CAF File Extension

Have a problem opening a .CAF file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what CAF files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .CAF file type?

CAF stands for the Core Audio Format created by Apple Inc. for efficient delivery, storage and playback of audio information. The CAF file format is supported by Mac OS X 10.4 and later and QuickTime Player version 7 and later.

CAF files are commonly used as a container for a wide range of audio data formats and employ various compression algorithms. Besides audio, .caf files can store useful supplementary information such as text annotations or markers required to manage or edit their audio contents.

In comparison with other industry-standard audio formats like WAV and AIFF, CAF files are reported to offer a higher performance value: they don't have the 4GB file size limit and can store as many channels as required.

Despite these technical advantages, the CAF format lacks compatibility with many popular devices: Windows-based computers, Android phones, PSP, iTunes, iPods, iPhones or iPads, etc. You need to convert .caf files into a more common audio format to open them on these devices.

Software to open or convert CAF files

You can open CAF files with the following programs:
VLC media player
VLC media player by VideoLAN
QuickTime by Apple Inc.
Winamp by Nullsoft, Inc
GOM Player
GOM Player by GOM & Company

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