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Name Apple Core Audio Format
Version 1.0
Other names  
Identifiers PUID:  fmt/416
Classification Audio
Description Apple’s Core Audio Format is a file format for storing and manipulating digital audio data. It is fully supported by Core Audio APIs on Mac OS X v10.4 and later and on Mac OS X v10.3 with QuickTime 7 or later. CAF provides high performance and flexibility, and is scalable to future ultra-high resolution audio recording, editing, and playback. CAF files have several advantages over other standard audio file formats: • Unrestricted File Size • Safe and Efficient Recording • Support For Many Data Formats • Support For Many Types of Auxiliary Data • Support of Data Dependencies
Byte order Big-endian (Motorola)
Related file formats None.
Technical Environment  
Released 04 Jun 2005
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by Apple Computer, Inc.
Supported by Apple Computer, Inc.
Source Georgia Tech Research Institute / Georgia Tech Research Institute
Source date 11 Jun 2012
Source description
Last updated 19 Jul 2013
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