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.alaw File Extension

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File type: A-Law Compressed Sound File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .alaw. Files with the file extension .alaw can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .alaw files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .alaw file?

The ALAW file extension is a data format associated to A-Law Compressed Sound. ALAW files and A-Law Compressed Sound were released in 1972. These files represent audio compression scheme common in voice only applications and are mostly used in European systems. Slightly similar to u-Law compression format, it compresses original 16-bit audio down to 8 bits (for a 2:1 compression ratio) with a dynamic range of about 13-bits.The compression data is half the size of the original sample. With such compression rate, logarithmic encoding and decoding is fast and basically falls under WAV file category. They are also known as CCITT standard G.711 and are used to improve signal to noise ratio for digital telephones. This indicates that lost information would not be heard by the human ear. They have the ability to optimize the dynamic range of an audio signal. Files in ALAW format can be opened with Apple QuickTime Player in Mac Os and Microsoft Windows-based systems.

how to open a .alaw file?

Launch a .alaw file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .alaw file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .alaw files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .alaw file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .alaw file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .alaw file association errors

applications that open a .alaw file

Apple QuickTime Player

Apple QuickTime Player

Apple QuickTime Player is a multimedia player software that handles a variety of files of different formats from digital photos to panoramic images, audios to videos as well as interactivity. This multimedia player program is available for Mac OS X computers as well as later versions of Windows computers. This software product by Apple has Software Development Kits or SDKs which is available to the public as long as subscribed with the Apple Developer Connection or ADC. It has QuickTime framework, which is compatible with other free player applications, that provide several functions. These include the encoding of audios and videos, transcoding of those same files, decoding with the option to send a decoded stream to graphics subsystem or audio subsystem, and a component plugin architecture to support other codecs (third party like DivX). The latest version of this software is QuickTime Player 7 which is downloadable for free for Mac and Windows computers.
ShedWorx Smart Converter

ShedWorx Smart Converter

Smart Converter is a conversion utility software that can convert and play more than 100 file formats and also play iTunes automatically. It has batch conversions and advanced features that helps give more control on the conversions. When the user will choose a media file and put it into Smart Converter they will then choose a conversion type and the software will immediately analyze the file and executes what needs to be converted. Its batch processing feature enables it to queue and convert numerous files simultaneously which also contains file information, the details of the media file in the queue that could be readily seen. These files are saved wherever the user prefers it to be saved, they can even convert it to iTunes. It as an AC3 passthrough and conversions may be repeated multiple times in different file format outputs, users will also be notified after every successful file conversion completion. It supports video file formats that include Audio video Interleave (avi), Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD), Matroska Video Container (mkv), Flah Video (flv), Windows Media Video (wmv), and QuickTime video (mov). Audio files with these file formats are supported, Windows Media Audio (wma), Advanced Audio Coding(m4a), and free Lossless Audio Codec (flac).

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .alaw files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .alaw. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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