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AAC test: Does your device play this file?

It’s been 21 years since AAC attempted to challenge MP3. Is it time to test it for syndicated online audio content (podcasts)?

Apple has suggested we change from MP3 to AAC, but many people are afraid that AAC may not be playable on all current players. So I created a bonus test episode. Many people mistakenly believe that that letter A in AAC stands for Apple. That is incorrect. The AAC acronym stands for Advanced Audio Códec, without any mention of Apple in the name. Apple did not create it. Apple just likes it.

AAC has been standardized by ISO and IEC, as part of the MPEG–2 and MPEG–4 specifications. AAC was released in 1997, 21 years ago as I write this. It’s worthwhile to take some time to test it and see the results. All Android versions from 2.3 and later support AAC. My Pixel XL phone has Android version 9, aka Android Pie. Are there any Android devices still in use that are older than version 2.3? If you know of any device that cannot play this file, please write to me via [email protected] including the device model and operating system.

By the way, this AAC file has 48 kHz audio sampling, as do all of my recent MP3 show episodes from BeyondPodcasting, CapicúaFM, Tu salud secreta and Tu radio global. See my article All audio production & distribution should go 48 kHz. Learn why. In addition to playing the file as it’s embedded in this web page, you can also do so using your favorite podcatcher app on your smartphone or tablet, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and many more. Visit BeyondPodcasting.com for more information.

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Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is an award-winning broadcaster & podcaster, bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994,…

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