aac The advanced audio coding audio format or AAC format for short is a standardized audio encoding format designed to succeed the popularized mp3 format. It is the result of the collaborative efforts of several companies including bell labs, Nokia, and Sony among others. It was initially released in 1997 as part of the lossy digital audio compression family of audio encoding formats. AAC enjoys a wealth of native compatibility and support by different platforms, hardware, and software applications including video game consoles such as the PlayStation 3, Nintendo DSi, and platforms such as Android, and YouTube. Today even diverse hardware such as in dash car audio players have native support for the format.