What isAAC protected

AAC Protected refers to audio files in the Advanced Audio Coding format that have been encrypted by Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management technology. FairPlay is designed to prevent unauthorized copying or distribution of music files, protecting the commercial interests of the rights holders.

AAC is a high-quality digital audio format that offers better sound quality than MP3 at the same bit rate. It is the standard audio format for many popular devices and platforms, including YouTube, Apple Music, iPhone, iPad, and game consoles.

Protected AAC audio files were the default format for music sold in the iTunes Store before 2009. These files can only be played on authorized Apple devices and cannot be played on non-Apple devices such as Android phones or Sonos HiFi systems.

Since April 2009, Apple has removed DRM protection from its iTunes music files and uses a new format called iTunes Plus as its default format for music purchases. However, not all iTunes files are guaranteed to be DRM-free, so it may not be possible to download all iTunes files to MP3.

FAQs

What is AAC audio format?

AAC is a digital audio format that offers better sound quality than MP3 at the same bit rate. It is the standard audio format for many popular devices and platforms, including YouTube, Apple Music, iPhone, iPad, and game consoles.

What is FairPlay digital rights management?

FairPlay is a digital rights management technology developed by Apple to prevent unauthorized copying or distribution of music files.

Can AAC Protected files be played on non-Apple devices?

No, AAC Protected files can only be played on authorized Apple devices.

Conclusion

AAC Protected refers to digital audio files in the AAC format that have been encrypted with Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management technology. While Protected AAC audio files cannot be played on non-Apple devices, Apple has moved away from DRM protection in its iTunes music files. However, it is not guaranteed that all iTunes files can be downloaded to MP3 due to FairPlay protection.

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