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'''Advanced Audio Coding''' ('''AAC''') forms part of the latest specifications from the MPEG committee, and is their official successor to the popular [[MP3]] format. As with MP3, the AAC format is an international standard, and is backed by several big-name companies, including Dolby, Sony and Nokia.
 
'''Advanced Audio Coding''' ('''AAC''') forms part of the latest specifications from the MPEG committee, and is their official successor to the popular [[MP3]] format. As with MP3, the AAC format is an international standard, and is backed by several big-name companies, including Dolby, Sony and Nokia.
  
With the 26 years that had passed since the creation of the MP3 format, many improvements had been realised leading to a seemingly complex specification with several flavours of AAC available. To potentially add to the confusion, AAC is usually wrapped inside an [[MP4]] container to provide tagging and seeking benefits. For this reason, AAC can also be referred to as MP4 audio.
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With the 13 years that had passed since the creation of the MP3 format, many improvements had been realised leading to a seemingly complex specification with several flavours of AAC available. To potentially add to the confusion, AAC is usually wrapped inside an [[MP4]] container to provide tagging and seeking benefits. For this reason, AAC can also be referred to as MP4 audio.
  
 
There are several AAC encoders to choose from, coming from large names such as Apple ([[iTunes]] and [[QuickTime AAC]]), Real Networks and Nero AG (Creators of Nero Burning Rom), or the open source [http://www.audiocoding.com FAAC] which is analogous to the [[LAME]] encoder. AAC is supported on some hardware players, most notably the [[Apple iPod]] and some cell phones, and is available in Apple's online store.
 
There are several AAC encoders to choose from, coming from large names such as Apple ([[iTunes]] and [[QuickTime AAC]]), Real Networks and Nero AG (Creators of Nero Burning Rom), or the open source [http://www.audiocoding.com FAAC] which is analogous to the [[LAME]] encoder. AAC is supported on some hardware players, most notably the [[Apple iPod]] and some cell phones, and is available in Apple's online store.

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