What formats does Picard support?

Picard supports the following file formats:

  • MPEG-1 Audio (.mp3, .mp2, .m2a)

  • MPEG-4 Audio (.m4a, .m4b, .m4p, .m4v, .mp4)

  • Windows Media Audio (.wma, .wmv, .asf)

  • Microsoft WAVE (.wav)

  • The True Audio (.tta)

  • FLAC (.flac)

  • Audio Interchange File Format (.aiff, .aif, .aifc)

  • Musepack (.mpc, .mp+)

  • WavPack (.wv)

  • OptimFROG (.ofr, .ofs)

  • Monkey’s Audio (.ape)

  • Tom’s lossless Audio Kompressor (.tak)

  • Speex (.spx)

  • Generic Ogg files (.ogg)

  • Ogg FLAC (.ogg, .ogv)

  • Ogg Theora (.ogg, .oga)

  • Ogg Opus (.opus)

  • Ogg Audio (.oga)

  • Ogg Video (.ogv)

  • ADTS stream / AAC (.aac)

  • AC-3 (.ac3, .eac3)

  • Direct Stream Digital (.dff, .dsf)


WAVE files lack a standard for proper tagging. Picard uses ID3v2 tags to tag WAVE files, but this is not supported by all software. For compatibility with software which does not support ID3v2 tags in WAVE files additional RIFF INFO tags can be written to the files. RIFF INFO has only limited support for tags and character encodings.