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Archived - iPod shuffle: Compatible audio formats

iPod shuffle can support a variety of audio formats. Here's a list of compatible and incompatible formats. For other iPod model audio formats, click here.

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Compatible audio formats (codecs)

  • AAC (M4A, M4B, and M4P up to 320 Kbps)
  • MP3 (up to 320 Kbps)
  • MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR)
  • WAV
  • AA (Audible spoken word, formats 2, 3, and 4)

A song encoded in AAC or MP3 format has near CD-quality sound, but takes up much less space than a song encoded in AIFF or WAV format. When you import music from a CD using iTunes, songs are converted to AAC format by default.

Using iTunes for Windows, you can convert non-protected WMA files to AAC or MP3 format. This can be useful if you have a library of music encoded in WMA format.

Incompatible codecs

  • AIFF *
  • Apple Lossless *
  • MPEG Layer 1
  • MPEG Layer 2
  • WMA
  • Audible format 1

For more information, open iTunes and from the Help menu, choose iTunes and Music Store Help.

* AIFF and Apple Lossless files can be copied to iPod shuffle if they are converted. Click here for more information.

Last Modified: May 14, 2009
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