High performance music distribution


MPEG AAC Low Complexity (AAC-LC) is the high performance audio codec for excellent audio quality at low bit rates. Co-invented by Fraunhofer IIS, AAC is widely used in mobile music players such as the iPod and mobile phones.


up to statistically transparent

Bit rates

up to 256 kbit/s per channel

Sampling rates

8 to 96 kHz


mono, stereo, multichannel (e.g. 5.1, 7.1)

Used in

Apple iPod, iTunes, QuickTime, ISDB Japan, AV receivers, car radios, mobile music players, mobile phones



AAC-LC is available as part of the xHE-AAC software package. Learn more about xHE-AAC  


Patent licensing:

A patent licensing program covering all versions of AAC is administered by Via Licensing Corporation. Please visit www.via-corp.com for more information or contact info@vialicensing.com.

More information

AAC audio playback tests


Please note: Starting a video transfers usage data to youtube.