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Compatible File Format Types

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Locating and identifying audio file types

If your audio files are in a supported format, you can view and play them in iTunes. To check audio file compatibility with iTunes, follow these steps:
  1. Browse to the audio files stored on your PC.
    Most music files are stored in the My Music folder inside the My Documents folder.
  2. Click the Audio file icon.
  3. Click File and then click Properties.
    The file type is listed under the General tab.
    Refer to the following table to see a few of the common file format types and their definitions.
NOTE:The iPod may not be able to play music files that are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Supported audio file formats
Audio file formatAudio file extension Audio file definition
AA (Audible.com spoken word formats 2,3,and 4).aa Spoken word format developed by audible.com. Used to securely distribute digital audiobooks, radio shows, audio versions of popular magazines, and daily newspapers.
AAC (protected).m4p Advanced Audio Coding. One of the audio compression formats defined by the MPEG-2 standard. AAC files generally have higher quality audio reproduction than the most popular music files and are about 30% smaller.
AAC (unprotected).m4a
AAC (spoken word).m4b
Apple Lossless*.m4aAn audio codec developed by Apple for lossless encoding of digital music. Apple Lossless files offer the same quality as AIFF or lossless WAV, but probably take less space.
AIFF*.aif Audio Interchange File Format, a common format for storing and transmitting sampled sound. AIFF files cannot be compressed, so they tend to be large.
MP3 (up to 320 Kbps).mp3 MPEG Audio Layer 3. MP3 files were one of the first audio file types that could be compressed to about 10% the size of an original music CD track (about 4 MB per typical song). MP3 files are supported by most audio software and music players.
MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR).mp3
WAV.wav The WAV file format was developed for storing sound in a Windows environment. WAV files can be recorded to CD and played in most music players. WAV files tend to be large.
*These file formats are not compatible with Apple iPod shuffle from HP. You can convert these file formats to AAC for iPod shuffle play.
NOTE:Windows Media Audio (WMA) files are not directly supported by iPod players. iTunes can be used to convert WMA files into a compatible file format that can be used in the iPod.

Locating and identifying photo file types

You can sync many photo file formats to the iPod with color display. To check photo file compatibility with iTunes, follow these steps:
NOTE:This section only pertains to Apple iPod from HP with color display.
  1. Select the Start menu, and click My Documents, and then My Pictures.
  2. Select the Picture file icon.
  3. Click File and then click Properties. You can find the file type on the General tab.
    Refer to the following table to see the common file format types. iTunes recognizes the same file formats as those assigned in Adobe PhotoShop Album and Adobe PhotoShop Elements.
Supported photo file formats
Photo file formatPhoto file extension Photo file definition
BMP.bmpBitmap file format. Mainly used for computer screenshots. Bitmaps usually take up more space than GIF or JPEG files.
GIF.gifGraphics Interchange Format. Useful for graphics and line drawings where a lot of the same color is used. GIF files can also be animated.
JPEG.jpegJoint Photographics Experts Group. Works best for photographs viewed on a computer screen. Photographs that have been saved as JPEG files usually take less space than other formats.
PNG.pngPortable Networks Graphic. Enables compression of high-resolution images without any loss of quality. Takes up less space than a GIF file.
TIF.tifTag Image File Format. One of the most common graphic image formats, TIFF files are used in desktop publishing, faxing, 3-D applications, and medical imaging applications.
NOTE:You can only sync photos one way, from iTunes to iPod.

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