What types of audio files can I sync to the iPod Touch?
Audio Formats Supported by the iPod TouchIn 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:
- online music services.
- Songs ripped from CDs.
- Legal file sharing (BitTorrent) sites.
- Songs recorded using Internet Radio recording software.
- Recorded streaming Music and audio.
- Music transferred from cassette tapes, vinyl records, etc.
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)
- 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+