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List of common audio and sound file extensions

Here is a list of audio file formats typically used for store music or used for audio production purposes.

Common audio files may change in time as the popularity and significance of some formats can change.
Whole category of audio files contains now 1275 file types. Show all audio and sound file types.


A 3ga file extension is used for audio files stored in 3GPP multimedia file format. 3GPP file format was developed for 3G and UMTS mobile networks multimedia services. 3GPP is supported by variety of mobile producers, such as Nokia, Samsung etc. 3GA file extension identifies only audio stream stored in 3GPP multimedia container. Audio stream can use AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, AAC-LC, HE-AAC v1 or Enhanced aacPlus (HE-AAC v2) audio codecs.

aac file icon aac 

An aac file extension is associated with the Advanced audio coding file format (AAC) that provides audio encoding with better sound quality and compression ratio than older formats, such as mp3 or ogg.

aiff file icon aiff 

Files with aiff extension can be typically found as digital music (audio) files saved in the Audio Interchange Format.

amr file icon amr 

Files with amr suffix can be usually found as songs or music saved in Adaptive Multi-Rate compressed audio format. Can be played in several media players, like VLC player. Also AMR format is supported by many mobile phones.

ape file icon ape 

Files with ape suffix can be usually found as audio files in Monkey's Audio lossless audio compression format.


An arf file extension is used for WebEx advanced recording files. WebEx applications are used to create and recording Internet meetings. WebEx advanced recording file contains video and audio data, and many other information saved on separated panels.

asf file icon asf 

An asf file extension is associated with the Advanced Systems (streaming) format a standard video format used by Microsoft Windows.

asx file icon asx 

Files with asx extension are commonly used for Advanced Stream Redirectors. A link of sort used to launch streamed video in Media player.

cda file icon cda 

A cda file extension is generally associated with tracks found on audio CDs. Typically located on all original audio discs, ie. not ripped to MP3s. It can be played in all audio or media players.


Files with dvf suffix can be found as audio files in a proprietary compressed voice format used in dictation recorders made by Sony. Digital Voice Editor software can export the .dvf files to WAV format.

flac file icon flac 

A flac file extension is used for audio files compressed with the FLAC, aka Free Lossless Audio Codec. FLAC files do not lose any quality with their compression as MP3 do, but they are generally larger. Most modern media players support playback of FLAC files.

gp4 file icon gp4 

A gp4 file extension is associated with Guitar Pro 4, a multi track editor of guitar and bass tablature, which allows you to create whole scores for guitar, bass or other stringed instruments in a few minutes. 

gp5 file icon gp5 

Files with gp5 suffix can be usually found as projects from Guitar Pro tablature software. Contains saved work in progress.


Files with gpx extension can mainly be found as projects created in Guitar Pro version 6 and higher. Tablature software.

logic file icon logic 

The logic file extension is related to the Apple Logic Pro and used for its music project files.

m4a file icon m4a 

An m4a file extension is used for audio files stored in MPEG-4 (MP4) container and used AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), or Apple Lossless (ALAC) audio compression. M4A is very popular on Mac computers, because it is default audio format used by iTunes. M4A is also default audio format for Apple portable devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad).

m4b file icon m4b 

An m4b file extension is used for Apple MPEG-4 AAC audio files that contain audio books or audio podcast shows downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store. An m4b is similar to M4A audio format, but contain other metadata, like chapter markers, images and hyperlinks. M4B unlike M4A is able to remember the position, where it was paused.

m4p file icon m4p 

The m4p file extension is associated with the proprietary version of AAC (advanced audio coding) for the MP4 file format with Digital Rights Management developed by Apple, for the use in music files downloaded from their iTunes Music Store.

midi file icon midi 

Files with midi extension can be generally found as audio files in MIDI format.

mp3 file icon mp3 

A mp3 file extension is commonly known to be associated with compressed audio files in MP3 format, playable in all media players.

ogg file icon ogg 

Files with ogg suffix can be typically found as sounds or music in Ogg Vorbis compressed audio format.


Files with pcm extension can be mainly found as uncompressed digital audio files, sometimes just renamed WAV audio files.


Files with rec suffix can be typically encountered as various recordings or other recorded data, such as mostly recorded videos and sounds.


Files with snd suffix can be in most cases found as audio files in one the many formats that had this extension.


Files with sng suffix are generally audio files, in one of the many formats that used the same suffix. Most are obsolete and no longer used.

uax file icon uax 

An uax file extension is used for audio files in games based on Unreal game engine, like Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Unreal II, etc.

wav file icon wav 

A wav file extension is associated with the Wave Form Audio container file format. It is used to store sounds as waveforms.

wma file icon wma 

A wma file extension is associated with the Advanced Systems Format (advanced Streaming Format, Active Streaming Format) container that is used to store multimedia data. A wma file stores audio in Advanced Systems Format container and compressed by Windows Media Audio (WMA) codec.

wpl file icon wpl 

A wpl file extension is associated with Windows Media Player and used for its playlist files. Playlists contain list of songs that will be played when the wpl file is opened.


Files with the zab extension can be found as special audio books saved in the Zipped Audio Book file format.

This is a list of some the most common file types from this category and may change in time as the popularity and significance of some formats can change. Whole category of audio files contains now 1275 file types. Show all audio and sound files.

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