats than this. The current supported audio formats for the iPod Touch (4th & 5th Generation) are:

  • AAC (Bitrates 8 to 320 Kbps)
  • HE-AAC
  • Protected AAC (used for DRM copy protection on the iTunes Store)
  • ALAC (Apple Lossless)
  • MP3 (bitrates 8 to 320 Kbps)
  • MP3 VBR (Variable Bitrate)
  • AA (Audible formats 2, 3, 4) / Audible Enhanced Audio / AAX / AAX+
  • WAV
  • AIFF

Can the iPod Touch Be Used with Online Music Services Other Than the iTunes Store?

Yes it can. Many people assume that just because the iPod Touch is made by Apple, the only online music service that they can use is the iTunes Store (also run by Apple). Knowing that the iPod Touch supports all these different formats opens up a selection of music services that you can use to source music and other types of audio. Examples of music services that can be used with the iPod Touch include: