What Audio Formats Does the iPod Touch Support?

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If you download songs, audiobooks, podcasts, and related content 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 just AAC.

List of Supported iPod Touch Audio Formats

The supported audio formats for the fourth- and fifth-generation devices include:

  • 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

In addition to these file formats, your iPod touch supports other streaming media services like Spotify and Pandora.