Smart & Connected Life iPods & MP3 Players What Audio Formats Does the iPod touch Support? Play popular file formats for music, audio books, and podcasts By Mark Harris Writer Mark Harris is a former writer for Lifewire who wrote about the digital music scene and streaming music services in an easy to understand, no-nonsense manner. our editorial process Mark Harris Updated March 06, 2020 Justin Sullivan / Getty Images iPods & MP3 Players Working From Home Headphones & Ear Buds Smart Home Smart Watches & Wearables Travel Tech Connected Car Tech iPods & MP3 Players Tweet Share Email If you download songs, audiobooks, podcasts, and related content from the iTunes Store, the usual format these files come in is the AAC format. However, the iPod touch can handle a few more audio formats than just AAC. List of Supported iPod Touch Audio Formats The supported audio formats for the fourth generation and fifth generation devices include: AAC (Bitrates 8 to 320 Kbps)HE-AACProtected 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+WAVAIFF In addition to these file formats, your iPod touch supports other streaming media services like Spotify and Pandora.