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AAC Codec Free Download for Windows 10/8/7 etc.

Free Download AAC Codec for Windows 10/8/7 etc, to Decode/Encode AAC on PC

AAC gradually gets its domination in the digital audio market after Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS announced terminating MP3’s licensing program for MP3 related patents on April 23, 2017. AAC is designed as the successor of MP3 delivering better audio quality at a lower bit rate and used for TV/internet streaming, radio broadcasting. It has a fairly wide compatibility with YouTube, Apple/Android devices and game consoles. However, some players are still unavailable to open AAC files or videos with AAC format, for example Windows Media Player 11 and lower versions. In this case, AAC codec is essential for getting a smooth audio playback. On the other hand, free and open-source AAC implementations empower developers to encode AAC without patent infringement. Now, follow us to free download available AAC codecs for Windows 10/8/7 etc.

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AAC Codecs Available to Download for Windows 10/8/7 etc.

AAC codec can be a software library/project or a set of software tools for encoding or decoding AAC audio. Some AAC codecs can manage both AAC encoding and decoding, while some others can only decode AAC with the purpose of playback or conversion. So, what AAC codecs can we download for Windows 10/8/7 etc? Check the list below.

Nero AAC Codec
Supported OS: Windows, Linux
Type: Encoder/Decoder
License: Free
Download Link: https://www.videohelp.com/software/Nero-AAC-Codec

Nero AAC Codec, developed and distributed by Nero AG, is an all-in-one AAC encoder and decoder supporting MPEG-4 AAC LC, HE-AAC and HE-AACv2 with up to 96kHz sample rate and up to 6 channel (5.1 surround). It is highly praised because it can output high-quality results with small size. This AAC codec gave its last update on 18 February 2010 with version 1.5.4.0. Although it is no longer developer, it can run fine on Windows 10, 8, 7 and lower versions.

Fraunhofer FDK AAC
Supported OS: Android, Windows, macOS, Linux
Type: Encoder/Decoder
License: Liberal
Download Link: https://github.com/mstorsjo/fdk-aac

Fraunhofer FDK AAC is initially developed as an included AAC codec of Android and later expands to other platforms. It supports a wide range of AAC audio object types embracing MPEG-2/4 AAC LC, HE-AAC (AAC LC + SBR), HE-AACv2 (LC + SBR + PS) and AAC-LD/ELD. Audio files with sample rate ranging from 8kHz to 96kHz and up to 8 channels (7.1 surround) can be encoded using its encoding library. The source-code distribution Fraunhofer library named fdk-aac can be applied to other programs, for example HandBrake. >> Further Reading: HandBrake AAC Encoder

FAAC
Supported OS: Windows, macOS, Linux
Type: Encoder (FAAC)/Decoder (FAAD2)
License: Proprietary (FAAC)/Free (GNU General Public License Version 2 or Later for FADD2)
Download Link: http://www.audiocoding.com/downloads.html

FAAC AAC codec includes FAAC encoder and FAAD2 decoder. The former encoder is mainly used to generate AAC (MPEG-2/4 AAC) files from other formats while the later decoder can decode MPEG-2/4 AAC files with the support of audio object types LC, Main, LTP, SBR and PS. The library (libfaad) included in FAAD2 decoder can be used by other programs for AAC decoding, for example AAC ACM Codec.

Besides above codecs which specialize in AAC audio encoding and decoding on Windows, there are several comprehensive codec packs/libraries achieving the same purpose.

Codec Supported OS License Download
FFmpeg Windows, macOS, Linux LGPL 2.1+, GPL 2+ https://www.ffmpeg.org/download.html
ffdshow Windows XP and later GNU General Public License 2.0 https://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout/
K-Lite Codec Pack Windows XP and later Free https://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
Media Player Codec Pack Widows 2003 or later Free http://www.mediaplayercodecpack.com/

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Related External Source from Wiki:
Audio codec - A device or computer program capable of coding or decoding a digital data stream of audio...

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